The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld promises lots of laughs in its tagline and it very much lives up to that promise. The Perilous Princess Plot is a middle grade chapter book, but includes a whole lot of puns, footnotes about possibly time-traveling goats, and jokes that will definitely go over a young reader’s head at times. As an adult who likes to read silly middle grade fantasies in between the door-stopper epic fantasies, I absolutely loved The Perilous Princess Plot and can see it being fun for a parent to read with their child in the same way that Shrek is fun for parent and child for very different reasons ;-).
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Perilous Princess Plot from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld (Buckle and Squash #1)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 192 pages
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This is the story of two very different sisters--Eliza, who longs to ride into battle against villains and dragons, and Lavender, who would give anything to be a pampered princess. Before the end of the story both of them have had a chance to fulfill their dreams, though not quite in the way they intended...
Accompanied by their depressed goat, Gertrude, with their granny's warnings about the Black Death ringing in their ears, they head out into the forest and come face to face with an evil count who definitely does not have their best interests at heart.
- If you enjoy puns (that’s pretty much the peak of humor in my mind), you will love The Perilous Princess Plot. There are multiple puns per page sometimes!
- Both because of the puns and because of so many other moments of tongue-in-cheek humor, I was laughing pretty much the whole time I read The Perilous Princess Plot. It took me a moment to get the jokes sometimes because they were so delightfully subtle and played off of the illustrations, and you don’t often see subtle in middle grade humor.
- There are footnotes!!!!! Footnotes about potentially time-traveling goats!!!!!! I rest my case.
- The illustrations in The Perilous Princess Plot aren’t quite my favorite style, but they are cute. They definitely look like the cover to give you an idea.
- The Perilous Princess Plot does a great job at playing off of tropes typical in fantasy with the overly feminine girl pretending to be a princess and the semi-evil villain (though he really likes cake). I was nervous that the tropes would just sit there and be annoying, but they were wonderfully subverted and my feminism didn’t have to shake my cane at The Perilous Princess Plot :D.
- There are dragons! They are kind of scary, but not too scary, and mostly just entertaining. What else do you really need right?
- Apparently Courtauld lives in London and I could kind of tell that there was a European approach to children’s tales in The Perilous Princess Plot when a severed leg was shown in an illustration. Obviously this wasn’t a big deal for me, but I can see some parents getting really unhappy if their kid freaks out because of severed limbs in their book. So, proceed with caution and young readers who can handle a little bit of ickiness?
The Perilous Princess Plot is just too much fun for only kids to read! I had been in a crabby mood and I instantly felt better when I randomly started reading it. I ended up finishing The Perilous Princess Plot the same night I started it because it was quite short, but also because I really really didn’t want to stop reading and sleep (which is huge, I love sleep). If you like puns and light-hearted fun, The Perilous Princess Plot is a must read!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld
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