Sir Princess Petra's Mission (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #3)

Sir Princess Petra's Mission (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #3)

by Diane Mae Robinson


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Sir Princess Petra has already attained her knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like talent certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father and mother, the king and queen.

The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn her into a real princess once and for all.

Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?

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ISBN-13: 9781681870724
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: The Pen Pieyu Adventures , #3
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.22(d)

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Sir Princess Petra's Mission (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
Children’s books are more than just fun stories on paper. More often than not they are designed to teach the readers a skill or lesson that will serve them as they grow older and interact more with the world. The key is to make the lesson seem so natural in the story that it gets absorbed without much notice. Diane Mae Robinson does this with Sir Princess Petra’s Mission. The book is the third in a series and the very beginning gives a synopsis of the two prior installments. This is exceptionally beneficial for those who are coming into the tale so far behind. In our story we find Petra, the Princess Knight, who has been given a mission by her not-to-pleased father. As is the case with many books where young women strive to be outside the ‘ordinary’, Petra’s father is displeased at the fact she is a knight. He charges her with a mission that he desperately hopes she will fail in an attempt to conform her to his views. The language is very fun and easy to read. There are several pictures throughout the story which give a great addition to the words. It is always fun for readers to have an idea of what the author intended when they describe something and this is a welcomed bonus for young readers who are possibly reading for pleasure for the first time. The text is simple enough for children yet interesting enough for adults to actually be engaged with what they are reading with or to their children. Petra is a strong female character who has a desire to live her life the way she wants. Much to the chagrin of her father this means being a knight and going on knightly adventures. This means no pink frilly dresses and no classes on how to faint properly. The story of the young girl going against expectations has been around for quite some time, but Petra truly needs no saving by anyone. She is not a trapped princess who needs help getting out of the tower or the princess who tries to fight a dragon but needs help from a male. Petra takes every task head-on and does her best to deliver results with her own hands. Even when she is faced with a difficult question or situation, she does her very best to think about what the right answer in her heart would be. It’s truly sad that Petra’s father can’t be excited for his daughter and proud of everything she has done for the kingdom. How many princesses subdue a snarling dragon, only to become allies with them? Not many, even in the realm of children’s books. Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is no different in that her father hands out an impossible task, yet when she does her best to achieve her mission and strives to straighten out some incorrect information on the way, her father’s response is less than delightful. Robinson weaves a wonderful tale of adventure and excitement that any boy or girl could love. With an underlying message that doesn’t scream from within the pages all readers, adults too, are sure to come away with the desire to emulate Petra’s wonderful tenacity; even if only for a while.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Our favorite female knight, Sir Princess Petra is back on another mission! Her father, King Longstride, is determined to make Petra fail at a mission so she will not be a Princess Knight anymore, and just a Princess. This time, Petra has only two days to venture into the unexplored land of the of the Boogy Gobees, and capture the first car-panther she finds. If she does not find one in two days’ time, her knighthood will be relinquished! What I Thought- I really enjoy this series! Ms. Robinson recaps the previous two books with a small chapter to sum up each book. Petra is a great main character who children can learn positive traits from – her parents the King and Queen want her to be a girly princess, but she wants to be a knight. In fact, through hard work and determination, she became a knight in Book 1. Yet her parent’s won’t except her for who she is, and Petra keeps persevering to be the best knight that she can be. Petra is also kind and willing to talk through problems. Ms. Robinson has black and white pictures put around the book, and they add a good amount to the book. I like the silliness of the world that Pen Pieyu resides in. This is a really nice book. It is a short story, good for reading on a rainy day. It’s a perfect balance of adventure and great message. Boys and girls will both love the book. NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
MamiTales More than 1 year ago
