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.
- 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.