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Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (Princess Tales) Hardcover – September 8, 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This installment in the series features Princess Sonora as Sleeping Beauty. The fairies in this fractured tale endow the princess with a few too many gifts at her naming ceremony; not only is she "the smartest human in the world," but she is also "ten times as smart as any human in the world." As a result, Sonora crawls only in perfectly straight lines and perfectly round circles, reminds the Royal Nursemaids to wash behind her ears, and diagnoses her own illnesses. She also refuses to sleep, preferring to spend her evenings reading, or thinking up questions and then answering them-she knows she'll get plenty of sleep during the 100 years promised by the spiteful fairy Belladonna. The more-than-a-little precocious princess decides that she will choose the most opportune moment to prick her finger, thereby putting the castle grounds to sleep. However, things don't go exactly as planned. Levine's witty takeoff is clever and humorous, but without the depth or thorough character development that so distinguished Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997). This amusing, light read will stir children's imaginations and encourage them to explore further the richness of fairy tales.
Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger.A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients.
But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that have never been before? And what does a flock of blading sheep have to do with anything?
Gail Carson Levine has waved her magic wand over this old standby, and presto! It reappears, transformed -- new sparkling, and funny! Hoots and guffaws are likely, chuckles and giggles are guaranteed.
Gail Carson Levine is the author of ELLA ENCHANTED, a spirited retelling of "Cinderella" and a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. In this third of her Princess Tales, Levine shows a precocious but lovable girl taking control of a destiny she never asked for, with hilarious and happy-ever-after results.
Top customer reviews
Aside from that, this is a fun book to read as an adult. It is a play on the story of Sleeping Beauty but it includes details that give the characters so much more personality. They aren't flat characters. They have life to them! The story is also filled out and expanded. For example, princess Sonora is given the gift by one of the fairies to be 10 x as smart as the smartest person. At first, I thought that was quite rediculous, but it is that one characteristic that makes this story so charming! Ms. Levine weaves it into the story as an integral part of the plot from beginning to end.
I wouldn't recommend this book for elementary school girls. Maybe a fifth grader, but no younger. It's really meant for middle schoolers, just as Ella Enchanted was.