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Grade 3-6-Two novellas that are grounded in well-known tales and set in the magical kingdom of Biddle. The Fairy's Mistake is a play on "Toads and Diamonds," a story from Perrault about gifts given by a witch to two sisters, one kind and the other unkind. The Princess Test is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Illustrated with full-page pen-and-ink drawings, both retellings are delightfully lighthearted, with little doubt that good will ultimately triumph over evil. There is a rich use of language and spirited characters, especially the females. Although "The Princess Tales" lack the complexity of plot and fantastical invention found in Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997), they make a nice addition to the genre of novels based on and yet departing from traditional tales. Although their short length and sly humor would make the books appeal to reluctant readers, the difficult font makes it hard to recommend them to that audience.
Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PLB 0-06-028061-1 This hand-sized volume features delicate black-and-white line drawings that are very much in keeping with the tone of many fairy tales, but those familiar with Levine's Ella Enchanted will wisely expect, and be gratified by, the sly and unexpected foolery of this story and its companion, The Princess Test (0-06-028062-X; PLB 0-06-028063-8). In The Fairy's Mistake, Ethelinda is horrified to discover that her fairy blessing on the kind Rosella, that jewels fall from her mouth when she speaks, is being exploited by her greedy new husband, Prince Harold. Her curse on Rosella's sister, Myrtle, who drops slimy and creepy things from her mouth when she speaks, is also going awry; Myrtle uses this to get whatever she wants from people. The Princess Test takes on Lorelei's ability to feel a pea under 20 mattresses: this young thing is a great trial to her family as she is allergic to, or injures herself with, almost every household item she touches. Genuinely delightful and funny, both tales are set in the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the Kingdom of Biddle, a place readers will want to visit again. (Fiction. 7-12) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Product Description
I thought that this book had some pretty funny parts in it! This is such a good book for young readers. It's easy to read and easy to understand. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Amazon Customer
From the opening line of once upon a time to the closing happily ever after, this book enchanted me with its hilarious take on the classic tale. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
Gail Carson has outdone herself in her previous books including Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and Dave at night, however I believe that writing these fairy tale... Read morePublished on May 29 2003
This was a great story, but it was a little to easy. I finished it in like no time at all. But as far as what the book was about, I'd give it 5 stars!Published on April 10 2003
Another in the fun and fanciful line of "The Princess Tales," this adaptation of the old tale "Diamonds and Toads" is more upbeat and cunning than the original but still stays true... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by Little Willow
This is a witty, short fairy tale by a great author. However, if you're looking for a full-length fairy tale, read Ella Enchanted or The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001
My third grader has read every book in this series, plus the few independent books this author has read. The stories are witty and poignant, and beg to be read over and over. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001