Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com
"I already know the story of Sleeping Beauty." you say to yourself. "Do I really need to read it again?" you ask. Well, let me help you out a little bit.
First, talking to yourself is a completely normal activity; you're not crazy. (Actually, I can't say that for sure, since I don't know you. That, however, is beside the point. Let's just say that talking to yourself is not the deciding factor in determining insanity.) Second, I'm willing to bet you only know half of the story at best.
Did you know that the Prince doesn't have an actual name? Nope, he's just "Prince." Did you know that his mother is part ogre? Not much, not even half, really. It's not her fault. It's not even that big of a deal. Except for two Thursdays a month. Did you know that Princess Rose feels bad about being good at everything? Except maybe cooking--that one she has problems with. Did you know that her parents live in constant fear of pointy objects? Talk about being overprotective...
If the answer to any of these questions is "No", then you should definitely read this book. You'll find that there's an awful lot more to this story than you ever imagined. Plus, it made me laugh out loud, which I think is a pretty good thing!
This book is perfect for a younger reader who can deal with bigger words, a pre-teen/teenager who doesn't like to read much, or anyone with a good sense of humor. It's told from both the Prince's perspective as well as the Princess', in alternating chapters. I admit that was a bit confusing for me, at first. By the third chapter or so I got into the rhythm of it, and it wasn't an issue.
"That's great and all," you say "but will I like it?"
Yes! Now stop talking to yourself and go read already!