Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #1)

Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #1)

by Diane Mae Robinson



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Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #1) by Diane Mae Robinson

“I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games have become boring. The thing I want the most…” Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. “I want to be a royal knight.”

Princess Petra's unusual birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight's quest they can't stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom's worst enemies. Will Petra's kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?

“Ms. Robinson has spun a tale full of quirky characters and surprising twists of plot that will delight both adults and children alike.”
—Marcia Lee Laycock,
author of One Smooth Stone, A Tumbled Stone, and Spur of the Moment

“A tale of the bravery, innocence and determination of a child as she pursues her dream. Young readers are sure to enjoy Robinson's delightful tale.”
—Cheryl Schenk- Bittleberry Books,
author of The Stibil Forest Adventures: Little Synni's Moonlight Mischief

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613462645
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: The Pen Pieyu Adventures , #1
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Sir Princess Petra 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Princess Petra’s birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor? Petra is the Princess of Pen Pieyu. It is September ninth, Petra’s ninth birthday, more appropriately called her “royal birthday.” Her father, the King, tells Petra she can have “anything your heart desires.” So what does a little Princess choose? Diamonds? Jewels? Barbie’s Palace? A Royal Playground? Nope, Petra decides she wants to become a knight. The King tells her she cannot because not only is she a Princess, she is a . . . girl. “Where is it written that a girl cannot be a knight?” Petra asks. They check the Royal Rulebook and no, nothing about a girl not being a knight. Ah, but to be a knight, Petra must prove she is brave by performing an act of bravery. She chooses to quiet the howling dragon. Petra suits up in her temporary, makeshift armor and heads out to the Forest of Doom to hush Snarles. Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarles, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author’s imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime. The illustrations are pencils drawings with wonderful shading and highlights. Petra is a strong character, yet the artist renders her sweetly, catching the child’s emotions perfectly. Snarles, the nasty, horrifying, dangerous dragon Petra sets out to conquer, looks the part until Petra sways him with her charms, and then helps him escape a predicament no one could expect. It is just one plot twist, which will entertain and amuse the reader. I hope Ms. Robinson continues her Pen Pieyo adventures. Note: received from author
Leyla_Atke More than 1 year ago
Sir Princess Petra is a wonderful children’s book written by Diane Mae Robinson. A strange desire of Princess Petra turns into an exciting and funny adventure, which will make happy any child. The book is accompanied by awesome illustrations. 4 stars is only because I thought the illustrations should be in color.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but why so short? Although this may seem to be a children's book first, it is one of the few children's books that does not treat the reader like a young dolt. You won't find anything 'childish' here so that even adults like me can enjoy the story. In fact the book has a feminist overtone, with I like. Petra is not just any other princess; she is a symbol of the voice of protest against the existing patriarchy (and as if to prove her point she actually chooses the most dangerous of all tasks): “Where is it written that a girl cannot be a knight and protect her kingdom?” While this may seem like an innocent dialog at first, it is actually replete with meanings. This is a story that all girls (and their parents too) must read. Even in the 21st century, there are certain backward societies where girls are not offered proper opportunities to grow and face challenges like their male counterparts, which is just shameful really. They are petted and made to believe that: " “You are a princess … a girl. You must be big and brave and mean and nasty to be a royal" Of course one does not need to be 'mean and nasty' to become a knight; that is presumptuous. This story teaches you that girls too can do just about anything that only boys are expected to do! A lot of the societal restrictions we find ourselves in today are not mentioned in any law book either; we humans, being creatures of habit, learn faster to adapt to existing rules rather than challenge them; if only more of us challenged those artificial restrictions like Petra did, the world would have been much more interesting and peaceful indeed. Very impressed. As a side note, I did not know about this first book in the series so the "first book" I actually read was the second book in the series. I was so impressed with the story that I wanted to grab the prequel too. Although the story in the prequel is just as exciting (probably even more) as the second book, I am just a little disappointed with its short length. I wish I had more to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Tale to Amuse, Intrigue, and Inspire . . . Petra is princess of the Land of Pen Pieyu, and on the ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year, her birthday, she is granted by Royal decree that she may have whatever she wants. To the king’s amazement, her father, his precious daughter says she wants to be a knight! Thus begins a charming tale of a quest by Petra into the Forest of Doom, carrying onions for protection, and wearing her armor made of pots, pans, and a sword that resembles a cake knife. She reveals that to be a knight, one need not be “brave, mean, and nasty” as she confronts Snarls, the terrible dragon. Then she is confronted by invaders