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Meg Cabot entertained thousands of readers with her Princess Diaries series about a somewhat awkward teenage girl from Manhattan who discovers that she's actually heir to the throne of a small European principality. In this princess-pink guidebook, the unlikely royal Mia Thermopolis informs her fans that if she can be a princess, anyone can--with the help of a few princess lessons, that is. (Of course, she honestly doesn't know why anyone would want to when they could lead a perfectly normal life.) This how-to guide for princesses-in-training--written in the voices of Tina, Grandmère, and other characters from the series--is surprisingly applicable to daily, non-royal life. While it is peppered with princess-specific advice (such as how to perfect a curtsy), it is not quite the spoof one might expect. In the Beauty section, for example, the manual emphasizes confidence, minimal makeup, and hygiene. In the Etiquette section, we learn not to slouch, shuffle, skip, or saunter. Readers will find polite e-mail protocol, musings on popularity, five easy ways to save the planet, and even Lily and Mia's list of movies in which characters achieve self-actualization. Chesley McLaren's comical, artful illustrations reflect the tongue-in-cheek tone of this fairly common-sense manual for surviving Polite Society. And remember: "Throughout history, princesses have been remembered not for the waist size of their 501s, but for the good deeds they performed when they were on the throne." (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson
Gr. 5-7. So you, too, want to be a princess? Fans of Princess Mia's adventures in the small principality of Genovia may wonder how they, too, can have the accoutrements of princessdom. It's all here between pretty pink covers. Ostensibly written by Mia, this offers the secrets of her princess lessons with Grandmother: the etiquette, table manners, even thoughts about good citizenship. Mia also passes on help from Paola, her makeup artist; Sebastian, her fashion designer; and her best friend Tina, ostensibly a relationship expert. To say the advice here runs the gamut doesn't even begin to describe this book. Some is tongue-in-cheek (tiara maintenance); other bits are useful--how to write a sympathy note (although the example is to someone who has lost a pet cat). Even fans of the Diaries who start out reading this just for Mia's amusing ramblings may glean a few nuggets of decorum along the way. See p.1660 for the latest addition to the Diaries series. Ilene Cooper
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This book is cool. After i started reading it i got my own tiara and wanted to become a REAL princess (too bad that's NEVER gonna happen!) So anyway... Read morePublished on July 12 2004
For any girl who's ever dreamed of being a royal just like Mia (that would be just about every girl on the planet), this book is perfect for learning the ins and outs of how to... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Rachel Frazier
PC princess a disappointment
My wife pick up the book a school book fair as a gift for our daughter. The movie was great, however the book was a large disappointment. Read more
After reading loads of negative reviews for "Princess Lessons," I decided to pick it up from the library instead of spending fifteen bucks on it. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Willow
I honestly thought this book was going to be part of another Princess Diaries series. But to my dismay, it wasn't. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003 by Virginia
There are several points I need to tell you about concerning this book.
One, all of my favorite characters return in this guide, each giving there own unique advice. Read more
Do you want to learn how to walk, talk, sit, and act like a Princess? Then this book is for you. This short little self-help book featuring some of our favorite fiction characters,... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Erika Sorocco
This is a fun read for fans of the series, but even then, I'd suggest checking this book out from the library rather than buying it. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Katayla
It tells about everyday things and royal situations. Great for all princesses!Published on Aug. 5 2003 by Jacquie