Once Upon a Marigold
By Terreece Clarke,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Delightfully offbeat fairytale full of surprises.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The hero, Christian, throws the occasional tantrum when he is young and there is some fighting, however the majority of characters display positive behavior. The evil queen lives up to her name, but all negative actions receive the proper punishment.
Violence & Scariness
Innocent people are dragged off to the dungeons. People are frequently banished from the kingdom. A man is punched by a giant. A woman plots to kill two people either through an accident or poison. There is mention of hunting animals for food.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Typical fairytale romance with several weddings.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown drinking wine, typical for the time in which the story took place.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this book has some classic fairytale situations including romance and an evil queen. There is talk of love, marriage, adoption, and murder by poison.
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What's the Story?
Christian and Edric the troll's paths cross one day when Christian runs away from his uptight family. Determined never to go back, Christian makes Edric and his two dogs, Beezlebub and Hecate, his family. They live a good life until Christian falls in love with Princess Marigold and decides that he should see more of the world -- the world around Marigold's castle. When Christian discovers a plot against Marigold and her father, he enlists his family to help break out of prison, prevent Marigold's arranged marriage, foil Queen Olympia's murderous plot, reunite several families, and reveal his true and forgotten identity. Oh, and learn about Princess Marigold's curse, whew!
Is It Any Good?
Quirky characters, fun and unusual elements, and surprising plot twists make ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD a must read for tweens. Jean Ferris has created magic in this fun-spun fairytale. There's royalty and weddings, fashion and trolls, plots and action, a geography-challenged tooth fairy, and inventions, p-mails, triplets, crystals, and a sick ficus.
Ferris' plot may be more tangled than the tooth fairy's maps (which is why she's always lost), but it all comes together wonderfully in the end. And while part of it is predictable -- it's a fairytale after all -- the details of the conclusion are anything but. Kids and parents will love the modern twists and delight in the details Ferris uses to richly embroider this tale.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what it means to be a family. Do you need to be related to be a family? In what ways does Edric act like a parent toward Christian? Do you know someone that has a non-traditional family?
- Author: Jean Ferris
- Genre: Fairy Tale
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harcourt
- Publication date: June 1, 2004
- Number of pages: 272
- Award: ALA Best and Notable Books
- Last updated: June 23, 2015
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