A Hidden Magic

A Hidden Magic

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by Vivian Vande Velde, Trina Schart Hyman
     
 

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Once upon a time there was a very nice but very plain princess named Jennifer, who, following proper fairy-tale protocol, fell for a very handsome but very conceited prince named Alexander. When Alexander offends a powerful witch, it falls to Jennifer to save him. In the course of doing so, she meets a wizard and soon wonders if she’s such a proper fairy-tale

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Once upon a time there was a very nice but very plain princess named Jennifer, who, following proper fairy-tale protocol, fell for a very handsome but very conceited prince named Alexander. When Alexander offends a powerful witch, it falls to Jennifer to save him. In the course of doing so, she meets a wizard and soon wonders if she’s such a proper fairy-tale princess after all--a good little princess would love Alexander, but does she?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 An original and delightful parody of the classic fairy tale genre. Velde uses humorous contemporary dialogue to tell the story of the quite ordinary but spirited princess-heroine Jennifer, who finds herself in the position of saving the life of a spoiled prince and dealing with a most unconventional young sorcerer. Velde has tackled a difficult idea. The fairy tale genre has been parodied on many occasions, and parodies have the potential of becoming wearisome in their inevitable use of cliches. However, despite a wicked witch, a magic mirror, a dark forest and a handsome prince, Velde's approach remains fresh and definitely amusing. Characters have unusual twists to their personalities and become individuals rather than stereotypes. Children will secretly cheer when, at the end of the story, Jennifer turns down the marriage offer of the vain Prince Alexander and finds herself drawn to the sorcerer instead. Hyman has chosen a lush, semi-Romantic style for her ten black-and-white illustrations, done with her usual flair for detail. Readers may decide that these lovely drawings are a bit too serious for the subject matter, but nonetheless, they are a definite visual asset. Karen P. Smith, Yonkers Board of Education, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547416823
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award–winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

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Hidden Magic 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this book very good. The plot was fine, but the adventure is weak compared to Vivian Vande Velde's other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Sometimes they have fairy tales where the princess is exeptionally smart or exeptionally beautiful...or even exeptionally stupid and ugly but with a kind heart. THIS princess isn't ANY of those. In fact, she's quite ordiary! And the ending is really sweet...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected more of this book. I was hooked on it, and it was a good fantasy read, but I have read better. GOOD BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous story. Vivian Vande Velde created an ordinary princess and places her in a situation far from normal. All of the characters are well developed for a short book, and a lot of fun. Giants, dragons, witches, and magic mirrors are just some of the things included in this great book. I recommend it to lovers of the fantasy genre, and also to anyone who thought fairy tales would end differently in 'real life.' Enjoy!