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Holiday Princess: A Princess Diaries Book [Hardcover]

Meg Cabot


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Oct. 13 2005 Princess Diaries Books

A princess always knows how to celebrate the holidays. There's Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Chinese New Year, Saturnalia . . .to name just a few.

Then there's gift giving, the royal Genovian Fabergé advent calendar, hot chocolate with marshmallows -- oh, and all those fabulous holiday movies. How will YOU celebrate this holiday season? Mia and her subjects have a few ideas.



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harperteen (Oct. 13 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060754346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060754341
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.5 x 18.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,335,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Meg Cabot is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed Princess Diaries books, which were made into the wildly popular Disney movies of the same name. Her other books for teens include the Mediator series, the 1-800-Where- R-You books, All-American Girl, Ready or Not, Teen Idol, and Avalon High, as well as Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria and the Rogue. She also writes books for adults, including The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, Every Boy's Got One, and Size 12 Is Not Fat. She is still waiting for her real parents, the king and queen, to restore her to her rightful throne. She lives in Key West and New York City with her husband and a one-eyed cat named Henrietta.


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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess Mia's take on celebrating the holidays Dec 15 2005
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Back again with another addition to the Princess Diaries series, Princess Mia invites us to share the holidays with her and the family in her witty rendition of what happens during the holidays. Loaded with advice from everyone closely associated with her, each chapter is also laden with her own views and excerpts on how things really are.

From holiday etiquette on everything from addressing cards to purchasing gifts for others, to what's fashionable to eat, there's something for everyone in this little book (that is, if you're into being a princess and all). Mia is hilariously objective in her comments about her family's take on things, and Meg Cabot cleverly does this by putting all of Mia's comments in red, so you can't mistake her thoughts.

One of the highlights of the book is Mia's chapter on Christmas around the world. Throughout the chapter, there are dozens of countries, complete with folklore, tradition, and how this particular culture spends their holiday season --- a very useful and informative tool for the student who has to do a book report (hint, hint). It's all there. There might even be some countries listed that no one has ever heard of, or ever thought of, that celebrate their own version of Christmas.

Additionally, there are explanations on which movies are best to watch during Christmas, recipes to make, and the real story of truths and myths of what Christmas really means. Finally, it's a wrap with an in-depth guide to Kwanzaa and, of course, the symbolization of Happy New Year, complete with a listing of how to say it in 60 different languages!

Although we won't be in Genovia with the royal princess, she made sure we knew enough to have lasting memories, as if we were. Happy Holidays everyone!

--- Reviewed by Belinda Williams
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate the Holidays With Princess Mia and Her Pals Oct. 25 2005
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To be a good Princess, one must be diplomatic, and educated in everything regarding the countries and principalities surrounding one's own charge. This includes knowing how to celebrate every winter holiday, from the well-known Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, to the often unspoken about Yule, Chinese New Year, and Saturnalia - just to name a few. But this is not all that a good Princess must know. A good Princess must also be up on gift giving - what exactly is the right present to give to a guy you're not dating, but hope to be dating soon? Then there's those fabulous holiday movies - including some very unconventional holiday tales; and all of this is rounded off with a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows. This year, spend the holiday with Princess Mia, and her band of closest friends, from Lilly to Michael, and Tina to Paolo, as they give you the lowdown on all things Christmas, from how teenagers in other countries celebrate the holidays, and how to say "Happy New Year" in every language known-to-man.

I have purchased and read every PRINCESS DIARIES HOW-TO BOOK, but HOLIDAY PRINCESS instantly took the prize as my favorite installment in the series. Perhaps it's my love of Christmas that made it my favorite; or maybe it's the fact that I love reading about how the PRINCESS DIARIES gang is spending their holiday season. Either way, HOLIDAY PRINCESS is a fun-filled book that will keep everyone on their toes for the holiday season. Cabot has created an informative guide that features style tips, shopping solutions, and much, much more that will get everyone through the Christmas rush; and each tip is accompanied by a marvelous illustration by Chesley McLaren. Overall, this is a must have book for all PRINCESS DIARIES fans, as it will quickly win a place in everyone's heart this holiday season.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Princess Dec 25 2005
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We're either approaching or all ready knee deep in the holiday season, depending on your point of view. Many of us feel overwhelmed by this time of year, but don't worry, Princess Mia is here to rescue us.

With her usual flair, Ms. Cabot has penned an amusing guide to all the holidays and variations thereof celebrated in the Christmas season around the world. Despite the light tone, this is actually a very informative book. I guarantee that unless you have studied holidays in depth, you'll learn something and enjoy yourself while doing it. Most of the characters we've come to love in the other Princess books contribute to this volume; Lily, Grandmere, Michael, Mr. G, Mia's mother, friends, baby brother, and of course, the Princess herself. If you just need to take a break from the onslaught of chaos, then no matter how old you are, grab this book and smile.

Amanda Killgore
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and somewhat educational book Jan. 6 2009
By No One - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book talks about various holiday customs in countries around the world, with perspectives from all your favorite Princess Diaries characters. A must have for any fan of the Princess Diaries series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Jan. 23 2012
By La Toya, Literally. - Published on Amazon.com
This book was actually really, really awesome. It's sort of like a report on holidays and customs with commentary from Mia interspersed between all the characters we know an love from the series. I've only read books 1-3 && 8 and plan to read the last 3 soon, so there is maybe a character or two there that I'm not too familiar with.

I loved reading each character's "voice" as they lent their expertise on various Winter Holidays. My favorite part of the book was when they went into the different customs in many countries for Christmas. I loved the accuracy of Christmas in NYC as I am an expert on that. Haha!

The illustrations by Chesly McLaren are perfect. I love how classically girly they are. Additionally, I actually learned a few things about the origins of holiday traditions and things!! One of the cooler things was the origin of the song Deck the Halls! (I will leave that for you to find out if you read it!)

Holiday Princess is a major win! It's got me all psyched for the Christmas season way in advance. Highly recommended for fans of the Princess Diaries and Winter Holiday lovers.

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