led by Prince Nastybun from the kingdom of Mesoggie, who Petra subdues with a delightful highland-huggy-dance! Those are a few highlights of this compelling, charming, amusing and delightful tale of a brave young girl. Petra knows what she wants and uses kindness, grace, courage, and invention to lead her little band to glory. This treasured tale of discovery and determination, with charming illustrations, is ideal for any child. It will amuse, intrigue, and inspire. Plus, it will leave you wanting more . . . Sir Princess Petra adventures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! I had high anticipation from this book just from the picture on the was more than met! The whimsy of the story, the can do attitude of Princess Petra, regardless of the challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to share it with my grandchildren, who are avid readers. The illustrations were adorable. What a great read for a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t hurt that Sir Princess Petra has a great one. A delightful story, it chronicles the adventures of a young princess become knight in shining armour. It’s everything you would want in a book: cute, funny, and with great messages. The adorable illustrations will serve as your companions as you eagerly flip the pages. Robinson was honored with two major awards for the first work in the children's book series, Sir Princess Petra. She was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Award for Children's Book Author and took 2nd place in the Purple Dragonfly Book awards for Children's Chapter Book. Despite not being the book’s target audience in regards to age, I thoroughly enjoyed Sir Princess Petra and know many others will as well. This book is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers Favorite Diane Mae Robinson delivers a very interesting and spell-binding book in "Sir Princess Petra." This story is about a young princess named Petra and her desires within the kingdom. She goes before the king and queen, who happen to be her parents, and puts a very strange request for her birthday. She asks to become a royal knight as this has been the desire of her heart and according to the decree, she could have whatever she wished for on her birthday. Her father and mother are shaken at the request but upon asking the councilman about what was stated in the rule book, they find that indeed a girl can become a knight as there isn't any rule against it. However, the sly king decides that in order to become a knight within his kingdom Petra must perform one of three acts of bravery from his royal list. These include: "To capture a crocodile and make his skin into a royal leather chair; to hush that howling, nasty dragon, Snarls, in the Forest of Doom; or to eat a roomful of raw onions.” When given these three choices she quickly eliminates two of them. The first one she cannot do as the crocodile is her friend and she can't do the third one as she cannot stand the thought of eating all of those onions, so she chose the second option. Soon Petra visits the howling dragon and finds that he is caught in a landslide of rock. She helps to remove his tail from this awful weight and now he is set free. She soon invites him to her birthday party besides making him one of her great friends. I enjoyed the story and artwork within this book and look forward to more books by Diane Mae Robinson.I enjoyed the positive upbeat attitude of Petra and how she sought after her heart's desire. This is a book of courage for every young boy or girl to not give up on their dreams and press on unhindered.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite Princess Petra will have her royal birthday the ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year. It is the royal custom that Petra will get whatever her heart desires. Imagine the King and Queen's surprise when she announces that she shall be a knight! There are only three ways a subject can become a knight...catch an alligator and make it into a chair, eat a roomful of onions or quiet the dragon in the forest whose wailing keeps the royals awake at night. Princess Petra convinces them all that she has what it takes, proudly displaying her armor and pink plumed helmet as she goes about her quests. Sir Princess Petra is one headstrong girl. The King and Queen have their hands full! I knew this was going to be a fun little book when I saw the map. It made me smile, giggle and study the land so that I would understand the adventure. Each of the chapters has fun story lines and flows smoothly. The illustrations are fantastic, true to the story and drawing the imagination towards the words on the page. I feel as if I knew this little girl had the capability and the will to reach her goal. This is a great book for elementary schools and public libraries. I would highly recommend this for gifts, regardless of the time of year. I am glad that I have read the story and become acquainted with the character Sir Princess Petra!
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers Favorite "Sir Princess Petra" is a cute story for elementary school girls that will entertain them to no end. It is a well-presented and written book that will delight kids and their parents. "Sir Princess Petra" has nice drawings that will help your brain enjoy the tale more fully. I enjoyed the story and the fine work done by the author. This book is part of a new well-crafted series to collect and read with your children. Petra is a princess and her father is going to grant her a wish. She thinks and thinks until she finds her perfect desire. Petra would like to become a trusted and brave knight. Her parents try to persuade her to change her mind, but she does not. Even the book of rules can’t stop her from becoming the first princess knight in their kingdom. So, she goes on her quest alone, armed with a knife and a sack of onions. Her armor is made of pots and pans, because nothing in the royal armory fits her. Yet, she is brave and bold even after the hawks, bees, and dragons try to chase her back home. No, not even the crocodile can divert her from her path to knighthood. The 'Pen Pieyu Adventures', of which "Sir Princess Petra" is one of the books, will provide hours of good, clean reading for your elementary school children. It is well-conceived and nicely written for their age level. I would recommend it for elementary school children, their teachers and parents alike. Well done.