As in previous books, this one opens with the King, Petra's father, trying to device yet another strategy to withdraw Petra's knighthood and make a "real princess" of her. This time the mission is to go find a Car-panther... whatever that mythological and scary creature might be. In the company of her noble fiery steed, Snarls the Dragon, and Bograt, a Bog Witch, Petra heads for this mission with all the bravery of the knight she has become. Using a fun grammatical device for a mix up, this scary adventure turns out to be a great trip into a magical world of elves. I also love all the little details and fun things that the series has, for example, the most horrific punishment in the Pen Pieyu Kingdom is to be put in a frilly dress. *Shudder* I read all three books very fast. The humor, the imagination and the story are very fresh and unique. I gave the series in order to my 7 year-old daughter who read them all in three days. I had a couple of misgivings with things like food-fights in the stories, but my daughter thought they were hilarious. I'm so getting old! In any case, I would recommend this series to any young child who loves fantasy and humor, as well as alternative to bend the gender rules of the genre
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Sir Princess Petra's Mission was an eccentric and decent read, however, it didn't quite contribute anything in particular to the freewheeling-unconventional-feminist scheme of things. More than anything, the story was erratic and inconsistent to me. It didn't manage to hold my daughter's attention and it raised more questions about the plotting choices than we would have liked. I'm going to try to get my daughter to read books one and two to see if this might help her appreciate the story, but to be frank, well, the book was just okay. NOTE: We received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review, it was not required of us to give a positive review, but to solely express our honest thoughts and opinions of this book, which we have done. ___________________________________ The main aspect I appreciated most of Sir Princess Petra's Mission was the author’s approach in depicting a princess who did not pounce around in fluffy dresses, but rather clothed herself in audacious knights clothing. What’s more, I truly admired how the author did not reject femininity despite Petra’s unconventional behavior. She’s not brusque, violent or unruly; on the contrary, she harbors a selfless heart and strides with a sense of pride and honor. What I mean to say is the story is not one of those, “You have to be and/or act like a male to be strong and brave” types of books. Again, my main quibbles with the book were with the jarring plotline and with the sense of disconnect. Not only that, but I fear the fast-paced storytelling was what hindered the descriptive richness and characterization which is key to keeping readers hooked. To be fair, I did not read books one and two; thus, the author’s writing style, Petra’s back storyline, and the world, in general, was foreign to me which in turn made the story, forgettable. All things said I don’t think I was the right reader for this book, but I am certain that young readers (little girls in particular) who have a keen interest in princesses who break rules and have a dragon as a pet will more than likely find this to be a great read.
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
Sir Princess Petra has been given a mission. According to a new rule her father, the King, has written, she must make a journey to far away land and capture the fabled Car-Panther and bring one back to the kingdom in two days. Should she fail her knighthood and that of her fellow knight Sir Bograt Bog Witch will be forfeit. Hilariousness ensues as Petra and Snarls journey through the lands of Mesoggie and to the mysterious Kingdom of Boogy Gobees in search of a creature that is rumored to eat dragons and can make the entire Puny Army pale in fear. Once again Petra and her friends find themselves on the funny side of misunderstandings, realizing that one can’t simply jump to conclusions with facts and because the truth of something can be quite different than the rumor. We meet more friends, including carpenters that don’t build with wood. Petra will have to make the decision to complete her mission or do the honorable thing. I do wish Petra would stop being so understanding about the interruptions to her missions, just once frilly dresses would be a suitable punishment.:) Once again this a terrifically written story with lots of witty dialogue and fun characters. I am certain that kids and their parents will enjoy this book. It is nice to see a princess that can be a role model.
DeborahOwen More than 1 year ago
Parents and children alike will thank Diane Mae Robinson for this delightful tale of a tomboy princess who insists on being a Knight. Ms. Robinson’s wit and skilled art makes this an entertaining read, even for adults. While Petra’s father, the King, keeps rewriting the Royal Rule book in an effort to de-Knight her, Princess Petra rises to meet every challenge. In this book, she must capture an elusive car-panther in an unexplored forest. Do car-panthers even exist? Princess Petra, Snarls the dragon and Bograt the witch intend to find out. What if car-panthers are friendly? Would Petra capture a friend? She faces each problem with courage and arrives at a bold decision that will make every boy and girl proud to be a Princess Petra follower. PP is a great role model. Creative Writing Institute rates this book 5 stars! A must read for 7-10 year olds.
