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Sir Princess Petra’s Talent
by Diane Mae Robinson ★★★★★
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers!
But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (Book 1)
Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?
Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is original, kinda quirky and plenty of fun.
The first thing I have to say about this book is that it looks awesome. I loved the fantastic illustrations scattered throughout, and title/chapter fonts and the typeface. They all look brilliant and work so well together. The book’s styling is definitely spot on.
The next thing I want to say about this book is that it was awesome. I’m not normally a Princessy story kinda guy, but I have to say that this one was rather cool.
Princess Petra has happily settled into her chosen life of Knight status (achieved in book 1 I believe) rather than a life of all things Princessy. But, just as she thinks all is cool, her dad (the King) decides to write a new rule in the kingdom’s rule book. It seems that all of a sudden it’s imperative that she do a little bit of off-site training to achieve a talent. Well, the training choices available are very Princessy, rather than Knighty, which prove to be a challenge for Petra’s personal preferences.
So, she sets off with her trusty dragon, Snarls, for Talent School. Along the way she meets a chap (a pink Knight) who happens to be a Prince, who (unknown to her) has actually been betrothed to her in marriage. Well, the weird thing is, Prince Duce Crablips of the Kingdom of Crablips is trying to stop her from gaining a talent, which would result in their instant engagement. Neither of them want to be engaged. In a twist, the Prince decides to accompany Petra to Talent School, so he can fulfill his ambition to learn how to crochet.
Well, that’s all I’ll reveal. As you can see, this plot is original, kinda quirky and plenty of fun. I loved the humorous tone of the story and think the author has done a great job.
My bottom line: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is a clever and fun adventure. I love the styling, I love the humor, and I’m sure that my daughter will love it too when I pass the book on to her.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author for a fair and honest review.
All about Diane Mae Robinson
Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a tutor at the Creative Writing Institute. She also works full time at a dental office.
The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, has won two prestigious awards: Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts) and a Purple Dragonfly Book Award. The book has been short-listed for two other awards.
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Sir Princess Petra’s Talent Blog Tour Schedule
(Author Julie Grasso) review
http://talesofabookworm.com (Brittany) review
http://whenigrowupiwannawriteakidsbook.blogspot.com/ (Author Julie Grasso) interview
http://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/ (Allison) review
http://www.dianemaerobinson.com/ (Author Diane Robinson – for Tour Sites)