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The Secret Lives of Princesses Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
There are all sorts of intricate maps, colorful diagrams and little pieces of prose all over the page. I can't stress enough how much of a treasure this book is. I wish I could have so many of these princess portraits framed on my wall.
If you have a daughter who loves princesses (or even one who doesn't- the book is stunning but not pink and glittery as the cover might have you believe)... or if you're like me and you just love wonderful picture books, do not hesitate in buying this book! It's very thick and has good quality pages, Amazon's discount is a total steal. You won't regret it, I promise you.
of page 45 of the hardcover? We've been looking for weeks - no food, no work, no sleep, just looking for that little letter P, onward
and, hopefully not, forever. If you've seen it, please leave word here.
If you haven't seen it, feel free to just write a P in a copy of the book and consider mailing it to us. Then we'll have
an answer and we can all sleep.
The book is beautiful.
I'm not sure what audience the author was going for? Perhaps trying to make a book that would appeal to middle school kids? Adults? Both?
The puns and references require much more life experience and literary sophistication than elementary aged children have. Perhaps some elementary aged children find the book funny anyway? My kids, ages 6.5 & 5 just didn't "get" most of it and I was growing tired of explaining every line. I'm not sure what age you would need to be to understand the majority of references, perhaps high school?
Also there isn't a cohesive flow between the pages, each page is about a unique princess. I can't see many people reading the book cover-to-cover in one sitting. Perhaps I just didn't find it that engaging, personally. Maybe other reviewers did read it cover to cover? And even again???
I also didn't find it a terribly progressive view of princesses. The princesses in this version aren't off battling to save their kingdom or using their wit and cunning to their advantage. They do very little ruling or, and as far as I can tell, haven't made any decisions that impacted their kingdom either positively or negatively.
Personally, I didn't find a single one to be a role model for me (or someone I want my kids to role model) and in a fantasy world of over 30 princesses, I was disappointed by that. But again, perhaps that wasn't the author's intention either.
They all have interesting and unusual traits, but often what is noteworthy with the princesses is their looks, their looks again, their attire, their size, that they are lazy and want to sleep all day, and other ways they are acting "princessy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is absolutely delightful! I work as an ELL literacy tutor for a 4th grader and gave it to her as a gift at the end of last year. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dahh1982
So quirky and fun! My daughter loves the pictures and I love the puns. Great book!Published 8 months ago by Madison
beautiful and fun book! I read it to my 4 year old. She doesn't quite get all of it, but we love reading it togetherPublished 13 months ago by kyra
cute pictures but it isn't reading for children. it's even hard for adults to read!Published 14 months ago by liked very much