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review. I had read the second book in the Pen Pieyu Adventures, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent, and enjoyed reading about Sir Princess Petra’s adventures so I was happy to read Sir Princess Petra’s Mission to see what other adventures she would find. At the beginning of the book, a synopsis of the first two books is given so even if you don’t read them, you’ll still know what is going on. This time, her father sends her on a mission and if she fails, she’ll lose her knighthood. She sets out with her friends and, of course, they have a great adventure. Diane Mae Robinson does a great job describing the characters as well as the scenery. There are also colorful pictures but her descriptions will encourage children to use their imaginations. Sir Princess Petra is a character that children can look up to. She does what she is ordered to do because she is a knight, but she won’t give up her honor. She knows what is right and she will stick to it even if it’s going to mean that she’ll lose her knighthood. Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is a fun book for children to read or it would be a good book to read aloud. I think it and the other Pen Pieyu Adventures are stories children will enjoy reading over and over.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite If you have a young reader who is reading beginner novels and loves an adventure, please consider Sir Princess Petra’s Mission by Diane Mae Robinson. This imaginative book is the third in a series; the author includes synopses of Book 1 and Book 2. Sir Princess Petra is a strong-willed princess who lives in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu. She has already achieved the status of knighthood, much to her parents’ chagrin. The King wrote a new rule in his royal rule book – Petra must go to the Kingdom of Boogy Gobees to capture a car-panther, in order to preserve her knighthood. Snarls, her dragon, and Bograt, the bog witch, join her on this frightening adventure. They have never traveled to this kingdom previously, and they have no idea what a car-panther is. This fantasy tale is complete with interesting characters, delightful dialogue and important life lessons for children. Petra demonstrates the importance of goals, but she also sets aside her personal goal of retaining her knighthood, rather than bringing danger to the car-panthers. The car-panthers value trees and do not use wood in their buildings, but Snarls adds his special talents to save their castle. While Petra supports the car-panthers’ different views, she challenges her parents’ beliefs in a respectful manner. Diane Mae Robinson is able to interweave such substantive values with fun and lightheartedness in her novel, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission. In the last section of the book, Ms. Robinson informs parents that her next endeavor will be teaching grammar to children – that promises to be an innovative approach!
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Sir Princess Petra's Mission is a children’s book by author Diane Mae Robinson, and the third book in The Pen Pieyu Adventures. The unconventional heroine of this delightful book is Sir Princess Petra, a young lady who has attained her knighthood despite her parents’ wishes for her to be a proper, pretty princess, essentially purposeless outside of this role. Petra defies her parents yet again by getting around the royal rule book and enjoying expressing who she really is. Snarls the dragon and Bograt the bog witch accompany Petra on this journey, where it soon becomes apparent that the King may have set Petra an impossible task, one which risks her knighthood if she is unable to complete it: the capture of the illusive car-panther. It is always wonderful to read a story where gender rules are flouted and unlikely heroes come to the fore. Sir Princess Petra's Mission presents Petra as a rousing heroine whose liking for typically masculine adventures does not inhibit her own femininity. Her story is told with light hearted humour, excitement and highly readable action sequences, accompanied by vivid characters who leap off the pages. The synopses of books one and two are very useful for catching up on Petra’s previous adventures, and the illustrations bring the characters to life even more. Diane Mae Robinson has created an engaging tale in which both children and adults will find value, filled with happiness, friendship and individuality, plus a few dragons and swamps for good measure. Highly recommended to adventurous young readers everywhere.