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite Princess Petra has her ninth birthday on the ninth day of the ninth month and asks her father, the King, for her birthday present. Petra's birthday wish is to be made a royal knight on her birthday. Her father says that she must choose an act of bravery from the royal list of deeds. He offers her a choice of three deeds: capture a crocodile and turn his skin into a royal chair; hush the howling dragon, Snarls; or eat a roomful of raw onions. Princess Petra has seen the palace soldiers eating onions and crying as they do so, and the crocodile is her friend, so it appears to Petra that she must choose to silence the howling dragon, Snarls. With a suit of armor made up of the royal chef's best pots and pans and a sword that looks like one of the royal cake knives, Princess Petra goes on her quest. Petra encounters a hawk that makes off with her helmet and a wild boar that gallops off with her sword, but she finally reaches Snarls who is howling. His tail is pinned beneath a pile of rocks, but can Petra set him free? "Princess Petra" is a delightful and well-written children’s story of a Princess who goes off on a quest and encounters and overcomes obstacles on her way to knighthood. Pen and ink illustrations help tell Princess Petra's tale. Petra, Snarls, Bograt the Bog Witch, and all this story's characters really help convey the story's message of bravery and cleverness. Upper elementary school-age readers will recall Cornelia Funke's tale, “Princess Knight", as they read this story of a young royal princess who wants to be a knight and doesn't give up no matter what.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers Favorite According to royal custom, on Princess Petra’s royal birthday, she may have anything her heart desires, and the thing Princess Petra wants most is to be a royal knight. Her father tells her that in order to be a royal knight one must be big and brave and mean and nasty. But since these qualities are not mentioned in the royal rulebook, the king grants the birthday girl a chance to become a knight by choosing an act of bravery from the royal list of deeds. Princess Petra chooses to hush the howling, nasty dragon in the Forest of Doom. And so, Princess Petra’s quest begins. Along the way, this feisty, friendly princess finds a few new friends and many uses for onions. Yes, onions. "Sir Princess Petra" is a delightful story for children aged 4-8. Ms. Robinson has created a fun and entertaining story that also teaches children the importance of kindness, courage, remaining true to yourself, and following your dreams no matter the obstacles that get in your way. Her characters are lovable, even those whom we first believe to be mean and nasty, for Ms. Robinson helps us to understand the source of their crankiness. The story’s pencil sketches are adorable and take young readers right into Princess Petra’s world. I have heard that "Sir Princess Petra" is book one in a series; I believe Ms. Robinson’s readers will be thrilled to join Princess Petra on her quest to become a royal knight, and in all her future adventures!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite "Sir Princess Petra" by Diane Mae Robinson is a fun fairy tale for 4th to 6th graders and I am sure they will love it. The heroine, Petra, is a feisty young lady who is constantly driving her poor father to check the official royal rulebook since she pushes things to the limits. She surprises everyone by qualifying to become a Knight and in the process making friends with the frightening dragon Snarl. She also bests the pizza-faced witch and Nastybun and his puny knights and stops the howling dragon from howling without resorting to her sword. Onions and saucepans and other unusual implements play a key role in her victories, just one of the many humorous touches in this extremely likeable book. Another sweet part is where the witch has forgotten how to say the word 'please'. Although it is a fairy tale, there is substance to the story. At its heart is an unconventional heroine who constantly has to face up to the rules that everyone else accepts blindly. Petra does things her way and with panache. But she is scared at times and this is well-portrayed. Petra accepts her limitations, like the rules, but works either within or around them. There is a strong sense of right and wrong and fairness in the book, which is quite a pleasant change. Too often parents are unreasonable and stupid in children's books, but here the king and queen allow their daughter the freedom to go and try and fight a dragon, and, since the rules permit it, eventually allow her to have Snarl as her royal steed. Pen Pieyu isn't a bad place to live at all! This is a bright and breezy book, buoyed up by its humor and general pleasantness. Lovely illustrations too.
IanSRutter More than 1 year ago
Never judge a book by its cover. What a wonderful story. You don't get many books that can teach qualities such as, respect, friendship and trust. This book does that simply by showing through a lovely story. Any child will love this. It's funny, innocent, charming and has some great pencil drawings to help the reader or listener to visualise what is happening. The author has a great gift at story telling, without telling you how or what you should do to learn the skills that the the story teaches. The main character of the book, Petra, shows you what to do when she is placed in certain situations which require her to use her head and not her makeshift sword. We can all learn something from this story. If you have a child or have children, I encourage you to get a copy of this book and read it to them. I hope there are many more Petra adventures in the future. This book is next to my copy of Aesop's Fables.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son really loved this book and can't wait for book 2!