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A Hidden Magic Paperback – August 1, 1997
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A Hidden Magic is a pretty exciting story. The greatest thing about the book though is its humor. Vande Velde uses a lot of word-play which works very well. The scene with the dragon is the best in the book. A Hidden Magic is a very entertaining novel. Other books in this vein are the Dealing With Dragons series by Patricia Wrede, of course the Harry Potter books, Smith of Wooten Major and Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Princess Bride by William Goldman (though this one is for older readers), and also everything by Lloyd Alexander.
This book is for all ages and I recomend it to everyone. I would rate this book a 100. I think it's a must read and you should definatly get it, it's a good cassette as well as book, and the company is really good because they have different people doing the different characters, if you like this one you should look at The Arkadians and Dealing with Dragons. I hope you found this helpful and thanks for reading it.
So begins Vivian Vande Velde's fairy tale, A Hidden Magic. As you might expect, Jennifer meets Prince Charming who is immediately bowled over by her grace and beauty. The two marry and live happily ever after, having perfect children who someday grow up to have perfect children of their own. Well, okay, so Prince Charming isn't really bowled over by her beauty. And he isn't really that charming. In fact, I've rarely met a more egotistical (self-centered) stuck up prig in my life. But he is pretty to look at, and to a young somewhat homely girl like Jennifer that seems important.
This story is an obvious parody (misrepresentation) of the standard fairy tale. A Hidden Magic feels somewhat predictable at times. This book is almost exactly the opposite of the standard "handsome prince rescues princess" story, which we are all used to reading and in its attempt to parody it loses much in the way of originality.
The characters are:
Jennifer, a princess who's a bit homely and works at her father's old, run-down castle. Later, when she is faced with adversity (difficulty), she reacts well, keeping her goal in mind and doing her best to achieve it. She has a chubby, good-natured kind of face that parents would tend to call nice and sweet disposition (character) and really is quite a likable girl, but certainly isn't your typical princess.
Prince Alexander is a bold, arrogant (self-centered), proud, exquisite to look at and totally aware of it, and generally a royal pain. Women fall all over him and her knows it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first Vivian Vande Velde book decades ago, and consequently my favorite. I love how it turns fairy tale tropes on their heads long before it became popular. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Young
Nice clear audio with "southern belle" narration. Actors voices clear and enjoyable.Published 15 months ago by Donna Dawes
These days books like "A Hidden Magic", which is essentially a comedic deconstruction of some of the most familiar fairytale tropes, are a dime a dozen. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by R. M. Fisher
Captivating from its humorous opening paragraph, this sweet, funny, innocent tale is definitely a "must read!!! Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by The Enchanted Bookworm
I like twists on the traditional Prince and Princess Charming fairy tales. Loved the ending. Won't spoil it though.Published on June 15, 2007 by Gomerel
Review for A HIDDEN MAGIC Vivian Vande Velde
"Appearances can be Deceiving"
This delightful spoof on traditional fairy tales is an immediate... Read more
Honestly. "Kinky hair" says it all. I recommend this book for whenever there's a dull moment--in the car, on a plane, during a class lecture when the teacher isn't looking. Read morePublished on June 14, 2005 by sheepy_wolf
Just a quick blurb for the time being, as everyone is already heaping praise on it. Warning: I'm playing Devil's Advocate here. Read morePublished on February 24, 2004 by Kris Johnson