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a lovely and fun adventure story for children, Sir Princess Petra's Mission: Book Three of The Pen Pieyu Adventures by author Diane Mae Robinson, readers are again treated to a story in the life of the brave Princess Petra. This little girl has already attained her knighthood for her acts of bravery and her talents. Her parents, the king and queen, are none too pleased with her knighthood, and her father devises more rules to keep her from further adventures. Her parents are determined to turn Petra into a "real" princess, and are willing to do just about anything to make that happen. Will they succeed and will Sir Princess Petra have to give up her adventures? Or will the king and queen come to realize the importance of letting their daughter be who she wants to be? You'll have to read the book to find out! I very much enjoyed Sir Princess Petra's Mission. Author Diane Mae Robinson has done a wonderful job in creating a fun, energetic and adventurous female character that her readers will love reading about. I appreciated her underlying message that girls should be able to do what they wish, and not follow gender stereotypical roles. Yet that message is not pounded into the reader's head; it just comes naturally with the story-telling arc. This story is well paced for a child reader, and parents will certainly enjoy the positive messages of the book. I highly recommend Sir Princess Petra's Mission, and look forward to reading more from author Diane Mae Robinson in the very near future!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite The third sequel to Diane Mae Robinson's The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Sir Princess Petra's Mission resumes when Petra and her friends, Snarls and Bograt, showcase their new talents after returning from a second mission abroad in accordance with another of her capricious father's rules. Now, her father, the King, has instated yet another rule in the royal rule book: she must capture and deliver the fabled car-panther or her knighthood will be revoked, with the same fate to be dealt to her friends. To complete the mission successfully and retain her knighthood, she must dauntlessly travel into the uncharted land of the Boogy Gobees. Along Princess Petra's journey, she learns of the misunderstandings that can easily arise between cultures, and to accept those practices and beliefs that may differ from hers. Above all, Robinson's Petra sets an admirable example for girls to break free from the rules which society may impose on them and become whoever they want to be. If children are searching for a story with a headstrong female character and a light-hearted humorous tale full of adventure, Diane Mae Robinson's Sir Princess Petra's Mission is the answer. With Sir Princess Petra's quirky sidekicks, Snarls and Bograt, young readers learn the lesson of the importance of teamwork. Besides Petra's friends' snappy, comedic commentary is Robinson's satirical use of names and situations that resemble a Dickensian world geared for children. The book's fast pace whisks the reader immediately away into a highly imaginative and fanciful land of medieval-esque creatures and characters. Furthermore, Sir Princess Petra encourages children, specifically girls, that gender-prescribed roles are meant to be broken and that obstacles can always be overcome in order to achieve one's dream.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Sir Princess Petra's Mission: The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Book 3 is an epic fantasy and adventure novel for children written by Diane Mae Robinson and illustrated by Michael Bermundo. When Princess Petra is summoned to the royal throne room to appear before her father, the King, she quickly got the idea that the newly enlarged Royal Rule Book and the grin on her father’s face meant she had trouble. Indeed, there was a new royal seal-of-approval mission that she must complete under pain of losing not only her knighthood, but that of Bograt, the bog witch who had been knighted after an earlier royal mission. She is, at least, able to wrest a legal concession from her father on the part of the order that mandates that she travel unaccompanied to the hitherto unexplored land of the Boogy Gobees by citing a previous sealed rule that a knight’s steed and any other knights of the realm would accompany a questing knight on any mission. So, accompanied by Bograt and her dragon friend and steed, Snarls, Sir Petra sets out for unknown parts to capture and bring back a car-panther. Diane Mae Robinson’s epic fantasy and adventure tale for children, Sir Princess Petra's Mission, is the third book in this original and highly acclaimed series about a princess who’d really rather be a knight. However, readers new to the series will find enough background information in the accompanying synopses of Books One and Two to enable them to enjoy this book on its own. I’d be somewhat surprised, however, if those new readers don’t find themselves planning to read the previous books after finishing this one. Sir Princess Petra is a brilliant role model for both girls and boys who may feel somewhat out of the mainstream with their goals, attitudes and ambitions, and she fulfills that function marvelously. Robinson’s series is also a perfect introduction to epic fantasy for children that is never patronizing and always filled with the imagination, action and adventure that make epic fantasy work so well. Michael Bermundo’s illustrations bring Petra and Snarls to life so well. I loved seeing the variety of expressions on both their faces in the illustrations presented throughout the book. Sir Princess Petra's Mission: The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Book 3 is most highly recommended.
