Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Number of pages: 68
Recommended age: 5+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
2012 – Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary artist)
2012 – 2nd place in the children’s chapter book category in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
1. What is the story about? This book is about a princess who wants to be a knight. To become a knight, she has to get a dragon to be quiet. So she goes on her quest and ends up meeting the dragon, a witch, and a prince who wants a duel. She ends up making friends with all of them.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I liked the picture on the cover and the ones in the book. There were more pictures in this book than what I normally read and I liked that.
3. How would you describe the main character, Petra? Petra is a princess who wants to be a knight. She is brave, funny, and kind and I liked her.
4. What is your favorite part of the story? I thought it was funny when Petra couldn’t fit into the armor, so she used pots and pans instead. I also liked that instead of fighting all of the enemies that she runs into, she makes friends with them.
5. What is your least favorite part of the story? I liked everything in the story.
6. What lessons did you learn in this book? I learned that instead of using violence (like killing the dragon), that sometimes there are better solutions (helping the dragon).
7. Who do you think would like this book? I loved this book and I recommend it to girls and maybe boys 11 and under.
Daughter Rating: ★★★★☆
Daughter Rating: ★★★★☆
My Thoughts: Diane Mae Robinson wastes no time in setting the tone in Sir Princess Petra:
“I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games have become boring. The thing I want the most…” Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. “I want to be a royal knight.”
Much to her parents’ dismay, there exists no rule in the royal rulebook against such a request, so Petra must choose among three equally daunting tasks in order to become a knight in her kingdom. Upon much careful deliberation of the options, Petra chooses to “hush the howling dragon, Snarls, in the Forest of Doom”. Donned with a suit made up of the castle’s best pots and pans, wielding a royal cake knife as a sword, and carrying a sackful of onions, Petra begins her quest to fulfil her dream of becoming a knight.
With the odds squarely against her, Petra courageously approaches Snarls, the menacing dragon hurling onions at his head with the hopes of providing a distraction before she runs him through with her weapon, but what happens next is most unexpected. Petra soon finds another way to accomplish the task at hand (i.e., to quiet the dragon) and in doing so, a new friendship is forged. Newly-knighted Petra goes on to have additional encounters with a witch and a prince from a neighboring kingdom who challenges her to a duel, learning along the way that being “big and brave and mean and nasty” is often not the best solution.
To give a little background of our experience with this book… Every night, the kids and I read together before bedtime for about 20 minutes or so. On one night, we were between books, so we decided to pick up Sir Princess Petra with the intention of reading about half of it before the kids would begin their independent reading before bedtime. So, we began to read and at the half-way mark in the book, we looked at each other and I asked, “One more chapter?”; which was received by a resounding “YES!!”. We kept doing “one more chapter” and the next thing we knew, we were done (about 40 minutes after we began)! It was THAT good – we didn’t want to stop reading.
All of that to say that Sir Princess Petra is a wonderful read-aloud book with a diverse range of characters and a quirky writing style that kept the children completely engaged from the first page to the last. Diane Mae Robinson has created a charming main character in Petra who rejects the stereotype of what a princess should be in favor of serving her kingdom as a royal knight. Petra is precisely the type of role model I love for girls: she’s spunky, she’s brave, she’s kind, and she’s a problem-solver. ‘Nuff said – SHE ROCKS!
The supporting cast of characters are also distinctly quirky and uniquely interesting. We have Snarls, the menacing dragon (well, maybe not so menacing) who befriends Petra and becomes her royal steed. Petra also encounters the bog witch Bograt and Prince Nastybuns who both attempt to harm her, but quick-thinking Petra finds a way to escape, befriending both along the way. Even the King and the Queen provide comical moments when they react to Petra’s various requests and actions. In short, this book had us laughing out loud as we were reading it.
One thing that pleasantly surprised us were the plentiful drawings scattered throughout the book. While the book itself is only about 70 pages long, there were roughly 2 to 3 simple, pencil drawings per chapter (6 chapters total). The images really added to the story and we really enjoyed them as an added bonus.
My bottom line: I really feel that this little book is a gem. It is a relatively short book (70-ish pages) that can easily be read aloud to children in one sitting. My kids and I were completely captivated by this fun, adventure-filled tale about a very charming and unorthodox princess. I highly recommend this book to families with children under the age of 10 and as young as 5 who love a good tale filled with fairy-tale characters such as dragons, witches, princesses, and knights.
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★★
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★★
*** This book was provided to us free-of-charge by the author 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 also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children.
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The second book in the Pen Pieyu Adventure Series, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent will soon be available. Here is a sneak peek:
Summary: 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! 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?
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