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Princess Lessons (Princess Diaries Series)

Princess Lessons (Princess Diaries Series)

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by Meg Cabot, Chesley Mclaren (Illustrator)

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Princess Mia, Grandmère, and other priceless characters are giving sound advice on being a royal in this hilarious Princess Diaries book from Meg Cabot.

Wondering how to prevent your tiara from falling off? What about keeping your skin squeaky clean? And those nasty military threats from neighboring principalities -- what a hassle! These problems and more are answered in many sidesplitting sections introduced by Princess Mia, from Chez Paolo's Paolo on beauty tips to Tina Hakim Baba's take on "The Mysterious World of Guys" to Prince René's advice on being a sport. Other guest entries include wisdom about etiquette, fashion, and education, and Princess Mia winds up the guide with heartening final opinions on the true qualities of a real princess ("Being a princess is more of an attitude, really, than a way of life.")

With Cabot's Princess Lessons in hand, any girl will be talking the regal talk and walking the royal walk in no time. Princess Mia's sage words will speak to any aristocratic wannabe, while Chesley McLaren's splendidly simple illustrations are the perfect match. A how-to handbook that's most certainly as grand as the crown jewels themselves. Shana Taylor

Publishers Weekly
Fans of the Princess Diaries will not want to miss Meg Cabot's Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book, illus. by Chesley McLaren, delivered with the series' signature wicked humor (between the paper-over-board covers in a princessiest of pink volume). From Paolo's "Pretty Princess" beauty tips ("I, Paolo, am the one who turned the Principessa Amelia from Ugly Duckling into Swan") to the Dowager Princess of Genovia's strict rules of etiquette ("Princesses always keep their knees close together when sitting. This is so that the populace gathered before you... does not catch a glimpse of your unmentionables!") to tips on fashion from Her Royal Highness Princess Mia herself, this masterguide to monarchy will have princesses sprouting up nationwide. McLaren's chic drawings combine fashion flair with fun asides (such as Mia thrusting a booted leg skyward for her grandmother's "knees together" pointer). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Packaged in diary size and bound in the brightest royal pink, this etiquette manual is partly spoof and partly sensible advice (as far as it goes) for aspiring princesses. With an introduction by Her Royal Highness Princess Mia Thermopolis (heir to the throne of Genovia while remaining a freshman at New York's Albert Einstein High), the guide goes on to explain what Mia has been learning during her princess lessons from royal Grandmère, staying at the Plaza. Teens who have read Meg Cabot's other bestselling Princess Diaries will recognize makeup expert Paolo of Chez Paolo, Mia's friend Tina Hakim Baba, and all the others who share secrets of beauty, manners, fashion, education, character, and BOYS. Standards for a princess are extremely elevated, but when they soar too high, the pomposity is neatly popped by a barbed comment from Mia, printed in pink. Chesley McLaren (illustrator of Zat Cat! and You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!) contributes her chic, tongue-in-cheek illustrations, capturing in pink and black the essence of Princess Mia, especially when she's wearing combat boots. While devouring these fascinating and amusing guidelines for life, Princess fans will do well to heed the royal advice: "Princesses, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes...Being a princess is more of an attitude, really, than a way of life." This latest addition to the popular "Princess Diaries" series is served up, sharp and cool as raspberry sorbet at the Plaza, by Cabot and McLaren, both residents of New York. 2003, HarperCollins, Talcroft
Cabot charmed readers with her Princess Diaries series, which stars Mia Thermopolis as an average (read: awkward) teenage girl from New York who discovers that she is actually the heir to the throne of Genovia, a small European country. To prepare her for her duties, Mia's grandmother tutors the somewhat reluctant Mia through what she calls "Princess Lessons." In this book, Mia shares her newfound knowledge with her readers: "All you need to know to be a princess-or just live like one." Essentially a guidebook for teenage girls, it includes practical advice on health, beauty, fashion, and manners, but the book is made entertaining by such familiar characters as Paolo, Tina Hakim Baba, Sebastiano, and of course, Mia herself. Some of the advice is very specific to princesses-such as proper tiara maintenance-but much of it is quite useful for those without blue blood. Without even noticing, teenage girls will learn the importance of good posture, proper e-mail etiquette, and five easy ways to save the planet. The emphasis is always on being oneself and liking yourself, and the moral of the story is that it never hurts to act like a princess, even if you are not one-and young girls cannot get enough of these sorts of positive messages. This cute book is made even cuter by the delightful illustrations. It is a quick, fun read and will be enjoyed by fans of the series. Illus. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, HarperCollins, 144p,
— Julie Roberts

