Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Princess Petra's Talent (Book 2 in the Sir Princess Petra- The Pen Pieyu Adventures series) by Diane Robinson (Review & Giveaway)


About the book: Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a king and noble knight.  This, however, does not please the king and queen – they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers!  But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra reluctantly, agrees to go.  But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be? (back of book)

I was given the opportunity to read this wonderful little book before the actual release date of September 24.  It is the second in this particular series.  The first book was “Sir Princess Petra” and describes exactly how and why Petra wanted to become a noble knight.  A great little book to read and probably should be read before “Sir Princess Petra’s Talent” so you can understand some of the characters and who and what and why.
Now, back to my review of “Sir Princess Petra’s Talent”.  This is absolutely one of the silliest books I’ve read, but oh what FUN!!  The author has created such an imaginative story of magical characters.  The King and Queen (aka Mom and Dad) want Princess Petra to be a proper princess and not the tomboy Knight that Petra is.  And so the King (aka Dad) believes that if he writes a new law forcing all knights to go to Talent School that this will change Petra because certainly she will want to learn how to knit or cook.  Petra’s adventure along the way and the creatures she meets along the way are delightful.  The adventure doesn’t end once Petra and her friends arrive at Talent School, but continue after they have attended school and received their talent certificate.  I won’t spoil the story and tell you what Petra’s talent was.  You’ll have to read the book, but reading the book is not a waste of your time.  While I don’t know that any child who reads the story may get the underlying theme of the book, which is basically you can achieve dreams and goals with hard work, I do believe they will enjoy the book because it is just plain silly and a lot of fun.  It reminds me of how many children make up stories and use their imagination! 

“Sir Princess Petra’s Talent” is a great little book and is targeted toward readers who are 3rd grade and higher.  It is short book and can easily be read in one day by children.  (Rev. P.Howard)

GIVEAWAY: One of our readers will win a copy of both book 1 and book 2 in the Princess Petra stories. Use the Rafflecopter form below.  Begins October 1 and ENDS October 21 ! 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to mainland US & Canadian addresses only.
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Author and artist: Diane Mae Robinson lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author's next book. Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature. The author also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children.  Find her at http://www.dragonsbook.com

DISCLOSURE: A review copy was provided to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.Giveaway copies provided directly by the author.

18 comments:

  1. This young lady loves princesses, but she has enough rebellion in her just to do her own thing which gets her into trouble. She is a precious child. I'm disabled because of a medical error and she faithfully prays for me. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. She lived in a town with only 1 small library and visited twice per week until she read every children's book in it and then pestered the librarian to get more. With interlibrary loan now, I will never run out of children's books from the library and really that should never happen to any child.

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    1. It is wonderful to have public libraries and books readily available for children. I personally recall a "not-so-friendly" encounter at the public library when growing up. Even today with access so liberal for children, there are areas and small, small towns with no library access. Although I personally don't care for ebooks, I can see this as a wonderful resource for those areas that can't get printed books to read at stores or libraries. The only problem there, though, is if a family is restricted financially from purchasing a ebook reader and purchasing the books for it, then they have a problem even getting books that way.

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  3. A lovely review Vera. We thought this was delightful too and can see children chortling along with Petra and her motley crew all the way. Thanks again for joining us on the Kid Lit blog Hop

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  4. I can see a little bit of Petra in a certain girl I know. My daughter : )

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  5. Great review Vera - we also are big fans of Petra in our household! Good luck to everyone in the giveaway! Tweeting...

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  6. Thank you Vera, for the great review and for participating in my blog tour. I appreciate it. And thank you to those who took time to stop by and read the review.
    Diane R.

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  7. I think that these books would be fun for my son as he's recently become interested in the "princess" toy commericals on tv lol! :-)

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  8. I think that it's interesting that Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut.

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  9. Darlene Jones-NelsonOctober 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    My son loves to read silly books and has a great imagination.

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  10. My daughter would love these. It is about being a princess and then some.

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  11. My cousin Elianna would love to read this series because it is all about being a princess.

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  12. I think it's neat that the author has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal, and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut.

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  13. My granddaughters would love these because they love princesses
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  14. I love that the author is also the artist
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  15. I learned that like me, she lives in Alberta. :)

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  16. I think my friend's daughter would love these as they would help inspire her imagination

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