Advicesbooks More than 1 year ago
This is a tale, or rather, a fairy tale, about courage, dignity, honesty and self-esteem. This is also a story for children and parents who want to learn how better to grow up their children. I am discussing about Sir Princess Petra’s Mission , the third book by awarded Canadian author Diane Mae Robinson. This work is included in the series titled The Pen Pieyu Adventures. The plot of this new story keeps the same high levels of the previous ones, even though here it is enriched with quirky and amazing twists that make the fairy tale much more gripping and fun. The background is very similar because the main character of the tale is always little princess Petra, who, unlike what her father wants, desires to become a brave royal knight instead of a girl princess. In order to deter his daughter to undertake the career as a knight of the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu, the king writes silly rules on the royal book that an aspiring knight must perform to gain just the title of royal knight. This time, the rule is really silly because she, alone, should capture a car-panther in the unventured land of the Boogy Gobees. Although the contrary opinion of her father, the princess does the mission together with her steed, Snarl the dragon, and her friend Bograt, the bog witch. From this stage, the fairy tale takes a very fun and compelling twist capable to conquer any kind of reader. From a side, there is Snarl, the dragon that, fearing of being eaten by a car-panther, loses the skill to emit fire streams from the mouth, from another side, there are the new friends Petra finds in the ominous and mysterious land of the Boogy Gobees. But it is just from the weakness of the dragon that the author builds a very compelling story with several turns of events that have also an underlying meaning, namely: never lose courage. “ Believe in yourself” is the chant Petra sings to encourage her friend to spit streams of fire and Believe in yourself is the message that the author turns to those parents who fear to not be good parents. At last, thanks to an amazing capacity to twist the plot, the author conveys another important message, namely that honour and courage are worth more than a mission to become a knight. Furthermore, some stages of the book are superbly hilarious such as, for instance, the startled king who slips out of the throne and the always silent queen who faints before saying a word. In the story, the real winner is, seemingly, the princess, but in reality they are the real ethical values of life. Especially in this troubled modern world and thanks to literary works like this, children can learn about courage, honesty, dignity and true friendship. But, above all, on the basis of the plot, children can learn about the importance of equality between males and females, men and women and among all people. The princess, indeed, does not want only to be a princess, but also a girl with a brain and a talent and a more engaging role. This book is, hence, a very educational work to fight imposed rules and roles, prejudices and useless competition. The plot is also seasoned with proper images that describe the several chapters and with a vibrant writing style that, once again, confirms Diane Mae Robinson as the best author of children’s fairy tales .
CLMurphy More than 1 year ago
The author’s word play will delight both young and old readers in book 3 of this charming series. Silly new rules send Sir Princess Petra on a mission, accompanied by her entourage. Snarls continues as her loyal dragon BFF and their antics will without a doubt entertain. The Kingdom of Pen Pieyu’s princess gains pride from doing what is right and noble and wins the day while teaching a moral lesson. Fun, full page, black and white illustrations are included in each chapter and help early readers picture the action.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Sir Princess Petra's Mission (The Pen Pieyu Adventures) by Diane Mae Robinson is a light-hearted fantasy adventure tale for children. This is the third book in the Pen Pieyu Adventures series however the author provides a short informative synopsis of the first two books so that if you have not read them you can easily catch up. In Sir Princess Petra's Mission her dad, the king sends her off on a mission which will test her and challenge her to make tough decisions. The Pen Pieyu Adventures contains a kingdom of quirky characters and we revisit some of them in Petra’s Mission. I love that the book has lessons for young girls about self-confidence, friendships, and loyalty. This chapter book contains charming full page black and white illustrations with each chapter. I recommend all the books in the series - Sir Princess Petra and Sir Princess Petra's Talent. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
