“The trouble with most fairy tales
is that they sound the same.
There’s usually a problem
and a dragon who’s to blame.”
This book is just like most other fairy tales… but read it to see, just how things can differ when you allow them to take their due course, and not squeeze into the shape of things before them.
There’s nothing wrong with fairy tales, and stories that take shape the same way as those before them. However a break from the mould is good every now and then. Especially if it’s one that reinforces the idea that girls are just as capable of taking matters into their own hands as boys.
Everything about this book looks like something I would hate. I dislike the idea of a princess who spends her days preening herself or sewing little handkerchiefs waiting for a knight to sweep her off her feet. I hate the idea of needing a man to save you. This book is the most pink, ‘girly’ looking book on the shelf. Yet its the best, most fun feminist picture book I have ever come across.
The illustrations are awesome and the style of the knights, their differences and the way they reflected their personalties was perfect. I loved the final knight and how they went in with books and comfy clothes rather than swords and armour. I even loved the colours, because they felt magical.
This isn’t a story for girls. This is a story about a girl who takes matters into her own hands when it transpires that her father is willing to give her hand in marriage to whomever succeeds in slaying a dragon. Its a story about the fact that not everything meets the stereotype placed upon it, and how if you treat people how you want to be treated the results are much nicer. It is a story that reinforces the idea that a girl can be just as strong, brave and clever as boys are seen to be, and that they can be heroes too. An idea that should be reinforced in boys as much as girls if you ask me!
Its a brilliant tale and one that I will be sad to return to the library. I think it will stay with me for much longer than its return date!
Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights was published in February 2015 by Nosy Crow. My copy was borrowed from a local library.
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