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Today I am honored to be a stop on the blog tour for Sir Princess Petra’s Talent($) by Diane Mae Robinson!
Before I get into giving you the details of this book and all that, I want to first say that I adore this cover! And the black and white illustrations inside the book are even better, I think. I just love them! Here are a few examples. Aren’t they gorgeous!!?
The illustrations capture so beautifully the indomitable spirit of Sir Princess Petra. And the characters she meets throughout the book are hilarious in prose, but the illustrations take them to another level altogether!
This is the second installment in the Pen Pieyu Adventures. In the first book, entitled simply Sir Princess Petra($), we met Princess Petra, whose unusual birthday request to become a knight sends the royal court into a frenzy. The king tries desperately to talk her out of it, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest, they can’t stop her. The synopsis given by the author of this book continues, “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?”
Book 2, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent, is summarized by the author as follows:
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
The author was kind enough to send me both books to read as part of this blog tour (because I am incapable of starting a series with book 2 – seriously incapable). They are early chapter books, fun and suitable for children ages six and up. They move very quickly and are quite short, so I think they’d be particularly suitable for reluctant readers. I also think boys would enjoy these books as Sir Princess Petra thinks and behaves in the way I imagine most boys wish girls would think and behave – kind, down-to-earth, adventurous, and never squeamish or manipulative.
Here is a quick bio on the author, Diane Mae Robinson as well as a few of the places you can find her online:
Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a tutor at the Creative Writing Institute. She also works full time at a dental office.
Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book.
When the author isn’t writing, she is reading, riding her horse, playing with her dogs, tending her enormous flower beds, or walking in her forest. The forest surrounding her house has been her biggest inspiration in writing fantasy children’s books. Diane walks amongst the giant trees and her imagination soars thinking of all the magical creatures that surely dwell there.
Website – http://www.dragonsbook.com/
Blog – http://dianemaerobinson.com/
You can find the whole blog tour schedule here. Have fun hopping around!