Title: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 2)
Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Number of pages: 92
Recommended age: Read-aloud: 5+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
1. In one sentence, what is the story about? This story is about a Princess Knight named Petra who goes to a Talent School because her parents are trying to make her more like a real girlie princess.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I like that there are pictures in the book and I think they were good and cool. I really like the one of where Bograt is being knighted.
3. How would you describe the main character, Petra? Petra is an interesting character and she tells good stories. I wish I could go on adventures like her. She is brave.
4. What is your favorite part of the story? My favorite part of the story is when the King and Queen find out that Petra did the Writing School instead of something more “princess-y”.
5. What are some of your special talents? I am good at writing, drawing, soccer, and playing piano (I won a medal at the piano festival this year.)
6. What lessons did you learn in this book? I learned that even if other people tell you that you need to be a certain way, you should do what you feel is the right thing for you.
7. Overall, what did you think about the book? I loved this book because it has a good adventure and it was funny. I liked that my Mom read it to me and my brother. It would be a very easy read for me.
8. Who do you think would like this book? I think girls would like this book more than boys around my age because boys don’t like to read stories about girls – at least the boys I know. But, I think little kids (both boys and girls) would like this book read to them.
Daughter Rating: ★★★★½
Daughter Rating: ★★★★½
My Thoughts: How to Tell if My Children Love a Book 101: They say something like this, “Pleeeeeease Mom – ONE MORE CHAPTER”; and, next thing you know, BAM! We’re done reading the book. Our family couldn’t stop singing the praises of Book 1, Sir Princess Petra and Diane Mae Robinson does not disappoint with the sequel, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent. It was another late night as we tore through the book once again!
In Sir Princess Petra’s Talent, the title character is as spunky and self-confident as ever, her parents are still at a loss for how to deal with their most unorthodox daughter, and Snarls the dragon remains loyal by Petra’s side. We are introduced to new characters who fall to Petra’s charms, including anxious Prince Duce Crablips of the Kingdom of Crablips and the “Ganutes of the Vast Wilderness” best described as small furry creatures. And of course, Bograt the witch makes a special appearance and is in for quite a surprise!
I hesitate to fully commit to making this comparison, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that after I read this book to my children, I had the strange compulsion to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail! The story within the pages of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent can best be described as a series of follies (TO BE CLEAR: completely appropriate middle grade follies!) After the King changes the Royal Rule Book, Petra is forced to attend Talent School and obtain a certificate from one of the following schools: Princess Etiquette School, Knitting School, Barbecue School, Crochet School, Get Over Fainting Fast School, and Preparing To Be Engaged School, among others. Lucky for Petra, she stumbles upon Writing School and graduates after coming up with a most hilarious poem. The King and Queen fail once again to fit their daughter in the stereotypical “princess” role. Yay Petra!!
My only comment about the overall story is that it feels a bit more disjointed than the first book. The discussion of and attendance at the Talent School only occurs over the first half of the book and then I feel the flow is interrupted by the story of the Ganutes and with what occurs with Bograt. We then go back to Petra’s Talent with the final story in the last chapter, and then the book ends rather abruptly. I feel that the first book followed more closely the traditional flow of having a “beginning”, “middle”, and “end”; whereas, the second book (while still VERY entertaining) does not flow in the same way. That being said, I’m pretty sure my kids didn’t notice.
As with the first book, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent features some simple pencil drawings to accompany the text. Even with middle grade children, I still do think that these are important. I think the illustrations are excellent and we all appreciated their inclusion.
My bottom line: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is precisely everything an early middle grade book should be with a multi-dimensional main character who is a great role model for young girls; a great supporting cast of unique and quirky characters; a plot largely driven through clever dialogue amongst the characters and involving much adventure and folly; and unexpected turns and twists that will leave parents and their children laughing out loud. I find that both books in The Pen Pieyu Adventure series lend themselves particularly well to being read aloud and I recommend both books to families with children aged 5 years and older.
*** This book was provided to us free-of-charge through the Sir Princess Petra’s Talent Blog Tour hosted by Kid Lit Reviews in exchange for an honest review.***
About The Author
Diane Mae Robinson lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book.
Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a tutor at the Creative Writing Institute. She also works full time at a dental office.
The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, has won two prestigious awards: Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts), a Purple Dragonfly Book Award, and The Reader’s Choice Award. Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, is the second book in this fantasy/adventure children’s chapter book series. Diane is currently writing book three.
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Publisher’s Website: Tate Publishing
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Sir Princess Petra’s Talent Blog Tour Schedule
http://nikki-bennett.com/blog1 (Nikki) interview
http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com (Gina) review
http://nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.co.uk (Jessica) review & giveaway
http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com (Renee) review
http://mydevotionalthoughts.net (Ruth) review
http://mommynificent.com (Tina) review
http://whenigrowupiwannawriteakidsbook.blogspot.com/ (Author Julie Grasso) review
http://talesofabookworm.com (Brittany) review
Mrsbbooks2011.blogspot.co.uk (Sam) review
http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com (Emily) interview
http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/ (Chris) Book Blast / Meet the Author
http://kid-lit-reviews.com (Sue) interview
http://shareessentiments.blogspot.com/ (Sharee) review
http://www.melindatfalgoust.doodlekit.com (Melinda) review
http://acsreadershaven.blogspot.com/ (Vera) review
http://www.bookwormforkids.blogspot.ca (Tonja) review & giveaway
http://lovablelobo.wordpress.com (Author C.L. Murphy) interview
http://alibrarymama.wordpress.com (Katy) review
http://thatartsyreadergirl.blogspot.com (Jana) review
http://www.gabriellemazurbooks.com (Gabrielle) review
http://dianeestrella.com/ (Diane) review
http://literarycreature.wordpress.com (Jade) review
http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/ (Erik – review & giveaway)
http://swlothian.com/ (Author Steve Lothian) review
www.bound4escape.com (Dawn Heslin review & giveaway)
http://kid-lit-reviews.com (Sue) review
http://whenigrowupiwannawriteakidsbook.blogspot.com/ (Author Julie Grasso) interview
http://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/ (Allison) review
http://themysteryofnidavalley.com (Author Elaine Ouston) review
http://kid-lit-reviews.com (Sue – Special Post for Tour Sites)
http://www.dianemaerobinson.com/ (Author Diane Robinson – for Tour Sites)