THE PRINCE PROBLEM by Vivian Vande Velde

THE PRINCE PROBLEM

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A spellbound prince and an abducted princess must work together to defeat their enemies.

When a confused witch thinks 13-year-old Prince Telmund is bullying his little brother, she casts a transmogrification spell on him. Every time he falls asleep, he alternates between his human form and an animal form. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Princess Amelia has her own problems. Her parents have decided that it is time for her to be betrothed, solidifying the safety of their kingdom. When Amelia is kidnapped by a neighboring prince and carried away to his kingdom, Telmund comes to her aid, using his rat teeth to gnaw through her bonds. Unfortunately, Amelia is unable to see beyond the surface and dismisses her rescuer with a solid kick. However, whether as a rooster, a goat, or even a dragon, Telmund keeps trying. Amelia refuses to be a victim, relying on her intellect to undermine her captor. The usual model that finds a helpless princess saved by the gallant hero is flipped in this lighthearted exploration of birth order, familial obligations, and friendship. Telmund’s bumbling and Amelia’s annoying superiority make the duo’s escape exciting and realistic. Other than a fairy with silver hair, the only descriptive details point to the white default.

A royal adventure with archetype-shattering characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 27th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-338-12151-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2018




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