Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams

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9780142425107: Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams

This lively chapter book combines the classic fun of a princess story with a modern sensibility and humor

Princess Emma is not your typical princess. She doesn't like pink, can't dance, and just can't seem to fit into the Royal Princess Academy mold. Other princesses are excited about the upcoming All-School Princess Contest, but secretly all Emma dreams of is being a dragon rider. When news breaks that dragons in the kingdom are falling ill, Emma resolves to solve the mystery, despite her family's urging to leave such problems to the Royal Council.

With her best friend Rapunzel and some unexpected help, not to mention some very un-princess-like maneuvers, Emma just might manage to save her beloved dragons, and possibly even the whole kingdom.

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About the Author:

Laura Rennert was an English professor before becoming a literary agent. She is also the author of the picture book Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur. Laura, her husband Barry, and their daughter Emma (the inspiration for Royal Princess Academy) live in northern California with a pet Chihuahua named Lola.

Melanie Florian left her first career as a teacher of young children to attend art school. Now a full-time illustrator, she has been published internationally. She lives in France.

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Emma is “not your typical princess.” She doesn’t like pink, she is not competent at princessy activities like sleeping lightly, and she would rather play soccer than dance. But since she was born into a royal family, she is stuck with the system as it is, and tries to do her best at the Royal Princess Academy, where she is a first-year student. The book could have been divided into two; in the first half, Emma is competing in the All-School Princess Contest, and in the second half, she is investigating why the kingdom’s dragons are losing their sparkle and becoming ill. Rennert plays with several standard fairy-tale tropes, and while she doesn’t turn them on their heads, she does attempt to present a character who learns to value her talents. The book, with Florian’s fun cartoonlike black-and-white art throughout, is unlikely to appeal to readers not already invested in princess stories, but fans of the genre will enjoy Emma as she tackles (sometimes literally) royal behavior. Grades 1-3. --Kara Dean

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