Publishers WeeklyThis unexpected tale of a young princess who rescues herself from an evil dragon is seemingly for young readers yet should bewitch all fantasy fans. Espinosa's saga follows Princess Mabelrose from her early days as a quite unspoiled princess to her epic journey to return to her modest kingdom after being carried off by a dragon. The beast loves gold and princesses, of course, and lives in a ruined castle surrounded by a thorny wood that has been the ruin of countless would-be rescuers. Not content to wait for deliverance and unaware that her father has set out to claim her, Mabelrose uses her smarts to sneak away from the stronghold, taking along the most useful items in the dragon's treasury: a camouflage cloak and boots that make her walking easy. As Mabelrose traverses the land of 100 kingdoms, she encounters the generous Munken folk, who shelter her from the dragon, and the puzzlingly hostile Leptians, animals who are ruled by a cruel tiger. Her charm consistently wins her friends along the way, from Spiky the porcupine to a boar who, despite a princess's kiss, fails to turn into a prince. Espinosa's influences seem to be equal parts Grimm fairy tales, animated Disney films, the Wizard of Oz and Japanese manga, and the work is meticulously rendered in a seductive palette of brights and shadows. While our heroine may not be the fairest in the land, she's adorable enough to be a convincingly attractive leading lady. Mabelrose's journey remains unfinished at the book's close, leaving way for a sequel. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
- Collected for the first time, get all 3 volumes of the acclaimed fairy-tale adventures of Princess Mabelrose and her companion Spiky the talking porcupine in this special, deluxe megatrade!
Library JournalThis enjoyable all-ages fantasy adventure was originally available in three separate volumes, the second of which was nominated for an Eisner Award. It has now been collected in this impressive, oversized hardcover. Mabelrose, the warm-hearted, tomboyish teenage princess of the less-than-wealthy kingdom of New Tinsley, is kidnapped by an evil dragon, and the dragon taunts her that no handsome prince will come to rescue a second-class princess like her. But instead of spiraling into despair, Mabelrose takes matters into her own hands: she steals some of the dragon's magic artifacts and escapes. With her companion, Spiky the talking porcupine, she sets out for home through unfamiliar territory, encountering new friends and enemies and growing up along the way. Antarctic is known for publishing manga-influenced American work, and Espinosa's cartoony figures have a touch of manga in them, but his work is set apart from manga's black-and-white nature by its lush and excellent coloring. Those looking for religion-friendly GNs should note Mabelrose's family's habit of prayer. Recommended for fans of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting (with which is shares a penchant for referencing fairy tales) at all libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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- 4 - 8 Years
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The book is incredable. I loved the detail in the illistration. It is not your usual princess story. It includes action, comedy, suspence. It is a story for all age groups. A pricess kidnapped by a dragon, unusual? no. But her escaping on her own outsmarting her foes. Going on a journey to get back home. Meeting friends and having adventures along the way. I read this story to my 5 yr old cusion she loved it. I gave it to my 13 yr old cusion HE loved it. It's one book I would sujust to fairy tale lover. NOTE: You will reconise some of the characters. Can you guess how many and from which stories?