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Dangerously Ever After

Dangerously Ever After

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by Dashka Slater

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Not all princesses are made of sugar and spice—some are made of funnier, fiercer stuff

Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants—that's her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . . . until she sees their glorious thorns! Now she must have rose seeds of


Not all princesses are made of sugar and spice—some are made of funnier, fiercer stuff

Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants—that's her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . . . until she sees their glorious thorns! Now she must have rose seeds of her own. But when huge, honking noses grow instead, what is a princess with a taste for danger to do?

For readers seeking a princess with pluck comes an independent heroine who tackles obstacles with a bouquet of sniffling noses. At once lovely and delightfully absurd, here's a story to show how elastic ideas of beauty and princesses can be.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Princess Amanita likes poisonous and dangerous things, and she grows them in her garden: her heckle-berries insult passersby and the stink lilies smell “like a mixture of dog food, cabbage, and Limburger cheese.” Cheerful Prince Florian shows up with roses, whose thorns attract Amanita, and she pens a note requesting rose seeds from his gardener. But her handwriting is bad; the seeds grow not roses, but—noses. The rest of the tale is equally unpredictable, but Amanita winds up humbled and more ready to be friends with Florian. Slater (The Sea Serpent and Me) stuffs every sentence with inventive detail, like the grenapes that explode when Florian slices some off the vine. Docampo’s (The House at the End of Ladybug Lane) illustrations have a stylish, edgy feel; Amanita’s tight bodice, made-up eyes, and carefully styled hair give her the air of a pop star, though by the end of the story she’s let her hair down. A sophisticated romp that serves as a reminder that girls can be mean and unpleasant and boys at their mercy. Ages 5–8. Agent: Felicia Eth Literary Representation. Illustrator’s Agent: MB Artists. (Sept.)
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"A sophisticated romp." — Publishers Weekly

"Humor and wordplay...sit alongside the danger." — Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Princess Amanita loves dangerous things: her pet scorpion, her dagger collection and, above all, her garden of menacing and unusual plants. When Prince Florian arrives from a neighboring kingdom with a bouquet of pink roses, she doesn't quite know what to do with the unknown flowers; the buds promptly get put into some water so the dangerous thorns can be displayed. When a misunderstanding leads the prince to send Amanita nose plants instead of rose plants, she decides to take them back to his castle. Of course, once out of the safety of her home, she realizes that maybe she doesn't like danger as much as she thought. Luckily, the nose plants help lead her to the prince's castle where the noses and roses live happily ever after… and it's implied that so, too, do the prince and princess. Docampo's artwork is detailed with a whimsical French flair; it brings to mind the works of Nicoletta Ceccoli and Giselle Potter. Younger listeners will likely tire of the longer text, but older children will giggle at the snot joke and imaginative plant names. There is also a fun spread where the princess is exhausted by the nose plants' all-night sneezing; kids might be glad to see the slightly sullen and spoiled princess get her comeuppance. However, even with its lovely artwork, this title doesn't stand out from the pack of girl-power and princess books already flooding the shelves.—Laura Lutz, Pratt Institute, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
A story about a princess who relishes danger, illustrated with incongruous glossiness. Princess Amanita loves anything perilous, from "her pet scorpion, and her brakeless bicycle, and her collection of daggers and broken glass" to a sporting walk, blindfolded, at a moat's edge. Prince Florian (from a neighboring kingdom) accidentally blows a hole in her wheelbarrow by cutting, from her vine, an apparent bunch of grapes that are actually "grenapes"--they "explode three seconds after being picked." Apologetic, he brings roses (new to Amanita, but luckily they've got thorns). She demands rose seeds to grow more thorns, but instead receives nose seeds due to an ambiguously handwritten note. Humor and wordplay--grape + grenade = grenape; nose plants rather than rose plants--sit alongside the danger theme, never quite meshing. Theme notwithstanding, Amanita's shown in peril only late in the story, and few pages feature an aesthetically threatening vibe. Not only do most of Amanita's dangerous things go without depiction, the garden, "filled with prickles and stickles and brambles and nettles," shows many cactus spikes as blunt-tipped. Despite much texturing, Docampo's bright colors and stylized, dominantly curving lines feel more slick than dangerous, though Amanita's scorpion-sting hairdo is nicely menacing. Given that feisty, dirt-or-danger-loving princesses are almost a subgenre of princess books, don't choose this one first. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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10.88(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.36(d)
AD780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dashka Slater lives in Oakland, California.

Valeria Docampo lives in Paris, France.

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Dangerously Ever After 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GeoLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Princesses are a topic that is always popular among little girls. But to be honest, I get sick of the Disney princess type, although they are getting better, the type where the princess has to be rescued, is beautiful, etc. Because of this, I am glad that there are more princess books coming out involving girls that don't fit that image. The princess in Dangerously Ever After is very much her own person. She loves things that are dangerous. Things like her pet scorpion, a bike with no brakes, and a garden full of 'prickles and stickles and brambles and nettles.' When a prince shows up and wreaks havoc in her garden she is not pleased. And when he tries to fix the damage by giving her roses, she is even less pleased, until she sees the thorns. She loves the thorns and seeks some rose seeds of her own, but what she gets is not what she wanted and adventure results. I enjoyed the fairy tale feel to the story, the story is definitely unique and fun. I highly recommend this to those who want a fairy tale, but a untypical one.