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The Princess Test: 09/21/10

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My daughter is currently princess crazy. Her favorite princess is Princess Pea from the PBS series Super Why! Princess Pea as you can probably guess is the daughter of the princess who passed the pea test. So when I was looking for longer books to read to her during bath time, The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine was an obvious choice.

In Levine's version, set in her fantasy realm of Biddle, Lorelei is a commoner with very royal tastes. She likes the best foods, the purest soaps, the finest materials. A natural klutz and prone to allergic reactions to things that aren't quite right, she spends her time embroidering anything and everything perfectly.

Meanwhile the king and queen of Biddle are trying to find an appropriate princess for their son to marry. They put together a series of tests meant to weed out the list to the perfect match. What they don't consider is that a commoner with uncommon tastes might be able to pass the test!

Levine's humor shines in this book. As it's significantly shorter than Ella Enchanted she wastes no words on setting up a joke or a scene. She jumps right to the point with a biting humor that made the book hilarious to read. The humor though is secondary to a well crafted story which captivated Harriet and kept her going all the way to the end.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, September, 22, 2010 at 10:42:45

Man of la Book

This reminds of the princess test guys do to girls on a first date (my wife passed) :)

Comment #2: Monday, September 27, 2010 at 21:32:04


I don't even know how to respond.

Comment #3: Wednesday, September, 22, 2010 at 14:34:02

Renee (Lover of Romance)

I love the Princess and the Pea, its such a wonderful story!!!

I have a award for you Here

Comment #4: Monday, September 27, 2010 at 21:34:13


Thank you for the award. Happy reading.

Comment #5: Thursday, September, 23, 2010 at 06:10:32

Ms. Yingling

Has your daughter read Lasky's Born to Rule series? She would probably love it. And congratulations on being on the Cybils' panel!

Comment #6: Monday, September 27, 2010 at 21:35:16


No, she hasn't. I will go look it up. Thank you for the recommendation.

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