Saturday, December 29, 2012
Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater
Not all princesses are made of sugar and spice--some are made of funnier, fiercer stuff
Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants--that's her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . . . until she sees their glorious thorns! Now she must have rose seeds of her own. But when huge, honking noses grow instead, what is a princess with a taste for danger to do?
For readers seeking a princess with pluck comes an independent heroine who tackles obstacles with a bouquet of sniffling noses. At once lovely and delightfully absurd, here's a story to show how elastic ideas of beauty and princesses can be.
As much as I liked Dangerously Ever After, I had a couple of problems with it. The first problem is the princess's parents. They let her do horribly reckless things that could seriously hurt her, if not kill her. One example of this is letting her collect broken glass which could seriously injure her. Another example is letting her lean out the tallest turret. If she were to fall out the turret, it would most likely kill her. My second problem with the book is that Princess Amanita is not a very good role model. I don’t know about the younger generation now, but most of my role models were characters in books. Junie B. Jones was a particular favorite role model of mine. With Princess Amanita always doing dangerous things, girls might imitate her thinking it’s cool. If they do they are likely to get hurt. I did love the illustrations in the book They were beautiful. My favorite one was Prince Florian’s castle with the roses everywhere. The story line was good. I just don’t think that it was appropriate for younger children who are easily influenced.
I give Dangerously Ever After: 3/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.