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Do you like retelling of fairy-tales? Gail Carson Levine is the author for you. She is witty, and pokes fun at fairy-tales all the while making you love the story even more.“What a hideous baby, the fairy Arabella thought. She said, “my gift to Sonora is beauty.” She touched the baby’s yellow squooshed-up face with her wand.” – Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson LevineJust by the first page, you can grasp the humor Levine puts in her words. Her use of run-on sentences leaves you o...
A lovely, short, and delightful Sleeping Beauty retelling. :)
I really liked the characterization of Sonora and Christopher and how Sonora made plans to use her curse to her advantage. I enjoyed the small vignettes to show the passage of time and hearing about the decay during the one hundred year sleep.
Gail Carson Levine is the best at taking a fairy tale and twisting it into something a little different, a little smart, and definitely funny. Her main characters are always strong, likeable characters (even if they are a bit quirky).This is the third book in The Princess Tales series, based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The plot is basically the same. An angry fairy curses princess Sonora, saying she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Thankfully there is another fairy who modifies...
The life lesson I learned from this is:don't be a know-it-all.
Short and adorable. Recommended.
Super fun -- not fractured fairytales, but improved!
I first read The Princess Tales Collection when I was about nine--one of the first books in English I ever read. I absolutely loved them. Gail Carson Levine became one of my favorite authors. I recently reread them, ten years later, and they are still as poignant and sweet and funny as ever. This one, Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, is my personal favorite. I loved when the fairy Adrianna made Sonora so smart and I laughed so much at the stupid Prince Melvin. I liked how Levine never makes h...
It was cool reading about a baby who was gifted will Brilliance (ten times smarter than everyone else) because as a baby she could talk and she never had to sleep. I wonder what it would be like to never have to sleep and to be able to talk and do everything a average adult could at 1 month old. Kind of cool. I of course liked how (since it was a fairy tale) the prince and the princess were perfect for eachother. He wanted to know everything and had so many question, she could answer all those q...
Oh DEAR. I hated this with a passion. The plot was a perfectly good idea and I do like subverted fairytales. But if you are going to have a princess given the gift of superior intelligence it is a good idea to have that intelligence on show - not cod folk remedies and aphorisms that MAKE NO SENSE. It made Princess Sonora completely unlikeable, a terrible thing in a fairy-tale heroine and the Prince who rescued her an idiot.
A tongue-in-the-cheek retelling of the famous fairy story, which was enjoyable and certainly a fun read for children.
The logic of this story escapes me. I suppose I should have listened to the audiobook more closely, but I was tired. I may revisit this review at a later time.Note: This audiobook is offered free for listening through Audible during this time of the virus crisis. I assume it is available only for a short time. You can find these audiobooks at Audible Stories.The basic idea behind the story is that "Sleeping Beauty" decides that she will choose her own time to get pricked by the needle. Then she
For a complete review, check out my Young Adult book blog:https://readsandroses.com/2017/10/16/...In Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, Sonora is a princess who has it all – beauty, brains, kindness – but what she doesn’t have is friendship. No one likes to spend time with the know-it-all princess. Sonora knows she is destined to prick her finger and sleep for a hundred years, but she is still surprised when it happens. Even more surprising is the prince who awakens her, curious about this bril...
Talk about two people made for each other! Christopher and Sonara are a match made in heaven! I am sure somewhere Prince Christopher is asking question after question and Princess Sonara is happily giving him the answers!I have been a nanny for ten years now and just thought some of this was just so comical!Imagine a baby who can talk at only six months, would read a book while being changed, could use a knife and fork to eat, and would apologize for having to be burped!I just laughed and laughe...
*Spoiler Alert*I first read this book when I was 6 or 7. I fell in love with it as well as the others Levine wrote. It made me so happy to come back and reread this so many years later! Princess Sonora is the smartest girl in the world and has no one to listen to her facts. Prince Christopher doesn't have anyone to answer his questions. The couple is beyond perfect. I intend to read this book as well as the others like it to my future children.
Short (~1 hr 30 mins audio) and enjoyable. Not groundbreaking, but fun and farcical. I think I would've really enjoyed this has I been younger, but it was still an entertaining listen.(My only criticism was pretty minor: for someone meant to be 10x as brilliant as anyone else the princess often made up a completely illogical reason for things being the way they are. I think it was a stylistic choice that was meant to be funny, but it just didn't really make sense)
An interesting take on Sleeping Beauty. I appreciate that the princess in this story is not only beautiful, but smart. I also like that when the prince finds her asleep she is not a sleeping beauty. Instead, he almost didn't kiss her because she was gross and covered with dust and cobwebs, as would happen if someone slept for 100 years.
I liked how the hundred year long sleep was quite realistic with the dust, crumbling castle, clothes turned to rags, etc.... It just irked me how Sonora was covered with dust and cobwebs before Prince Christopher kissed her. The fairies could have ~covered~ her at least.Anyway lovely retelling of Sleeping Beauty but I did notice the lack of dragons which I was kind of looking forward to xD
Currently free at Audible StoriesListening Time : 1 hour 28 minutesWell narrated and humorous retelling of Sleeping Beauty.(view spoiler)[ Even the creepy almost-necrophiliac kiss is well-explained. (hide spoiler)]
One of L's read-alouds. She enjoyed it, though some of the humor went over her head. I didn't find this to be one of Levine's better books, but I appreciated the attempt at making the fairy tale new.
Love Gail’s stories
Cute, but nothing amazing!
I liked how Sonora and (**SPOILER**) the prince she eventually marries (can't remember his name) fit together-- he loves asking questions, she knows all the answers!
I loved this book as a kid and upon reread, I love it just as much now as I did then!
Sleeping Beauty is my all time favorite, so having a retelling that's slightly different was fun. I really enjoyed this one and how they changed up her stereotypical gifts.
adding to goodreads for posterity, but not able to review.
This one captivates me the least. It's just a little boring, and I think it bother(ed) me that Sonora was outcast for being smart and asking questions!
Another refreshing and enhancing spin on a classic fairy tale. Here Levine tackles “Sleeping Beauty” and gives it a modern edge as the heroine is blessed with great intelligence, enough to plot to choose when she’ll sleep and who she’ll marry.
From my History of Children's Literature class: It is a short but dense book, simple to read, but complex in that there are many little story threads that all come together in the end. The story begins with a christening party for the baby princess Sonora, daughter of the King and Queen of Biddle. As is tradition in their world, the King and Queen commission beautiful place-settings for seven fairies, and invite them to the christening to bestow gifts on the princess. In a humorous twist of the
My first Gail Carson Levine book was, of course, Ella Enchanted. I received it when I was about 12 and read it all in one afternoon. It was magical, it was clever, it was fantastic, and I wanted more! Lucky for me, Gail Carson Levine also does these tasty morsels. Clocking in at 107, very small pages, The Princess Tales are little petit fours for when you can’t have the full cake. They all take place in the kingdom of Biddle and have, for the most part, ridiculous rulers (usually a King Humphrey...