The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess

Volume 1, Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms

Book - 2015
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Princess Mabelrose may not be the fairest of the land, but she has enough brains and bravery to fend for herself in a fantasy world of danger and adventure! From a mighty dragon with an army of trolls to a tyrant tiger king, Mabelrose meets each challenge with pluck and intelligence, winning the help and friendship of the many kindred spirits she encounters in her quest to find her way home. The Courageous Princess is a winning, child-friendly adventure suitable for ages 10 and up. Dark Horse will be presenting Volumes Two and Three later in 2015.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR :, Dark Horse Books,, [2015]
Edition: Third edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781616557225
Characteristics: 245 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 cm


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forbesrachel Jun 20, 2015

Little bits of popular fairytales like Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and Cinderella come together to form the world of the Hundred Kingdoms. When a prince-killing dragon takes the kind and brave Princess Mabelrose captive, she decides to save herself. Her initial rush to freedom is made possible by the magical items she steals, but the dragon pursues her. With some help from new friends, and kind strangers, she does her best to elude this greedy tyrant while making her way home. On the other side of the Hundred Kingdoms are her parents; the King sets out to find her, while the Queen manages the kingdom. Even in times of danger, the book gives off an "it will be alright" and, "we can do it" feel. Princess Mabelrose helps others whenever she can, and in return she receives their goodwill. In general, the story and art are quite cheerful, which is helped by the pleasant colours, and it promotes positive aspects like friendship, independence, and kindness. Mabelrose makes a great role model, but she is also someone that girls can relate to. She has the body-type of a healthy, active young girl, instead of the idealized, frail-looking body that most princesses have, she doesn't sit around sewing all day, she usually wants to play, yet she also shows some maturity. This is already such a wonderful character, and yet it is only the beginning of her adventures so we can look forward to seeing how she grows.

Jan 12, 2011

The story of a princess who decides to rescue herself. Great for all ages.

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