Princess Who Had Almost Everything

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Princess Alicia has everything she needs and more. A splendid castle, mountains of desserts, and loving parents who do everything possible to ensure she is happy. But even with all of that, Alicia is bored. Terribly bored. So what will it take to finally make her happy?

The Princess Who Had Almost Everything is an enchanting tale that reminds readers of all ages that happiness is not always where you seek it, but instead can be found in the ...

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Overview

Princess Alicia has everything she needs and more. A splendid castle, mountains of desserts, and loving parents who do everything possible to ensure she is happy. But even with all of that, Alicia is bored. Terribly bored. So what will it take to finally make her happy?

The Princess Who Had Almost Everything is an enchanting tale that reminds readers of all ages that happiness is not always where you seek it, but instead can be found in the most unlikeliest places.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
There is not much to admire about the main character, Alicia, who is a princess who has everything but is unhappy and bored. She lives in a wonderful castle that even has a built in roller coaster. Her parents do everything they can to make her happy but she does not like anything. The shoemaker tries to make her special slippers and boots, but she complains about them and yells that she is bored. Bakers create wonderful desserts for her but she only tells them that she is bored. The spoiled princess carries on like this until one night she wakes up and decides she wants a prince. The prince she chooses must be someone who can keep her from getting bored. After many suitors are rejected, a prince arrives with a huge cardboard box. He finds a solution for her boredom and the story has a fairytale ending. However, it is difficult to have empathy for this mean-spirited princess who relies on everyone else to make her happy. The one redeeming feature is the illustrations which are colorful and interesting. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Spoiled Princess Alicia constantly yells out the same refrain, "I'm bored!" Nothing pleases her-not the wondrous garden maze commissioned by the king and queen, not a table full of frothy desserts, not even a specially designed, fully automated "princess-washer" bathtub. She finally decides that she wants a prince, but all the candidates bore her except for one. Prince Connor brings a big box filled with sheets of paper, and, after folding an origami house, invites her to make something herself. Her creative streak unleashed, the princess finally finds an interest, and, in the years that follow, the two marry and live happily ever after. The clear message is that the simple things are often better than the fantastic. Large, painterly spreads depict the story's action from varied perspectives. The artist's rich palette consistently contrasts bold reds with landscape greens. An enjoyable but additional tale.-Linda M. Kenton, Pickleweed Public Library, San Rafael, CA

Kirkus Reviews

In this modern take on the fairy tale, a king and queen puzzle over what to do with a princess who has almost everything and is still bored. Princess Alicia's parents "[love] her dearly and [do] everything they [can] to make her happy," but nothing seems to make her happy. They build Alicia her own castle with a roller coaster. They give her a leafy maze with an electric train. The shoemaker designs fine shoes to tempt her. The royal bakers concoct lavish confections to please her—all to no avail. When she decides she wants a prince, heralds sweep the kingdom promising Alicia's hand in marriage to the man who can keep her from being bored. All fail until Prince Connor presents her with a cardboard box filled with paper—and the invitation to use her imagination. Humorous, stylized illustrations in pretty pastels capture the scowling, frowning, wailing, grimacing, yelling Alicia in every stage of utter boredom amidst her perfect fairy-tale world. An enchanting lesson in the importance of simple gifts and self-entertainment. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768873
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mireille Levert studied drawing, painting, and sculpting at the University of Quebec in Montreal. One of her first jobs was in a small children's bookstore, where she discovered her love for illustration. She has since gone on to win the Governor General's Award for Illustration and has been nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her other published titles include Tulip and Lupin Forever, Down at the Sea Hotel, Eddie Longpants, And Island in the Soup, and Sleep Tight Mrs. Ming. Her work has been exhibited in many countries, including France, Italy, and Japan. Mireille enjoys doing lots of presentations and workshops for children. She works and lives in Montreal, Québec.

Tundra’s JOSÉE MASSE grew up in an artistic household. Her father was a painter and many of her dearest memories are of spending time with him in his studio. She studied graphic arts in Montreal, and worked as a graphic designer for three years before beginning a career in illustration. Josée Masse lives near Montreal where she spends most of her time in her studio.

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