The Witch Who Wanted to Be a Princess

The Witch Who Wanted to Be a Princess

by Lois G. Grambling, Judy Love
     
 

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It's as true today as it was a thousand years ago—some witches want to be princesses.
Like Bella. She dreams of big castles, silk gowns, and jewels. But the Grand Wizard has placed a moratorium on witches turning themselves into anything, especially princesses, and Bella's dream turns to dust. Clever Bella has another plan: marry a prince. A handsome

Overview

It's as true today as it was a thousand years ago—some witches want to be princesses.
Like Bella. She dreams of big castles, silk gowns, and jewels. But the Grand Wizard has placed a moratorium on witches turning themselves into anything, especially princesses, and Bella's dream turns to dust. Clever Bella has another plan: marry a prince. A handsome one, if they haven't all been turned into frogs. And with a little online dating help that's exactly what she sets out to do.

This funny story will have readers spellbound and laughing out loud at Bella's sweetly enchanting attempts to hook her handsome prince. Magical illustrations enhance this delightful tale.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Grambling (Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please?!?!) swoops down on a broomstick of her own and pulls readers aboard for some full-throttle storytelling. A feisty and accomplished witch named Bella wants to "live in a big castle, and wear silk gowns, dainty glass slippers, and a jeweled crown." Unable to cast a spell on herself that will do the job, she settles on marrying a prince and because this pointy-hatted heroine lives in a witty hodgepodge world that's a cross between Once Upon a Time and the 21st century, she finds what she's looking for in the personal ads. A familiar lesson about the value of self-esteem lurks in these pages (Bella feels the appropriately witchy wart on the end of her nose makes her "more beautiful than she already was"), but her Prince Charming's uncanny resemblance to Frankenstein makes the moral easy to swallow. Grambling's jaunty matter-of-factness gets ratcheted up to slapstick in Love's (First Day Jitters) busy if slightly unappetizing pictures. Heavy on bruised purples and greens, the pictures are chockablock with creepy details, from Bella's fingerless fishnet gauntlets and pea-colored fingernails to her cat's spike collar. Crowded spreads add to the visual discomfort an effect that might just strike the target audience as gleeful mayhem. Ages 3-9. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bella the witch really wants to be a princess, but the grand wizard forbids her using her magic to become one. Her only hope is to marry a prince. Finding a likely prospect in the want ads, and being assured of her beauty, warts and all, by her Magic Mirror, Bella manages to arrive in time at the Kingdom of Styne to meet Prince Franklyn. The two are obviously meant for each other. The good humor of the updated fairy tale is matched by Love's lively illustrations in transparent dyes, which create a detailed context to spice up the narrative. Bella's cat hangs on desperately to her jet-powered broomstick, zooming past city skyscrapers. In the pictures but not in the text, her parallel romance with the prince's cat adds more fun. The characters at the wedding feast are a story in themselves. 2002, Whispering Coyote/Charlesbridge,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Bella, a thoroughly modern witch, dreams of being a glamorous princess and living in a big castle rather than a small cobwebby cottage on the outskirts of a big city. But a grand wizard has declared witches an endangered species and put a ban on them changing themselves into anything, and Bella's only hope is to marry a prince. Using all her wits and perusing the matchmaker ads, she manages to captivate a strange-looking young man, Prince Franklyn of Styne, who is enthralled by her cleverness and freakish beauty, and makes her his bride. Hilarious cartoonlike illustrations enhance this engaging story.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bella lives in a musty cottage and wears a tall, pointy hat and a long, black cape, but she dreams of being a princess and living in a castle and wearing jewels and silk dresses. As a witch who has graduated at the top of her class, changing one thing into another is one of Bella's best spells. But after trying unsuccessfully to make the change, she consults her spell books where she learns that because of a dwindling population of witches, she is not allowed to change herself into anything else. She decides that the only way to become a princess is to marry a prince. Reading the personal section of her paper leads Bella into a modern-day fairy tale, complete with a handsome prince. Bella and her new beau, Franklyn of Styne, meet and fall madly in love. Detailed illustrations of the frightful couple and their magical surroundings are suitably cluttery, using a mix from double-paged spreads to spots in the text and offering plenty to look at. The intended message of the story is spelled out by Bella's magic mirror: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"; unfortunately, it may leave readers with the idea that a homely person can only be loved by someone equally odd-looking. Not exactly bewitching. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580890625
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lois Grambling is the author of more than twenty children's books, including CAN I BRING WOOLLY TO THE LIBRARY, MS REEDER? and CAN I HAVE A STEGOSAURUS, MOM? CAN I? PLEASE!? She lives in Binghamton, New York.

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