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Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot, Book 1

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Uproarious princess adventure is clever, sarcastic, zany.

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BUCKLE AND SQUASH: THE PERILOUS PRINCESS PLOT both challenges readers' assumptions about princess books and spoofs the genre. It covers every aspect of a classic princess story with its tale of adventure, kidnapping, dragon-slaying, and rescue, while simultaneously pointing out the utter silliness of such tales every step of the way.

Author Sarah Courtauld's writing is so vivid, fresh, and self-conscious that there are just as many word jokes scattered about as there are clever twists and turns. And though there's no shortage of references to death and plagues, they're made with an absurdity and slapstick that never feels gruesome or violent, much less sad. Devoted readers of princess fare will find the genre elevated here, and newcomers to reading or the genre will find it difficult to match this level of writing and engagement.

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