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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing Inc; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593731477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593731472
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 3–6—Princess Olivia lives with King Horace and Queen Cora in a crumbling castle in the Green Mountain Kingdom now known as Vermont. Her mother is a worrywart, and her father is quite melancholy-especially when he thinks about the poor condition of the royal bank account. Princess Olivia goes out to her bower one day to play, where she befriends a hoop snake, a snake that has swallowed its own tail, turning itself into a living hula hoop. In the woods, Olivia runs into the dreaded and villainous Count Carlos Maximillian Von Dusseldorf, who cannot believe his good luck to have stumbled upon the princess all alone. He promptly throws her into a cage and carts her off to the middle of the woods with his magical minion, Georgette, in order to blackmail a ransom out of her parents, not realizing that they are, in fact, destitute. With the moaning and groaning king and his worrisome queen rambling through the woods searching for their missing daughter, helped by the dashing Prince Dropoffsky, the Count and Georgette try to stay one step ahead of them, while the intelligent princess spends her time with Mr. Snake, plotting her escape. This slight but humorous story is filled with rigorous and playful vocabulary that would be fun to explore in a classroom. The bumbling actions of the royals, along with the descriptions of Count Von Dusseldorf, allow for creative-writing extensions as well. Pen-and-ink illustrations complement the text. Readers who enjoy fractured fairy tales and their original counterparts might enjoy this whimsical chapter book. Consider for larger collections.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

About the Author

Charles F.D. Egbert read classic children's stories to his three sons and created stories filled with wild adventures, high wire acts, arctic hunting expeditions and even a talking horse. He met the 'real' Olivia at a Vermont farmer's market. She was an imaginative child, eight years old, brave as a bear and a world class hoola-hooper. Mr. Egbert is the author of a dozen plays and a novel for adults entitled A Question of Survival. He lives with his wife Carol, also an author,in Quechee, VT.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alec Hastings on September 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Charles Egbert mentions Alice in Wonderland in his acknowledgements, and I can see a connection between Princess Olivia and this classic. Carroll's Queen of Hearts--so fond of the "Off with their heads!" line--is a bizarre character, but of course she lives in Wonderland, so the bizarre is not as extreme there as it might be here. King Horace and Queen Cora in Egbert's story are merely eccentric. Where they match up nicely with Carroll's royalty is in their dedicated self-absorbtion! They do love their daughter Olivia--abstractly, anyway--but the king can't seem to get his mind off his gouty big toe, and the queen... well, the queen is just a terrible flibbertigibbet, or in the parlance of the day, an airhead.

Nevertheless, they mean well, and the King and Queen provide a good deal of comedy in this entertaining tale. They are soon accompanied in their search for the missing Olivia (and in their comedic antics) by a Prince Dropoffsky. If there is a hero in this story, however, it's really a heroine, not the prince but Olivia herself. She is the one who must suffer the insufferable Count Carlos Maximillian von Dusseldorf ("with two s's"), and it is she who finally outwits him and escapes from his stinky prison and his foul pizza breath. Olivia is a spunky young princess who gives the Count quite a tongue lashing, and only desists when Dusseldorf calls on the magic of Georgette, a kind of Pygmalion girl or genie from a bottle.

If I had to compare another "children's" book, beloved by both children and adults, with Princess Olivia, it would be one of Roald Dahl's, perhaps The B.F.G. The pixie Georgette reminds me of the Big Friendly Giant.
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A nice old fashioned Princess story to be read aloud and later have the child read on their own.
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By FSC on April 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed Princess Olivia enormously. Egbert has a whimsical touch that will charm children and grown-ups alike. He writes from the perspective of a clever young Princess facing the various challenges and absurdities of life. A good book for little girls and boys alike that reminds us all that you can depend on some people some of the time, but life is unpredictable so you better be ready to depend on your own creativity, kindness and courage.
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