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Princess Alexia and the Dragon Paperback – May 21, 2014
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But as adults we can at least still evaluate the merits of the book and decipher what effects it’d have on its intended audience—our children.
For those who don’t want to read any further here’s a quickie: this book is good for our children. Alright, you can go now.
For those of you who've stayed, the story itself is about a grandfather trying to teach the valuable lesson of sharing to his grandchild through the tale of Princess Alexia.
His story begins at a country called Benton where they love their apples (grab some apple baked goods before reading this book by the way) so much that they have festivities based around them.
In fact, they are even willing to put on parades whilst knowing that there’s a very high chance dragons would come and burn down the said parade and endanger their lives. I’d love to try an apple fritter made by these people if they’re willing burn to death for them.
Princess Alexia, fed up with the dragons’ crap, decides to take the matter into her own hands to slay them so that her people can celebrate their apples safe from death and inferno.
That’s the gist of it without spoilers. Though I’m certain people can easily guess how the story turns out. I should inform the readers at this point that the style of this review does not reflect the tone or the style of the book.
In fact, the book itself is a very traditional style of children’s book of the past. There are no surprises here. It’s relentlessly silly, Princess Alexia is charmingly positive and naïve, and the writing has a touch of floweriness that reminded me of the books I read growing up.
So, if you were to get this book for your children, it serves its purpose. It has a nice little lesson, a fun story, and nostalgically charming pictures to go with. At the end there are even activities you can do with your child.
However, like many indie books, the book isn’t without its flaws. There were moments where I felt robbed of the experience because there weren’t enough illustrations—especially for some key parts of the story. The writing is at times a bit inconsistent and the style sometimes seemed confused about its intended audience.
Most importantly, at times there was a certain lack of grasp of doing what it wanted to do. But I’m giving this book a 4 regardless because Amazon review system doesn’t like precision and I think with gentle revisions it can get there. As Amazon says, "I like it."
But seriously? Grab some apple fritters to have with your children as you read this book with them.
It mentions apples and apple baked goods a lot. A lot. At least get some apple slices.
There are moments where entire pages are basically centered around them.
I read this while being sick and hungry.
I dragged myself to the doughnut store and they were out of apple fritters.
Apparently, 6AM is the best time to get them before they run out.
So go out there at 6AM, get some apple-fritters, and get this book. Have fun with your sugared up children as they learn sharing is caring and how sharing just may save lives.
Princess Alexia and the Dragon is full of adventure, charm, and wit, appropriate for the whole family to read and enjoy. The Gravettites in the town of Gravetteville are about to put on their annual Ample Apple Orchard celebration, and the only thing souring the mood is the fact that dragons always ruin the festivities every year. So, what’s a princess to do?
Sneaking out of the castle, Alexia and her dog, Zoey, embark on a perilous mission to stop the dragons. I don’t want to ruin what happens next, but what follows is a serious but sometimes humorous lesson in sharing. You will get a kick out of the younger dragon in his pirate costume with his pirate speech!
Filled with colorful, appropriate artwork as well as activities at the end of the book, this experience will certainly grow the bond between a parent and their child. Those considering buying the audible version, I highly recommend it. I listened to the sample, and I didn’t want to stop listening. I only did so because I wanted to write the review. The female narrator’s voice is interesting, pleasant, and absolutely captivating. Don’t miss this gem!
8: I thought it was very good and very kind.
11: It was very entertaining!
Can't wait to read more of K. Meador's books! Keep up the great work!