WayneClark More than 1 year ago
5 stars out of five Sir Princess Petra’s Mission by Diane Mae Robinson Diane Mae Robinson’s third entry in the Sir Princess Petra series of award-winning chapter books for children rises to the same lovely level of delightfully imaginative storytelling as its predecessors.  This time Sir Princess Petra, the king’s daughter who refuses to be confined to girlie pursuits, must confront yet another seemingly impossible challenge. The challenge was designed by her father with the express purpose of relieving her of her ungirlie knighthood. Because she outwitted him before, he has rewritten the royal rule book, which a knight of the realm must adhere to or lose the knighthood.  Sir Princess Petra is charged with “venturing into the unventured land” of the Boogy Gobees to capture the first car-panther she encounters and deliver it to the Kingdom. Armed with only a cake knife and onions, the Princess bravely sets off with her best friend, Snarls the dragon, and Bograt, the bog witch. The pursuit sends them desperately splish-splashing their way through bogs and swamps and a spine-tingling forest of tree soldiers.  The conundrum of apprehending and delivering a non-existent car-panther is eventually resolved. What saves the day, and Princess Petra’s knighthood, is her appeal to the best of human nature, unselfishness and faith that doing the right thing will lead to a good end, values that are abundant in the previous books.  Also abundant in all three books is fun, wonderful, silly fun. The book is delightful.
Splatland More than 1 year ago
A SHEER DELIGHT!!!! This was my first venture into the magical kingdom of Pen Pieyu and, I can assure you, it won't be my last! Thank you, Diane Mae Robinson for creating this quirky, wonderful world and for providing the reader with a brief synopsis of the previous adventures of Sir Princess Petra and her entourage of engaging friends. This was a really fun read and in Sir Princess Petra, Ms. Robinson has created a marvelous role model for young girls. In this adventure, Sir Princess Petra must again outwit her father who, in his desire to curtail her unprincess-like behavior, has rewritten the "Royal Rule Book" with the intention of stripping her of her knighthood and returning her to more feminine pursuits. Needless to say, this does not deter our brave Princess. Along with her best friends, Snarls the dragon, and Bograt, the bog witch, Petra sets off on a quest to capture a car-panther (a creature no one knows anything about). I think my favorite encounter that the young Princess Knight has along the way is with Prince Norton Nastybun and the puny army from Kingdom Mesoggie. This episode had me in stitches throughout. This is a truly engaging read for children and parents alike and I can tell you I await with great anticipation Ms. Robinson's next offering which will be entitled GRAMMAR FOR KIDS AND DRAGONS. If there's anyone who can make grammar fun, I think it will be Ms. Robinson! This series has won many awards and they are well deserved. Enter the kingdom of Pen Pieyu and I know you will not be disappointed. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
GRgenius More than 1 year ago
Now, being that this is a series, one might wonder if you have to read the preceding books to be "in the know". In this case, totally unnecessary (but still recommended for the sheer enjoyment of it all!) because the author has taken care of you with a brief overview of both preceding adventures at the beginning of this installment. It was great to see the familiar faces of Petra, Bograt, Snarls, and both of the royal Longstride's again, though the latter is still confoundedly set in making Petra into the princess they want her to be instead of embracing her uniqueness to its full potential. I love how Petra is not afraid to be who she really is and calls her parents out on their shenanigans time and again. Next up, Snarls! Yes, that lovable dragon with a heart of gold is back and though he may not be able to spit fire on command but he's working on it; in the mean time, he's utilizing his other many talents. Bograt is...well, Bograt. Here and there, onion chomping and wave surfing, not much gets her down and the secrets she keeps are too many to number; good thing she's on our side, right? All in all, a wonderful adventure through the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu with a spunky group that I'd call friends any day of the week. They each march to their own drummer, leaving an impression you won't soon forget, but that' part of their charm. It reminds us that we can do anything we want to do, be anything we want to long as we choose our words carefully. ^-^ Recommended read for Children's Fiction fans of all ages. ***review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be seen on my site***