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Children's LiteratureWhen Princess Minuette is brought to the castle of her uncle, "Sir Horace the Horrible," while her father, the king, has the flu, the warrior is not too happy to take care of her. Horace is big and hulking and far too busy with "dragons to slay, armies to vanquish" to take care of a little girl. The two are at odds, as Horace attempts to go about his usual duties, while Minuette remains lonely for her father. Horace, a bit of a show-off, can't believe that there is anything his brother can do better than he can, until he finally follows Minuette's directions and gives her a big hug. Ultimately, Horace realizes that perhaps he won't miss being "horrible" so much after all. Urbanovic's expressive illustrations fully capture the charm of this modern fairy tale. Minuette is a clever and winsome princess, and Horace is the ultimate, irascible-yet-lovable knave. Both will win the hearts of the intended audience. 2003, Cavendish Children's Books, Ages 4 to 7.
— Micki S. Nevett