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Princess Diaries Guidebook Series
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book

Chapter One

A Note from
Her Royal Highness Princess Mia

Real princesses always try to look their best -- but, um, my best is probably totally different from yours. There are lots of different kinds of beauty. Like those models we see on magazine covers? A lot of people might hold them up as, like, the epitome of perfection and all of that, but just remember, in France it's considered beautiful not to shave under your arms.

So you see, beauty is really relative.

Princesses, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one look that is right for everyone. Having a healthy body is way more important than having a body that looks good in low-rise jeans. And of course being a nice person is the most important thing of all. Throughout history, princesses have been remembered not for the waist size of their 501s, but for the good deeds they performed while they were on the throne.

There's one thing that looks good on everyone, though: confidence. Have confidence in yourself and your looks, and others will see your outer beauty as well as the inner.

That's what everybody keeps telling me, anyway.

Pretty Princess
by Paolo,
owner and proprietor of Chez Paolo, New York City

I, Paolo, am the one who turned the Principessa Amelia from Ugly Duckling into Swan. You, too, can look like a princess, if you follow Paolo's simple rules.

Beauty is molto importante, but so often overdone! A princess's look is bella, healthy, and well groomed.Fresh is the goal, and mascara, blush, and gloss are the tools that will get you there.

Everyone -- especially I, Paolo -- loves to play with makeup. But remember, a mask works only at Halloween! Do not slather on foundation or eyeshadow unless you want to scare your populace (also, your parents won't like it so much, no?). Natural and bella is the way Paolo urges all you little principessas to go. If you want the dramatic look of black kohl and scarlet lipstick, join your school drama club (I spit on kohl). And do not come crying to Paolo if all the little princes, they run from you in horror. Only if you follow Paolo's way can you be assured molto perfetto!

Princess Essentials

What every principessa should have in her handbag (besides cab fare, breath mints, emergency tiara, and hairbrush):

3 Lipstick or gloss
3 Pressed powder compact (to get rid of shiny nose)
3 Concealer (for dark circles under eyes due to that late-night romantic tryst, no? Also for blemishes)
3 Eye pencil

What every principessa should have in her bathroom (besides a phone and small television so she can keep abreast of world events even while bathing the royal body):

3Facial cleanser, exfoliator (or use a washcloth, but gently!), and moisturizer
3 Astringent, toner, acne medication, beauty masks
3 Foundation, concealer (for dark circles/blemishes)
3 Eye shadow, liner (no kohl -- Paolo spits on kohl!)
3 Blush (natural color -- unless you want to look like a clown principessa)
3 Mascara
3 Manicure set (nail polish, nail file, nail cutter)
3 Hair products (shampoo, conditioner, styling products, etc.)

Paolo's Princess Beauty Regimen

The look for royals? Fresh and clean! To get it, follow the beauty routine I designed for the Principessa Amelia:

