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This week’s children’s book review is all about Princess Minna: The Enchanted Forest by Kirsty Applebaum. It was published by Nosy Crow and can be purchased on Amazon.
Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard and her best dragon friend, Lorenzo. There are often mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom and Princess Minna loves to sort them out!
She can tame unicorns, kiss frogs and fight dragons (apart from Lorenzo) and she is very good at fixing things before it’s time for bed.
In The Enchanted Forest, Princess Minna has to wake a sleeping prince before nightfall. But along the way, she finds a swan, an old lady and a very fluffy sheep – all of them in a fix! Can she help them and still reach the prince before sundown?
First of all, as soon as I heard about the Princess Minna books I knew they would be something for Erin. The cover of the book really sells it well and it definitely stands out well with it’s bright pink colour and Minna being shown riding a dragon.
The story is a really fun one, with Minna having to help save the day. A prince had a curse put on him (much like Sleeping Beauty) but there are no spells to help remove it. No one can get near the palace because of thorny bushes, fearsome guards and the fact that everyone inside is actually asleep.
Princess Minna has a dragon as a best friend (how cool is that?) and they head off into the enchanted forest, where Tunboot Palace is. On the way though they encounter a whole host of interesting characters and animals who need their help as well.
This was such a fun story with loads going on. It reminded me a bit of a mix between Sleeping Beauty and Room on the Broom, both of which are great anyway. Not only is there so much fun happening throughout the book but it’s also really exciting and quite fast paced.
Throughout the text various words are emphasised in different ways, which is a great way to help children to learn to read in slightly different ways. Some of the words are just a little bit bigger than others while some words are really highlighted in a cloud!
Some chapter books aimed around this age (5-7) tend to have black and white illustrations throughout but not this book! The Princess Minna series has beautifully bright pages and colour pictures in each book. I really think this helps to bring the story to life. The edition we have also comes with special stickers at the back of the book.
Princesses, castles, bad fairies with curses and enchanted forests… what more could you want?
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