Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams

Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams

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by Laura Joy Rennert, Melanie Florian
     
 

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She's sporty, funny, and brave — meet the one-of-a-kind Princess Emma!

Emma is not your typical princess. She dislikes pink, would rather play soccer than go dancing, and secretly dreams of being a dragon rider. And so, when she hears the news that dragons in the kingdom are becoming ill, does Emma quietly wait around for her fairy godmother to save

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She's sporty, funny, and brave — meet the one-of-a-kind Princess Emma!

Emma is not your typical princess. She dislikes pink, would rather play soccer than go dancing, and secretly dreams of being a dragon rider. And so, when she hears the news that dragons in the kingdom are becoming ill, does Emma quietly wait around for her fairy godmother to save the day? Of course not! She makes a plan to solve the dragon mystery herself. With a helping hand from her best friend, Rapunzel, and a surprising new pal, Emma might actually manage to save her favorite mythic creatures...and possibly even the whole kingdom.

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Publishers Weekly
Princesses and dragons—perennial favorites—coexist with some discord in this first installment of the Royal Princess Academy series from literary agent and author Rennert (Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur). Despite Emma’s royal lineage (Snow White was her great-great-grandmother), she maintains that she’s “the most un-princess-y princess in the world!” Hardly a model student at the academy, she sets off a chain of mishaps when she sneezes during Royal Table Manners class, makes a cake that erupts like a volcano, and prefers to read books rather than balance them on her head in Princess Posture class. Emma is much more interested in owning a pet dragon and joining the Royal Dragon Guard. The pace slows as Emma embarks on a somewhat convoluted mission to discover why the kingdom’s dragons are sickly. Florian’s (A Day with Mommy) halftone art underscores Emma’s feistiness and puts a humorous spin on her princess gaffes. Though Emma is an unconventional princess, her adventures are rather ordinary; still, readers who share her rough-and-tumble nature should find her a winning role model. Ages 6–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Emma is a not a princessy princess. She does not like the color pink and would rather play soccer and slide down the banister than dance. At the All-School Princess contest, Emma's chocolate volcano cakes erupts at the wrong time and her pet Chihuahua runs from the dog judging ring but when it comes time to "create a happy ending" her kicking skills save the day for friend Rapunzel. She longs to be a dragon rider with all the adventure it entails. When Emma learns that the dragons of the kingdom are lacking in luster and unable to breathe fire, she determines to get to the bottom of the mystery. She fills her backpack with a dragon field guide, binoculars, flashlight, and a rope and sets off for the Dragon Caverns. With the help of Rapunzel and a wizened gnome, Emma saves the day and fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a dragon rider. This is a delightful, breezy read for those little girls who present themselves as princesses with just a touch of attitude. Emma is funny and brave and has what it takes to imagine creative solutions to problems. Short lively chapters are perfect for the newly independent reader with just enough humor and drama to move the story to a satisfying conclusion. The message, to believe in one's self, is subtly wrapped within a warm and enjoyable tale. Black and white drawings scattered throughout provide visual enhancement. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
Princess Emma doesn't like pink and would rather kick a soccer ball than dance, and so beginneth the lessons. She's in her first year at the Royal Princess Academy, where her best friend is Rapunzel. Emma fears for her team in the All-School Princess Contest, which does start badly for her: Her chocolate volcano cake, while delicious, explodes all over everyone, and she doesn't feel the rocks under her mattress. But Emma saves the day single-handedly when she is tasked to "create a happy ending" and rescues Rapunzel, Alex and Moriah from their various difficulties (Rapunzel, her hair newly cut, is trapped in a tower). What Emma really wants is to study dragons, which have been forbidden freedom of the kingdom because it is thought that they are dangerous for the environment. But when her class finally gets to visit the dragon caverns, she has another adventure and convinces the kingdom that letting the dragons roam free is better for both forest and waters. After a birthday surprise, Emma writes a letter to the princesses who will follow, reminding them that they can write "our OWN stories." It's all very affirming, and the illustrations are squiggly and cute, but it is awfully preachy. As this begins a series, readers can be sure that Princess Emma, her cousin, Prince Ben, and the gnomes who train dragons and riders will be seen again. (Fantasy. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803737501
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Rennert was an English professor before becoming a literary agent. She is also the author of the picture book Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur. Laura, her husband Barry, and their daughter Emma (the inspiration for Royal Princess Academy) live in northern California with a pet Chihuahua named Lola.

Melanie Florian left her first career as a teacher of young children to attend art school. Now a full-time illustrator, she has been published internationally. She lives in France.

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Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample was only 6 pages andp it wasent even the real story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sample doesn't even have one page of the story to read. Can't tell if the story is good or not. It just has pages before the story starts! Poor way to provide a sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute book with a positive message. So many books these days have the main character talk negatively or use a lot of sarcasm. This book gives a great example of how our individual talents make us special and unique. Through the friendship of Emma and Rapunzel, girls will see what it means to be a good friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super book i think that you should get it. I have read the sample and i think it is really good , you should get it!
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