I found this wonderful twist on a princess story at the bookstore yesterday and had to buy it for myself and my little princesses at home.
It’s written by D.J. MacHale, author of books for young adults. He is most well-known for his Pendragon series. MacHale is also a writer, director, and producers of several shows including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Monster Princess is his first children’s picture book. Alexandra Boiger brings this story to life with her enchanting illustrations.
Deep in a cave
there’s a story,
of a sweet little monster
with very big dreams.
She wished she was pretty.
She wished she could dance.
She wished to be special…
and this was
(from the inside front flap)
Lala is a gnome who lives under a tree near a castle where three little princess live. One day she takes a chance and meets the three princesses. She is invited to a fancy ball just to be teased and embarrassed by the princesses. But when the princesses run into big trouble, it’s Lala who comes to their rescue. The princesses learn to appreciate Lala for who she really is, but more importantly Lala learns a valuable lesson about being yourself.
I really love this book. And I think you will too. Enjoy!
Updated News: I gave this book to my wild-haired grand daughter who loves all things princess and monster. We read it together. She was fascinated with the story and illustrations. She was sad when the princesses were mean to the monster and happy when the monster rescued the princesses. She assured me that she loves ‘grickle nuts’ too. But I think she was a little young for the moral of the story to be happy with who you are. She really wanted the monster to become a princess! Oh well for now, she is only three years old after all.