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The Wide-Awake Princess Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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There are grammatical errors (that my sixth grader pointed out!) - and while we know there are sequels to the story, we won't be buying or reading any more in the series. While it was a fun story, this isn't a book that I would call a keeper and one to read again with our kids.
Fortunately, Annie's hardworking and resourceful and knows how to use her magic nullification talents to the fullest. But curses are curses, and Annie's ultimately left on her own when the rest of her family (along with the rest of the castle's inhabitants) are put to sleep by the spinning wheel curse. How will she fare against forests of gingerbread witches and mischievous faeries? Will she manage to find her sister's true love and break the curse? And of course there's that teeny-tiny little chance that she just might find someone special herself.
This book is a fun read and appropriate for both early readers and older kids. My seven year old (who reads around the 4th grade level) has really enjoyed it; a pair of nine year old twins (average readers) have asked repeatedly for me to read it aloud; and even my ten year old son has borrowed it - mostly for the fun of the fairy tale send ups. (Sorry, Prince - the Princess doesn't need rescuing from the hideous ogre - she just likes him better than you.) It's fairly well written, simple enough to follow, and fun enough for reluctant readers to want to continue with.
For the sake of being comprehensive, there are a few scary moments (a kelpie and the gingerbread witch) and references to alcohol (a prince who's had too much ale and needs to be sobered up). The afore mentioned prince also had a pair of barmaids on his knee - think Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.Read more ›
Life is fairly ho-hum for Annie until Gwen manages to get her hands on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday and the kingdom-sleeps-for-100-years curse is set in motion. Everyone in the castle drops instantly into sleep, all except, of course, Annie. Never one to wait around for someone else to fix things for her, Annie sets out on a mission to find a prince to kiss her sister and end the curse. But which prince is her sister's true love? There's no way of knowing, so Annie sends every prince she finds back to her family's castle. Every prince she finds, however, seems to already be embroiled in his own quest or sticky situation, so Annie must first help with these various deeds and debacles.
I really enjoyed this story! Annie is a great character from start to finish and would make a good role model for the intended audience. She's kind, has a good sense of humor, does things for herself, is smart, and is still girly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love it very much it's very imaginative and cool I loved the story and I have read it at least three timesPublished 3 months ago by Mónica González
A very cute book. I read a ton of fairy tale retellings, and this one is very unique from the others. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josephine DiNovo
I would love to be Annie. Even if it means being next to Loam. He seems so loyal and kind.Published 6 months ago by booklover