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Gr 5-9-An upbeat fairy-tale adventure, this final installment in the trilogy is sure to entertain fans of the first two books. The kingdom of Zandelphia-Beaurivage is abuzz with the arrival of the new royal baby, Princess Poppy, but "happy ever after" never lasts long for King Christian and Queen Marigold. They rid the kingdom of the evil Queen Olympia, but now two of her most heartless and fearsome lackeys, the Terrible Two, snatch the baby in revenge. What ensues is a rescue effort involving characters from the previous books who team up with a new cast, including a dragon, a librarian, and a blacksmith. The story is filled with humor, both witty and ridiculous, that will keep readers amused throughout the quick-paced yet predictable plot.-Betsy Davidson, Cortland Free Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In the second sequel to Once upon a Marigold (2002), Phoebe and Sebastian, the surprisingly amiable offspring of the kingdom’s nastiest villains, fall in love while searching for a kidnapped baby, Princess Poppy. Former lead characters Marigold and Christian take active supporting roles here as the reigning monarchs and Poppy’s parents. Ferris leisurely combines elements of adventure, fantasy, romance, and humor. Phoebe’s delight in vocabulary and Marigold’s love of elephant jokes add to the fun. While readers new to the series can easily follow the action, those who have read the previous books will enjoy the story most. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547738463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547738468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Buttner VINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
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"Thrice Upon a Marigold" is the third in a series of three books, though reading the previous two installments is not required to understand what is happening here. I dove into this and found it a somewhat likeable story, but very cliche in places and without a lot of new ground covered.

On the whole, this is a fairly standard story about the kidnapping of a baby princess. You've got your villains who discover that good, smart help is hard to find, your estranged sons and daughters, noble royalty who don't wish to be bowed to, etc. The story is breezy and not all that long and while it's a reasonably fast read, I didn't feel all that compelled to read quickly, not being very invested in the characters.

That said, some of the characters do have a quirky charm to them. The main characters are the son and daughter of the two big villains of the piece, and they are presented as the most interesting and in-depth characters. Both of them have a likeable love of reading and language, and they're charmingly awkward around each other, but growing to understand each other more as the story develops.

I would recommend this for children around 6-10, maybe, but I can't see this as really being the sort of title for more developed fantasy fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Runa VINE VOICE on April 22, 2013
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Count me in among the people who LOVED book 1 and wants to pretend book 2 never happened. But I gave book 3 a chance and I'm pretty glad I did. I don't know if anything's going to live up to the first book, if we're honest, some of the magic (literally) was lost when Marigold lost her ability to read other peoples' thoughts. But this book does something interesting in introducing two secondary characters and letting them take the lead in a sort of Marigold/Christian v2.0 way. What was so enchanting about book 1 was the whimsy and romance, and this book brings those things back a bit, and finally lets go of the mess that was Olympia. I'm sure some people will say that book 3 tries too hard to be book 1, but I thought there was enough of a good mix of new and old for it to be a fresh story, but one that captures the original spirit of the first. Honestly, I would tell readers to skip right past book 2 and pretend this is the sequel instead. You really don't miss much, and I have to wonder if Ferris did this intentionally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tabby on May 8, 2013
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Actually got this book because I thought it was a children's book so that I can read to my toddler girl. :/ Guess I did not read the fine print. It more for say a 7 to 10 year old? Second of all, I did not realize that this was the last of the trilogy - but it does not really matter as the book is written in such a way that the story can stand on its own. :( Anyways I got to reading it, all 250 pages of it.

The story started off pretty interesting, the author has quite an imaginative mind and some off-beat humor i.e. email becomes p-mail in the book. However, as I read on, I was pretty surprised to see grammar mistakes, bad tenses, bad sentence construction etc. Oh and there are some inappropriate words for a young teen - such as 'screwed-up', perhaps they can us a better and more conservative word like 'blunder' - really its not too difficult ...

Another point to add is that this story does not engage the reader as it does not build a main character nor are the 'main-ish' characters developed enough for the reader to relate to them.

Overall, its a nice try but not good enough book so this book will probably go into 'the read it later' or 'read only if you really have to pile' for my daughter when she grows up.

Btw, am amazed that this book actually made it into Junior Library Guild selection and New York Public Library... sigh
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizz A. Belle VINE VOICE on May 16, 2013
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Unlike many of the reviewers, I have not read the first two books, I simply happened upon this, read the words fairy tale in the description and voila, I am disappointed. I just was not feeling these characters, they seemed a little two dimensional to me. I love fairy tales and read as many as I can get my hands on, some are good and some are not. This is a not. I had to struggle to finish as it just did not hold my interest. Everyone seems to think book one was the bees knees but I am just not sure I want to try it after this disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April E. VINE VOICE on May 10, 2013
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My 13 year old daughter has read both the previous books in this series and was very excited about this latest book. The writing style and sense of humor in Thrice Upon A Marigold were very similar to the first two books. The book was funny and enjoyable, though she was disappointed that the book doesn't focus on Chris and Marigold as much. The plot was interesting and the characters are very appealing. The first book was still the best one in the series, but this one rates about the same as the second book. We give it 3 out of 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on June 9, 2013
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Thrice Upon a Marigold is a story about kidnapping- in this instance, the kidnapping of a baby princess. The story moves rather quickly and the book contains a decent supporting cast of characters, making it a good choice for older elementary school age children who like a good fantasy read.

The story line in this book develops rather quickly and the outcome is about what one would expect, with just a few surprises along the way. The different characters are likeable enough, even though no one character really stands out as exceptionally appealing. The children of the bad characters are probably the most memorable and many young readers will take to them right away. Their characters and relationship do manage to develop rather nicely as the story moves along and they are relatable to the target audience of the book, which is third to fifth graders.

This book seemed like an average one to me, but I can see how young readers will find it intriguing and memorable. There are other books in this series, but reading them is not necessary to make sense out of this book. Offer it to the younger reader in your house and see what happens. I predict most fiction- loving elementary school age kids will find the book a good one.
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