Parents' Guide to

The Princess Bride

By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fast-paced fun, but more intense than the movie.

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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+

The Princess Bride - Novel

Even though this site indicates there is no language in the book, that is incorrect. Page 282 of ISBN 978-0-15-603521-7 has the word 'shit' and page 236 has the word damn. Page 349 has SOB.
age 7+

Best book ever

i love it and my 6 year grandchild read and she loved it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (18 ):

Goldman's wild ride evokes virtually every emotion possible, and the plot moves so quickly in most parts that readers may need to remind themselves to breathe.

It's impossible to review THE PRINCESS BRIDE without comparing it to the popular film version of the edgy fairy tale. William Goldman wrote both the book and the screenplay, but the more detailed book includes darker, scarier situations.

Two standout differences in the book are Prince Humperdinck's Zoo of Death (where the brutish royal fights caged animals to the death and always wins), and further development of Fezzik and Inigo Montoya through poignant childhood flashbacks. The description of Humperdinck's "hobby" adds a touch of pure evil, and the flashbacks add so much to the story that you'll wish Miracle Max could magically add them to the next edition of the DVD.

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