Review of While Princesses Sleep (Princess Book Set One – Four) by Emma Right

eBook Review Gal Book Review of While Princesses Sleep Book Series by Emma RightThis is a set of books about the adventures of two little princesses that are geared toward young girls. Twelve year old Elle and her ten year old sister Belle live in Chadwick Castle. They’re looked after by their governess, Madame Lovella and their respective ladies-in-waiting. The stories are told in first person, past tense, which I greatly appreciated.

Book One begins with a mystery that the two princesses must solve. Elle has overheard a commotion in the castle and she’s worried about her mother the Queen. Elle had only caught snippets of conversation, but what she’s heard causes her enough distress to devise a plan that might just get her and her sister in trouble…or worse.

Renoir’s classic paintings accompany the text in Book One. They add a charming and appropriately Victorian feel to the books. The author has added a brief artist bio at the end of Book One. In fact, each book in the series is constructed in this manner. What a lovely way to introduce young children to art and artwork! In Book Two, Three and Four the mystery continues and features the works of Degas, William Paxton and Albrecht Durer. A crisis occurs in Book Four that is sure to keep youngsters in suspense.

Ms. Right has a wonderfully engaging style of writing. I loved that although the main characters are proper young princesses they still bicker like all sisters and get into trouble like ordinary little girls. This certainly makes Belle and Elle easily relatable to young readers.

The princess stories are absolutely charming and should appeal to even the very young child. Parents and grandparents can read to little ones and older children should have no problem reading these books alone. These are wholesome, timeless tales for families to share together!

 

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

FROM THE AUTHOR:

Looking for award-winning books for your kids that are fun and exciting? Imaginative stories that will offer complex characters and thought-provoking plots? Stories that are high in moral values and give kids something to think about long after reading them?

If you said yes to any of the questions above, I am writing books for your child. My stories for (YA) young adults, (15-18), Middle Graders (11-15) and Elementary readers (which you could also do as a read-aloud for the younger readers and discuss the pictures and choices the characters make) deal with:

Responsibility
Friendship
Perseverance
Importance of Choices
Moral living
Family values

Within each of my stories, most of these themes are present. Open up a dialogue with your child about them as you read the books with them. You can read more about me and my books on my website

Review of Chaperones by Megan Karasch

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I was excited to begin reading Chaperones because it centered around one of my favorite things – photography – but I soon found it was much more than that. Chaperones is about love, relationships, growing up and finding oneself.

Andrea is a sheltered, over-parented twenty-six year old young woman who lives in Los Angeles and is at a relationship crossroad with her boyfriend, Brandon. She’s offered the assignment of a lifetime – the opportunity to tour England while photographing castles, cathedrals and other spectacular English landmarks. Thinking she’s embarking on this journey alone, Andrea is more than a little surprised when she’s told she’ll have two chaperones – Rob and Harry – joining her.  Through a series of mishaps, missteps, disasters and personal revelations, Andrea finally begins to mature and grow.

I initially had some difficulty connecting with the main character, Andrea. As a former twenty-six year and now the parent of a twenty-six year old, I had a bit of trouble believing that someone could be that sheltered – especially someone who lives in Los Angeles. Andrea’s fears of practically everything became tiresome quickly to everyone around her (including me). And, the behavior of Andrea’s parents – George and Annie – bordered on psychotic at times (hiding in the bushes to make sure your tween makes it safely to the corner store?). This was helicopter parenting to the extreme. As I read the beginning I had a sense that the author did this as way to accentuate the character transformations that would probably be coming by the end of the book. And I was right, but that was alright because it worked.

The dialogue in Chaperones is witty, genuine and intelligent (although at times I had a bit of trouble believing that two people as pious and uptight as Andrea’s parents – and to some extent, Andrea herself – would use so many swear words). The interaction between characters (particularly after Andrea’s transformation) was insightful, lovely and charming. The descriptions of England and all its grand glory were detailed and described exceptionally well.

I eventually fell in love with Andrea’s character and found myself rooting for her romantic happiness. Megan Karasch has artfully taken a slightly irritating, overgrown child and turned her into a perceptive, confident, mature woman right before our eyes.

I would highly recommend Chaperones to readers who might enjoy a sweet and funny story about life, love and relationships (and who doesn’t?).  As a side note, this book gets major props for absolutely no typos! I look forward to Megan’s next work!

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