Runaway princess

The Runaway Princess

by Kate Combs

Farrar, Straus & Giroux; August 2006; $17.00 HC


Core Audience: Girls 8-12, families

Strengths: Strong girl character, fun writing, fractured fairytale

As a childhood fan of The Paperback Princess, and Atalana from Free to be You and Me, this book was just a fun treat from beginning to end.

Think The Princess Bride in book format.

The recipe:

  • 1 smart and feisty princess who doesn’t want to get married
  • Her best friend the gardener’s boy
  • 1 witch
  • 200 floating frogs
  • 1 baby dragon who’s not very fierce
  • Some bandits
  • 1 disappearing tower
  • 100 pompous princes
  • 1 young wizard who loves dress-up
  • a troop of gypsies with a handsome leader

Stir liberally, add some slapstick, and let ‘er rip.

Yes, this definitely covers familiar ground, but it does it with humor and a certain irreverence that I loved. A great family read.

Rated 7.75
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