Last spring I was on the look out for a young tweenish book for my niece (a fellow book lover) whose birthday was coming up. In my perusing I came across E.D. Baker‘s book The Wide-Awake Princess. I have to confess after reading it (because of course I had to scope out any book I gave to her) I quickly went looking for the rest of the series. It was adorable.
“Princess Annie is frustratingly (and luckily) resistant to magic. When her sister Gwen pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie stays awake. Now it’s up to Annie to find a prince to kiss her sister and break the spell. But who is her sister’s true love? And what about Annie’s own happily-ever-after? Annie travels through a fairy tale land filled with characters both familiar and new.”
Not only was the story line unique and enchanting, but Baker created in Princess Annie the exact type of character I would want my daughter, as she grows up, to read. She’s strong and independent, but compassionate. She’s witty without being rude. And the adventure Baker takes us on with her is a fun frolic through fairy tales you love and characters you are just growing to love. Along the way Annie learns that she is needed and useful, and can be loved for who she is. Isn’t that what we want every girl from 0-100 to know and understand. Annie was a delight to read and her adventures aren’t over, there are currently six books in the series with another one coming out in March. –N.C.
“Princess Emeralda a.k.a. Emma isn’t exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey’s bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure-a quest to return to human form.”