  1. Wash face morning and night with gentle cleanser. Follow with exfoliant, if needed (even royals get blackheads! No joke!), and blemish product or moisturizer.
  2. Wash hair with gentle shampoo once a day, or every other day. Follow with conditioner. Use a wide-toothed comb to get out tangles. No one wants to see a bald principessa!
  3. Hair products such as mousse or gel, used sparingly, can help control a mane gone wild or give body to thin hair. Find the product that works best for you by consulting a professional hair stylist, like me, Paolo, or by experimenting at home.
  4. Bathe or shower daily. Principessas are known for smelling nice, no?
  5. Deodorant/antiperspirant is a must! Whether you are playing croquet all day, or sitting under the hot lights of a television studio being interviewed by a famous news journalist, a principessa never lets them see her sweat -- I mean, perspire.
  6. Shave or wax unwanted body hair. The Principessa Amelia insists that this is a personal choice, and that women should not feel that they have to shave just to conform with "the societal mores of their culture." I, Paolo, could not disagree more strongly -- even if you are French.
  7. Waxing is messy and can cause rashes! It is best left to salon professionals like me, Paolo. Hair removal products like depilatories are expensive, smell bad, and don't remove all the hair. A good razor and lots of shaving cream is the way to go if you choose to be hair-free, as a principessa should be (even French ones).
  8. And please, for Paolo, if you have hair growing from your upper lip or chin, pluck or bleach it (follow the instructions carefully on facial bleach packages). Never shave your face. No principessa should have razor burn over the lip!

  9. Even nervous nail biters like the Principessa Amelia can have pretty nails! Keep them neatly trimmed and polished with clear gloss (dark polish makes nails look shorter). Pushing back the cuticles also can make bitten nails look longer.

Princess Hair

Everyone is coming to Paolo, crying like a baby: "Oh, my hair is curly! Make it straight! Principessas have the straight hair!"

Well, I, Paolo, would like to say something:

Principessas can have curly hair. Principessas can have straight hair. Principessas can have dark hair. Principessas can have blond hair. Principessas may have cornrows, extensions, crew cuts, and dreads. The key to having the hair of a true principessa is:

