Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror (Hardcover)
What makes a princess excellent?
Eager to learn the answer, an enchantress casts her magic mirror into our universe. Reflected in it are princesses from around the world and across centuries who refuse to be pretty, polite, and obedient.
Princess Leila of the desert protects her people from the king with the black-and-gold banner; Princess Tica takes a crocodile for a pet; Princess Ellen explores the high seas; Princess Abayome puts empathy and kindness above royal beauty; and in an apartment building, a girl named Princess saves her community’s beloved garden from the hands of urban developers.
These girls are fierce, brave, and determined to do the rescuing themselves. Connecting their stories is the magic mirror, which reveals itself when each girl needs it most, illuminating how a princess’s power comes not from her title or looks, but from her own inner strength. These beautifully imagined stories, complemented by vibrant and inviting artwork, are by turns charming and bold, familiar and surprising.
About the Author
Natasha Farrant has worked in children’s publishing for more than twenty years. She is the author of ten books for children and young adults, which have been described as “raucously funny” by the New York Times. She lives in London.
These tales are enchanting in both their realness and their whimsy.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Joyful retellings of time-honored fairy tales to inspire and challenge a new generation.
— Publishers Weekly
The writing is jaunty, and the lushly illustrated and decorated pages are full of movement, detail, and character.
— Horn Book Magazine
An enjoyable addition to a princess collection
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books