Children's Literature - Jennifer McFarland
This entertaining book is the sequel to Once upon a Marigold. The kingdom of Beaurivage has been ruled peacefully by King Swithbert since his wife, the evil Queen Olympia, disappeared in the river. But now Olympia has returned, intending to take back control of the kingdom and get rid of her husband. The people of Beaurivage are not happy with Olympia ruling the kingdom because she frequently throws her subjects into the dungeons. The people would like to prevent Olympia from ruling the kingdom again, but she seems to be too powerful to stop. Olympia's and Swithbert's daughter Marigold and her husband Christian are the rulers of the neighboring kingdom of Zandelphia. Marigold and Christian, with the help from a troll, a wizard, and a few other friends, have to figure out a way to stop Olympia from taking over the kingdom. Saving the kingdom of Beaurivage becomes even more challenging when Marigold and Christian start to fight with each other. Reviewer: Jennifer McFarland
Wrought in the same whimsical style as Once Upon a Marigold, this sequel to the fractured fairy tale tells what happens after evil Queen Olympia's plot to murder her husband and his daughter Marigold fails. After the queen falls into a river and is presumed dead, she emerges in the village of Granolah suffering from amnesia. The new Olympia, who calls herself Angie, is quite a bit more pleasant than her former self. Unfortunately, her memory returns, and after returning to her kingdom (accompanied by two Granolahans), she soon goes back to her old tricks, scheming to get rid of the king and Marigold. Fans will revel in the author's hilarious warping of fairy-tale conventions and will adore the new characters: Lazy Susan, the disgruntled half-sister of Sleeping Beauty; Mr. Lucasa, master of culinary arts, fashion design and foreign languages; and Hannibal, the white elephant, who literally shakes up the kingdom's power structure. Ages 10-up. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
VOYA - Kathleen Beck
When nasty Queen Olympia falls into the river on her daughter's wedding day, Princess Marigold fully expects that she and her beloved King Christian of Zandelphia will now live happily ever after. Alas amnesiac Olympia is not lost but fetches up in the downstream village of Granolah, where she becomes sweet, cooperative Angelica. Until, that is, the day when her memory suddenly returns. Outraged at her humble estate, Olympia resolves to go back to her erstwhile realm of Beaurivage, depose gentle King Swithbert, and teach her grateful subjects what's what. As Christian's foster-father Edric the troll might say, the fat is in the frying pan. With Swithbert, Edric, and Marigold's former fiancT Magnus shut up in the suitably dank dungeon, it is up to Marigold, Chris, and a few unlikely allies to stand up for truth, justice, and the Beaurivage-Zandelphian way. This sequel to Once Upon a Marigold (Harcourt, 2002/VOYA December 2002) is a fun piece of fluff with which to while away a lazy afternoon. The characters are hardly complex and the plot is a good-natured pastiche of fairy-tale clichTs, but the writing is fresh and funny and the story never takes itself seriously. Fans of Ella Enchanted, by Gail Levine (HarperCollins, 1997/VOYA August 1997) and Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series will gobble up this tasty bonbon. It is not essential to have read the previous book, but do readers a favor and get them both. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
This sequel to Once Upon a Marigold offers more fairy tale fun. The first book ended with the marriage of Christian and Princess Marigold and the defeat of evil stepmother Queen Olympia, who fell into the river. In this book, it turns out Olympia was fished out of the river with amnesia, but now, a year later, she has regained her memory and she's determined to regain her throne. Olympia schemes to take over and to make everyone's life miserable, too. Her bad energy infects the kingdom, and she arrests King Swithbert, Ed the troll, and Sir Magnus, accusing them of treason. To rescue them and get rid of Olympia, Christian and Marigold must come up with a scheme of their own. Readers of the first book will be entertained by new characters as well as old favorites in this lighthearted fantasy adventure sequel. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8- This sequel to Ferris's beloved Once upon a Marigold (Harcourt, 2002) shifts its focus from Christian and Marigold to one of the less-savory characters. At the end of the first book, the evil-plotting Queen Olympia falls into a river, allowing everyone else to live happily ever after. Now, she has arrived downstream in Granolah and, suffering from amnesia, starts a new life as "Angie." It's only when she snaps out of it and wants her throne back that trouble starts. With her friends as her companions, she treks back to Beaurivage, resumes her reign, and jails King Swithbert and Ed, the troll who raised Christian. When Marigold realizes what has happened, she cooks up a plan with Christian, her father, and Ed. But just as they've deposed the queen, Olympia turns back into Angie. Realizing they're much better off with Angie, they bring in a wizard to rid her body of any traces of Olympia, and the whole kingdom returns to its happily-ever-after mode. In focusing on Olympia and introducing a plethora of new minor characters, Ferris moves away from what was so endearing about the first book: Marigold and Christian. Throughout this one, they are settling into marriage and bickering, which becomes monotonous. Still, the sequel shines in its more witty moments, as when Marigold discovers knock-knock jokes. Fans of the first title will surely want to read this novel, but it does not stand alone.-Jennifer Barnes, Homewood Library, IL
