3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale

3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale

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by Danbert Nobacon, Alex Cox
     
 

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Princess Stormy goes on a quest to help her dad, killing three princes by accident along the way.See more details below

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Princess Stormy goes on a quest to help her dad, killing three princes by accident along the way.

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Publishers Weekly
Princess Alexandra, aka Stormy, is having a rough life. Her father is going on a business trip, and the aggressive neighboring Oosarians want her to marry odious Prince Mercurio. When Mercurio assaults Stormy and she accidentally kills him, she flees the castle, the threat of war, and a prophecy that she will kill two more princes. At its best, the story inhabits that delicate zone between sincerity and self-conscious mockery of fairy tale tropes, but Nobacon can't sustain the balance for long, and the pretension-puncturing aspects of the narrative, such as a princess who volunteers at the library, are at odds with the dramatic tension of prophecy and attempted rape. Marketed to adults, the slim story and Alex Cox's cheerful but sketchy illustrations might do better with teens. (Oct.)
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“This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are wonderful. It definitely rocks! I ought to know” —IGGY POP

3 Dead Princes follows the fairy tale narrative with personal challenges, serious battle preparation, and more brave moments than the movie Brave. But every time you think you have it all figured out, Nobacon throws a curve ball, forcing the reader to rethink what a fairy tale can be . . . while also posing a lot of subtle questions about society, culture, and evolution. . . . With Alex Cox’s illustrations along to spice things up even more, it’s a very enjoyable, and unorthodox, read.” —Bookslut

“Parents looking for a book for a middle-grader would be hard pressed to find a more sophisticated yet accessible story. Yes, there is a bit of swearing in it, and yes, there are some fairly grown-up themes introduced, but as a springboard for sensible and informed discussion with youngsters about how we live and how we might live, it is hard to think of a better book. . . . Even as an adult reader, the story is interesting and intelligent enough for you to find it worth your while.”— New York Journal of Books

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935259060
Publisher:
Exterminating Angel Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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