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The Princess and the Goblin (Charming Classics) Paperback – January 6, 2004

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George MacDonald (I824-1905) was born and educated in Scotland. A poet and novelist, he is the author of more than fifty books, including Phantastes (l858), Dealing with the Fairies (1667), The Princess and the Goblin (1871), and The Princess and Curdie (1882). Having once declared, "I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five, or fifty, or seventyfive," he is today best remembered as the creator of numerous beloved fantasies and fairy tales.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Festival (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060095520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060095529
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's a credit to "Princess and the Goblin" that its author was a personal favorite (and shaping influence) to fantasy titans C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. But if their liking for George MacDonald's works isn't enough to impress, then take it just for what it is: A creepy, unique, compelling work of early fantasy.

Little Princess Irene has always been kept in ignorance of the goblins -- until one night when she and her nursemaid stay out a bit too late, and are chased by a bizarre creature. They are rescued by a young miner boy, Curdie, who tells her the way to deal with them.

While mining, Curdie explores underground caverns where the goblins dwell, uncovers a terrible plot -- and is taken captive by the malignant goblin queen. And Irene explores a mysterious tower where her magical "great-grandmother" lives -- not knowing yet that she's at the center of the goblins' plotting, and that Curdie may be her only hope.

Like many early fantasy stories, "The Princess and the Goblin" is a book completely free of cliches. Written in the 1800s, this book has the flavour of a long-forgotten fairy tale that MacDonald simply dug up and presented to the public. We have goblins, monsters, a heroic young boy, a brave princess, noble kings and magical ladies. What else is a fairy tale about?

It's also striking for its mixture of childlike optimism and extraordinary writing. MacDonald often writes some scenes with the sort of twee flavour of many nineteenth-century novels, with chirrupy kids and kindly servants. But he also can whip up some truly amazing atmosphere: exquisite moonlit scenes that play out like dreams, or underground disasters that sound like nightmares.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Therese on December 6, 2007
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My grandfather used to read this to us (one of the first copies...darn I wish I knew what happened to that book!) when I was a child and years later I read it as an adult and found it was just as good. It's a wonderful book to read to children in the evening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rushrose on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
some books are timeless-----this one written over a hundred years ago! just sent a copy to my niece who is 12. plus a necklace was attached(which i was unaware of when ordering).
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By smilla on November 14, 2010
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Personally, I thought that this story was a real snooze. BUT, I think that is has a lot of value for children - just the right amount of tension combined with the nurturing presence of a magical great-grandmother. A nice bed-time read aloud, rich vocabulary. I'll be getting the sequel for one of my sons, and I'm hoping that he'll read it to himself!
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