Title: Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book #1)
Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Number of pages: 68
Recommended age: 5+
Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?
Excerpts From Our Reviews
My Thoughts: 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. I learned that instead of using violence (like killing the dragon), that sometimes there are better solutions (helping the dragon).
My Bottom Line: I loved this book and I recommend it to girls and maybe boys 11 and under.
My Thoughts: 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!
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.
More Buzz About the Book
“Sir Princess Petra is an enchanting, fun story that I’m sure children will love. But it is a fun story with a deep message. It is a story of belief in yourself, courage to face adversity to achieve what you want to be, and how kindness and understanding are better than brute force and fighting. The writing is lively and well executed and the illustrations are skilfully drawn and add to the story’s appeal. I will certainly be buying this book for my granddaughter. She will love it.” ~ 5-Star review from LaneyO, Amazon (US)
“What a wonderful story. You don’t get many books that can teach qualities such as, respect, friendship and trust. This book does that simply by showing through a lovely story. Any child will love this. It’s funny, innocent, charming and has some great pencil drawings to help the reader or listener to visualise what is happening. The author has a great gift at story telling, without telling you how or what you should do to learn the skills that the the story teaches. The main character of the book, Petra, shows you what to do when she is placed in certain situations which require her to use her head and not her makeshift sword.” ~ 5-Star review from I.S. Rutter, Amazon (US)
“I liked this book because it has a great story line and a great message about believing in yourself. Petra proves that she and all girls can be daring, adventurous and brave. I think Petra was a great character and I liked Snarls (the dragon) even better because he had good sense and dragons are just cool. The book is a beginning chapter book so there isn’t a lot of details in it but it tells a complete story. The black and white illustrations in the book are really great too. The book is part of “The Pen Pieyu Adventures.” I hope that means there will be more books about Petra coming out! This book is an awesome beginning chapter book and a great read aloud.” ~ 5-Star review from Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books, Amazon (US)
“Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarls, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author’s imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime.”~ 5-Star review from Sue M. @ Kid Lit Reviews, Amazon (US)
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
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About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson
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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Publisher’s Website: Tate Publishing
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The second book in the Pen Pieyu Adventure Series, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent will soon be available (September 2013). 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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