So guess what? This tale begins with a soon-to-be Goodreader.
As you can see, it even gives pointers on how to have a discussion, though it's kind of a snotty discussion, but not as bad as the whole "Ur stoopid!" "No, good madam, it is you who are stupid" stuff we all enjoy so well.
Ok, not really. Little Princess Adrienne is merely questioning the message in bedtime fairy tales. She didn't get the Grimm version, she got the Disney version and she didn't like it one bit. (I would have liked a whole first volume on Little Princess Adrienne. She is delightful) Unfortunately, her dad is an ass and he Fairy Tales her right up by locking her away in a tower when she's 16 so that a prince can save her and maybe inherit the kingdom. King Dad's already done the same with all his older daughters and will do so with the youngest when her turn comes.
It sucks to be a princess.
However, it does NOT suck so much to be a princeLESS!
I'm super excited about this series, though, for me, it had rough start. In this first volume, the writing is heavy-handed and clumsy. It's incredibly accessible to the 6-10-year-old crowd but good readers (not Goodreaders, but kids who have a proclivity for reading comprehension) in the middle grades will notice the forced feeling of the writing, the not-quite-believable characters and the severe lack of depth. The story still comes across, it's just a bumpy ride. I am fairly sure that's going to change in coming volumes as the characters begin to come into their own and the writer learns lessons on how to better convey the emotions and thoughts of girls who are breaking stereotypes.
The art borders on good but there's something just off about it. It sometimes misses the mark on matching up with the story and it seems almost rushed, especially after the halfway point. Does that make sense? Probably not. But I have already seen Princeless Book Two: Get Over Yourself and know it has a different illustrator and that the art seems to become more appropriate to to the story. Not that this art was inappropriate, it was just lackluster for a kickass princess with her dragon BFF tale.
Still, it's cute and fun while it plants seeds of activism. It obviously encourages females to do stuff for themselves instead of waiting for a guy to come along and take care of everything. It tackles race right off the bat ("Fair" maiden does NOT mean "full of justice" It means white, dumbass! Yeah, that was awesome) It mocks female armor (pretty much just like this https://youtu.be/OTGh0EMmMC8 and, tip of the hat to geeks, the armor designs are named Sonya, Diana, and The Warrior Princess and are all quite recognizable. I laughed) There's a lot of gentle mockery toward silly social norms and outdated attitudes. It's not subtle so even the most hard-headed will get it.
With some work, this is going to be a fantastic series and I have high hopes for where it will go.
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