Title: Dealing with Dragons
Author: Patricia C. Wrede
Synopsis: Tired of traditional castle life, Princess Cimorene, a princess who will not be proper, runs away. She meets a dragon named Kazul and becomes her “Princess.” Soon, Cimorene will be dealing with a cheating dragon, a stone prince, and some very obnoxious wizards! If Cimorene ran away to find adventure, it looks like she’s found lots of it!
Why kids would like this book: This book is exciting and is very funny. It has a little bit of romance (in the other books, too), loads of action, and has many amazing and quirky characters that you’ll love.
Why adults would like this book: It is a fun twist on fairy tale life through the eyes of someone who wants nothing to do with it. I also enjoyed the author’s skill with blending the standard fairy tale writing style with the unexpected, such as “There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsey before a visiting prince to how loudly it was permissable to scream when being carried off by a giant.”
Miranda’s rating: 10 of 10. I cannot think of even one reason not to like this book!
Todd’s rating: 7 of 10. I found the middle of the book to lose momentum a little bit for my taste, but found it enjoyable overall.
Miranda’s favorite character: My favorite character is Kazul because she’s nice and always takes Cimorene’s side in things.
Todd’s favorite character: Cimorene for her no-nonsense, non-traditional approach to solving problems in a fairy tale kingdom.
Miranda’s favorite part of book: Probably when Cimorene first gets started on her duties as a dragon’s princess.
Todd’s favorite part of book: How Cimorene deals with the various princes who try to rescue her despite her not wanting to be rescued.
Miranda’s recommended age groups: 8+ because it isn’t that big of a book and I’m sure kids this age and up will love this book and the funny parts within.