The Monster Princess

The Monster Princess

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by D. J. MacHale, Alexandra Boiger
     
 

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Lala dwells in a cave that lies deep below the ground, worlds away from the castle where three beautiful princesses live. She is the best krinkle-nut digger by far, but she longs for more: the dresses, the parties, the royal life. Up, up, up Lala climbs and sneaks into the castle. She tries on the princesses’ gowns…and is caught. But the princesses dress… See more details below

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Lala dwells in a cave that lies deep below the ground, worlds away from the castle where three beautiful princesses live. She is the best krinkle-nut digger by far, but she longs for more: the dresses, the parties, the royal life. Up, up, up Lala climbs and sneaks into the castle. She tries on the princesses’ gowns…and is caught. But the princesses dress Lala up and let her attend a ball. She stumbles. She bumbles. She is laughed at. Can Lala find it in her heart to forgive the girls who tricked her? Will Lala find out what it means to be a real princess?

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Publishers Weekly
Yearning to break free of her life underground, Lala, a young monster with scaly arms and lettuce hair, heads for a mountaintop castle, where she endures public humiliation at the hands of three princesses ("You're a monster forever," they jeer. "Now get out of here!"). The next day, using her insider's knowledge, she rescues the three from a brute with "sour beast-breath," but declines to befriend them even after gratitude makes the princesses relent. Boiger's pastel paintings play up the contrast between the princesses' charmed existence and Lala's comfy burrow, and while MacHale's (the Pendragon series) verse--like his heroine--is a little lumpy, he delivers his message about handling mean girls with sincerity. Ages 4-6. (Aug.)
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"Boiger's pastel paintings play up the contrast between the princesses' charmed existence and Lala's comfy borrow, and [MacHale] . . . delivers his message about handling mean girls with sincerity."—Publishers Weekly

"Lala's fluffy green hair, eager grin accented by two delicate fangs, and irrepressible spirit make her a creature kids will root for, even before she uses her monstery skills to save the princesses from a scary beast."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Poor Lala dreams of being a pretty and pampered princess living in a bright and beautiful castle like the three princesses she spies on with her extra long periscope. Alas, she lives below ground with rest of her Rugabee monster family, digging for krinkle nuts and fighting off fleas. She is the best krinkle harvester there is, but she wouldd much prefer to live in the castle. So Lala climbs to the castle and into the girls' bedroom to try on their clothes. At first the princesses help her, but they turn against her when she ruins a dress with her claws and order her back to her hole in the ground. After tumbling back down to her room, she realizes she is still wearing the dress. She knows it is really not hers, so the next day she trudges back to the castle to return it. Along the way, she comes across the princesses being attacked by a fiendish wiffle. Quick thinking monster that she is, Lala offers the wiffle krinkle nuts instead, saving the princesses' lives. They offer to take her in to be a princess, but Lala's learned her lesson. She is good as she is and does not need to change. A sweet story about learning to like oneself and the illustrations are cute, but the ending was a bit heavy handed and the storytelling faltered here and there. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442435322
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
28 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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