Lightning doesn't strike twice, but this follow-up to the delicious romantic comedy Once Upon A Marigold (2002) goes down as easily as one of the yummy dishes crafted by anagrammatically named chef/toymaker/jolly-old-elf Stan Lucasa. At the end of the previous episode Prince Christian and Princess Marigold were united at last, while evil stepmother Queen Olympia took a header into the river. Now Olympia is back, having spent a year as an amnesiac in the distant village of Granolah, and in no time she has husband King Swithbert and two of his cronies headed for the gallows: "A fine kettle of hen's teeth," as malapropism-prone mini-troll Edric puts it. Though a tad preachy about the pitfalls of meeting violence with violence and other ethical issues, Ferris compensates with clever additions to the already-colorful cast, ushers Marigold and Christian through a rough domestic patch back to lovey-doveydom and steers the plot to a resolution that leaves everyone, even Olympia, set for a happily-ever-after. For full appreciation, readers should start with the opener. (Fantasy. 11-13)
From the Publisher
"Appealing new characters and fresh plot twists give this sequel a life of its own, though fans of the earlier book will enjoy the continuation of its story line, wry humor, and offbeat sense of fun."Booklist
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The trouble began with the dogs: big, shaggy Bub and little, dramatic Cate; and the floor mops: Flopsy, Mopsy, and Topsy. They had lots of toys scattered all through the castle at Beaurivage, as well as at the crystal cave-castle, Zandelphia’s royal residence across the river. There were chew toys, balls, flying toys, stuffed toys, toys on wheels, but there was just one blue squeaky toy. And that was the one they all wanted to play with.
When they were at the castle where the blue squeaky toy wasn’t, they made do with what was available. But even when they were wildly chasing the bouncy red balls down seven flights of stairs, they were each thinking, I wish I had that blue squeaky toy. When they did have the blue squeaky toy, there were nothing but fights over who got to play with it, and for how long, and whose turn was next.
Nobody could figure out why these dogs, who had been such good friends for over a year, were suddenly so contentious. They should have been the happiest dogs in all the known kingdoms. They had the most luxurious silk pillows to sleep on (as well as every bedeven if there was somebody in itin any of the 247 bedrooms in both castles combined), the finest and most exotic cuisine (muskrat mixture, chipmunk chews, kangaroo kibble) prepared daily by the royal chefs, so many toys the courtiers were constantly tripping over them and finding them under the many sofa cushions (and still occasionally discovering that their court shoes had been chewed on), and more freedom than was probably good for them. Limits are important and necessary, after all.
The dogs weren’t sure why they were so cranky with each other, either. It just seemed there was something in the air that made them feel all prickly and cross.
And then there was something in the air. Rainlots of it.
The rain started the day a rumor reached the castle at Beaurivage of a woman who had washed ashore about a year before in a village far, far, far downstream, who hadn’t been able to remember anything about how she had gotten into the riveror anything at all, really. She apparently had recently regained her memory.
There were no further details, but of course everyone thought of their queen, Olympia, who had fallen into the river the year before.
It kept raining. For days and days and days. Then everybody in Beaurivagenot just the dogswas in a bad mood.
The suspicions that the woman was Olympia persisted. But no more rumors arrived, and neither did Olympia. Since everyone believed that the first thing she would have done upon recovering her memory that she was a queen would have been to get back to Beaurivage as fast as possible, and since that hadn’t come about, they began to comfort themselves with the belief that the woman downstream was not Olympia. It was an odd coincidence, they agreed, that another woman had fallen into the river at about the same time, but coincidences happened, especially in villages alongside rivers.
After a week or so of steady rain, the downpours tapered off and finally stopped. But the persistent feelings in Beaurivage were those of gloom, discontent, and unease. It was hard to believe that such a short time before, around the time of the dedication of the Zandelphia-Beaurivage Bridge linking the two kingdoms, many residents, including the royals, believed themselves to be the happiest they had ever been.
Copyright © 2008 by Jean Ferris
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