Saturday, January 5, 2013
I Don't Always Recommend Princess Books, but When I HAVE To...
these are the ones I recommend with a clear conscience.
A couple of them are kind of cheating—Bitterblue, because she's technically the queen; Catherine, Called Birdy, because she's the daughter of a minor nobleman and not actually a princess, but I figure that's close enough especially considering that I just haven't read that many good princess books yet. In any case, they're both fantastic stories that I think a reader who's into princesses will also enjoy.
In case you're wondering, my favorites of this list are:
Picture books: The Paper Bag Princess, The Magic Nesting Doll, The Glass Mountain, The Lady and the Lion, Ella's Big Chance, and Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal. (Oh—have just realized that Ella's Big Chance is also cheating, because it's a jazz version of Cinderella and therefore technically not a princess story. But it's the Cinderella story, so I say it works.)
Junior/YA fiction: actually, all of them. I love every one of those novels dearly. If I had to pick two, it'd be Bitterblue and The Goose Girl. Next would be The Two Princesses of Bamarre and East, and then the last two—but I don't want to downplay any of them because really, they're all excellent.
Now, help me out with more suggestions, because princess books really aren't my thing! I'm looking for stories in which the princess is the hero, not the prize—it's especially good if she saves the prince. Queens are also acceptable. I feel like Robin McKinley will probably pop up here, which is good, because I've been meaning to read her books for years since my roommates recommended them back in college, and I just haven't yet! That's a goal for this year, then. What else?