A principessa's hair must be clean

A principessa's hair must not be in her eyes

A principessa's hair must not take more than fifteen minutes to style

Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Princess Lessons 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
moongirl101 More than 1 year ago
I've read this book at least 4 times and I love it every time! You will not regret buying this, trust me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Princess Lessons is written by Meg Cabot. This book was humorous, informative, and clever. I enjoyed reading and learning from this book. The book took me about five days to read, it wasn't that I could not finish it in one or two, but I was in school learning things, other than being a princess. Princess Lessons is 128 pages long, not long at all. Throughout the book there are lessons taught by various people from the movie, Princess Diaries, from which the book is based off of. I thought the Meg Cabot kept you in key with the story by adding little foot notes from Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia, also known as Princess Mia. I personally loved how the book talked about your inner beauty, and accepting the way you look. 'Princesses, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one look for everyone.' This was really nice to see a book that a lot of younger girls may read. Seeing as though we are now growing up in a world where body image is ingrained in our lives. Meg Cabot brought in characters from the movie who told the story. Princess Mia, Chez Palo, Sebastiano Grimaldi, Dowager Clarisse Renaldo, and Tina Hakim Baba are some of the very funny, very unique characters brought into Princess Lessons to teach you about being a Princess. The author is trying to say about life throughout the book that it does not matter what age, what shape, how tall, what you look like, or the color of your skin, everyone can be, and act like a Princess. The message was portrayed very nicely. Princess Lessons was very nicely written. It is a very good book. I suggest all little girls, teenagers, and even adults to read this book. Meg Cabot did a very nice job adding in foot notes. 'Princesses don't ridicule the looks, politics, religion, or extracurricular activities of others. Even cheerleading.' 'Only talk about weather as a last resort. Weather is way boring.' 'You don't want to eat someone else's bread by mistake. You really don't want to drink from someone else's glass. Especially Boris Pelkowski's, which always has food floating in it.' I suggest all little girls, teenagers, and even adults to read this book. It is very informative. From dressing respectfully, to proper titles. This book covers all of the etiquette without actually taking princess lessons. Meg Cabot is the author of the best selling, critically acclaimed Princess Diaries books, the first of which was made into the wildly popular Disney movie of the same name. Her other books for teens include All-American Girl, Haunted, Nicola and the Viscount, and Victoria and the Rogue. She lives in New York City with her royal consort and a one-eyed car named Henrietta.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really cool. A few weekends after reading some of this book i actually went to a costume store a bought a 'real looking' tiara. I thought this book was more amusing than Mia thought... refer to front of book. I'd much rather read this book than spending hours at my grandmothers house learning to be a princess. I LOVE THIS BOOK AND TRULY RECOMEND IT TO ANY YOUNG GIRL WHO HAS ALL THE DESIRE TO BE A PRINCESS OR AT LEAST ACT LIKE ONE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
so good i reccomend it yall!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1 day in 2 hours it is a must read!!! I really recomend it!! Horray for Meg Cabot!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Princess lessons awesome differnet form the book which makes it stand out better. I really don't like the book that are made from books. It spoiles the movie or the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Meg Cabot series 'Princess Diaries' is a great series for young adults. The people reading it will love her Lessons on how to be a Princess by her and many people's favorite characters through out her series. Meg Cabot has done it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written - witty and entertaining. Not only was it a fun read, but the etiquitte contained in the book was quite correct. This is a great way for any young princess (or princess wanna-be) to brush up on the finer points of royal behaviour, presentation, dress, manners, et. al. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always wanted to know how to be a 'PRINCESS' and now thanks to Meg Cabot my wish has come true! This book has everything you need to know to be a great princess! Book includes advice on: boys, fashion, manners, princess education and other stuff! At the front of the book you'll find out what to keep in your handbag and bathroom! I LOVE this book. It totally rocks! Thanks Meg Cabot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and found the tips super useful. A must for teen girl! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a series of articles written by characters from the book series. If you have not read the series and only seen the movie then DO NOT READ THIS!!!!!! I abosolutly love the series and recommend that you read up until the sixth book until you read this. My favorite section of the book is etiquette. It is the most practical of the sections. Despite my love for fashion, I don't really like this part of the book because it doesn't pertian to modern nonroyals. Overall I would say that the book is positive and a fun read because it has the usefulness of nonfiction yet it still possesses the humorous quality that we all know and love from the princess diaries series. I do sincerely hope that this has been helpful for any possible readers.
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You have to buy this book! I carry it everywhere with me! I even carry this book to bed. I love it! Without this book, you are not a complete girl and more! Meg Cabot rocks like Heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
meg cacot is my favorite author! ive read up to the 4th book of princess diarys and im waiting for 'project princess.' im also reading 'haunted a tale of a mediator' I enjoy this author greatly!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book that had all of the maine characters from the book teach you little ways you can become more princess like. It was very funny and i recomend it 2 anyone who loved the movie, and wants a little light reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hi everyone, i love meg's books. i love the other princess diares to. i recomend them to everyone! Meg u rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a little older than most Princess fans - 22 - but these books are so great!! I have several friends who love them as well. They are not just for young girls, anyone who WAS a young girl will love these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg...i luv meg cabot... i met her at a book fair in the city last september and shes the nicest person in the world! she signed both my princess diaries book and all american girl! shes so cool and i cant wait for two more books to come out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i cant belive that meg is coming out with some new books in march. that is so cool. im leaving for maui a couple days later, and will have the best of books to read on the plane. way to go keep those books commin!
Guest More than 1 year ago
2 thumbs up! Reading a book from the Princess Diaries collection is like reading a letter from your best friends! Meg has really out done herself. Keep those books coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love your books! I cant wait for Princess Lessons and Princess in Waiting! I loved All American Girl, and Princess in Love! The new books are coming out on my Birthday!Go Mia!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Meg's books and I absolutely cannot wait until this comes out! It looks very entertaining!!!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
Reads like a guide book, but still interesting as the author has put the personality of each contributing character into play. I found it interesting that even Lana played a role. I also enjoyed Mia's little interjections when she wanted to clarify something, or when she disagreed with what was said. Cute little addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi krystal. I luv ur name;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and all but when i bought this book i thought that it was going to be the next book in the series, like a normal book not like how it actually is and i spent like 8.99 on this book or whatever and i didnt even want to read.it but it is a pretty desent book and i would recomend it but just so u know it is a guide on how to be a princess not one of the actual books!!!!!!