Falcon Storm’s middle grade book, The Persnickety Princess (Tales from Upon A. Time – Book 1) is a fun romp from a rogue storyteller about a girl who nearly misses out on her heart’s desire because she wants to orchestrate her love life by the book. I’m probably not the audience for this book, but it was cute and fun to read during lunch.
The lesson is clear, and the main character Lavender, is not very likeable despite her having only the one weakness of being persnickety. She is a control freak, always looking for something to complain about, and since her life is pretty near perfect, she isn’t much fun. While her motives are good, to screen potential suitors, she puts herself in needless real danger while only increasing her boredom and frustration—another, more important lesson.
Her sister, the unrepentant Petunia, has a lot more fun, and her advice to Lavender—to get dirty—turns out to be good. I liked the not-wicked-at-all Witch Natalie and her cat, Mr. Whiskers. I would like to have seen more of them in the story. This is a perfect example of why a main character needs to have some redeeming social value.
I do look forward to hearing more about the storyteller, Upon A. Time, who is the most interesting character, but I’d like to see some more adult story lines about his quest to get to the king with his “important information.” Good comedy should not be restricted to middle-grade kids, even if they are the prime audience. Ask Terry Pratchett and Tiffany Aching.
I received a free copy of this book for an unbiased review from NovelPublicity blog tours.
About the author: Falcon Storm
Falcon Storm was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, he has filled his life with stories of every sort, from his father’s hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, he became more interested in telling stories of his own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of him, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and his crazy, unrestrained imagination.
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