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Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams Hardcover – September 13, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: Royal Princess Academy
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737501
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 2-3-Emma is no ordinary princess. She may be a member of her family's royal court, but she'd rather be riding dragons than looking pretty or learning how to have perfect posture. She even wants to talk her parents into letting her have a dragon as a pet for her birthday. Emma's unprincesslike maneuvers and knowledge of dragons might come in handy, though. All of the dragons in the kingdom are getting sick, and no one knows why. Can Emma figure out a way to save them? The characters are likable and entertaining, the humorous plot moves quickly and holds readers' interest, and the appealing cartoon illustrations add another dimension. Princess fans will not be disappointed by this early chapter book.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Library, Murray, UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Emma is “not your typical princess.” She doesn’t like pink, she is not competent at princessy activities like sleeping lightly, and she would rather play soccer than dance. But since she was born into a royal family, she is stuck with the system as it is, and tries to do her best at the Royal Princess Academy, where she is a first-year student. The book could have been divided into two; in the first half, Emma is competing in the All-School Princess Contest, and in the second half, she is investigating why the kingdom’s dragons are losing their sparkle and becoming ill. Rennert plays with several standard fairy-tale tropes, and while she doesn’t turn them on their heads, she does attempt to present a character who learns to value her talents. The book, with Florian’s fun cartoonlike black-and-white art throughout, is unlikely to appeal to readers not already invested in princess stories, but fans of the genre will enjoy Emma as she tackles (sometimes literally) royal behavior. Grades 1-3. --Kara Dean

More About the Author

Laura Rennert is the author of a highly illustrated chapter book ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY, DRAGON DREAMS (Dial, Sept. 2012), illustrated by French artist Melanie Florian, and of a picture book BUYING TRAINING AND CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR (Knopf, 2009) illustrated by Marc Brown ... yes, that Marc Brown, the creator of the beloved character Arthur.

Lots of girls go through a princess stage, and Laura's daughter Emma was no exception. First, Em adored everything princess-y, and then she wanted to be the least princess-y girl ever. This funny, relatable switch inspired ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY, DRAGON DREAMS.

Laura herself is still stuck in a dinosaur phase that she never outgrew. If she weren't an author and literary agent, she would want to be a paleontologist. To borrow a line from a reader, she also thinks that "every princess should know how to tame her own dinosaur!" Though she doesn't have a dinosaur, Laura does own a ferocious chihauahua-saurus that you can see on her website,

She is also a literary agent, and represents award-winning and best-selling authors, including #1 NYT bestsellers Ellen Hopkins and Jay Asher, #1 NYT bestseller and Printz Honor Finalist Maggie Stiefvater, and National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Duey, as well as brand new, first-time authors.

Customer Reviews

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Kids will love this book.
Great read for girly-girls and not-so-girly girls!
The reading level was perfect for my 1st grader.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booktoo on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is time for a twist to the Princess stories and Emma, great- great- granddaughter of Snow White, is the right one to begin the new tradition. Emma is a feisty princess who wants the adventure of riding a dragon rather than ballroom dancing. She competes in the Royal Academy's All School Princess Contest and the fun begins.
The playful illustrations by Ms Florian add dimensions to each chapter.
Emma is clever strong female character which young readers will enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ReadsALot on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Princess Emma loves her dogs, but she also wants a dragon, and she's not so good at doing all the things that a princess should. Little girls will love the feisty, not-quite-perfect Princess Emma. It's wonderful to see a strong female character in a princess book, and the friendships between Princess Emma and her friends are nicely drawn. Princess Emma has a real adventure, and does some good in the process, which is a fresh approach in a chapter book. The illustrations are absolutely adorable! Great read for girly-girls and not-so-girly girls!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By csyusten on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This may very well be the best book I've ever read to my children.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you why:

1. The main character, Princess Emma, is a great role model for any little girl. She's tough, smart, caring, and sticks to what she loves: dragons. Though she tries to be what the Royal Princess Academy wants her to be, she proves that being herself is much more becoming of a princess.
2. The chapters are short and easy to read out loud.
3. The writing is engaging to even the toughest listener. My youngest is a total rebel when it comes to our nightly reading sessions. She never wanted to listen, until Dragon Dreams. The author, Laura Joy Rennert, has a great talent and I hope she continues to write about Princess Emma.
4. The reading level was perfect for my 1st grader.
5. The illustrations by Melanie Florian were so cute, my kids couldn't wait to see what was on the next page.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this as your next read-aloud because, parents, you will love this book as much as your kids do!
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