Baker, E. D. (2010). Wide-awake princess. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781599904870
Annotation: Annie’s fairy godmother gift is that no magic can touch her. After her older sister, Sleeping Beauty, pricks her finger and sends everyone in the castle into enchanted sleep, it’s up to Annie to find the solution.
Reaction: E.D. Baker has a pretty prolific series that is spun off from “The Frog Prince” (apparently, the first volume was the inspiration for the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog). I haven’t read any of those yet, but based on how quick and fun this one was, I might have to check it out. I actually don’t know why I didn’t pick up The Frog Princess from the library, as I’m pretty sure they had it on the shelf, and I had to request this one.
Anyways, the cover for this book is just delightful. It really sets the tone for the story; as the princess gazes out over a sleeping castle, the reader can see the adventure brimming in her eyes. This princess is full of spunk and ready to get out and see what the world has to offer. After everyone in the castle is asleep, she sets off to find her sister’s True Love, collecting as many princes as she can in the hopes that one of them can break the spell. Along the way, she meets many familiar fairy tale faces, wicked witches and enchanted princes, and she comes to realize that she wants more than magically beautiful, boring perfection.
This was a fast, fun read. I love all the other fairy tale characters Baker throws in the story, and I love Annie’s independence. She’s a great role model for young teen girls, and I do look forward to reading more of her adventures.