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Archive for March 11th, 2016

Children’s Book / Picture Book

Date Published: April 1, 2015

Meet the incompetent dragon and the princess who doesn’t marry the prince! The princess is tired of rescuing princes, but agrees to go the aid of a prince who has been captured by a dragon. She finds that the dragon is required by the Department of Dragons Rules and Regulations to present her with three impossible tasks, which she does in her own way, in spite of the dragon’s complaints.

In this humorous departure from traditional “helpless princess” tales, the authoritative princess of color and the irritable dragon figure out how to work together to solve problems while finding each other annoying. In an unlikely partnership they deal first with the captured prince, then with issues of air pollution and a war, even though the princess is impatient and the dragon is not particularly competent.

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Marjorie Bayes

Marjorie Bayes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist. She has also been a faculty member at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the Smith College School for Social Work. Now retired and living in Denver, she enjoys theater and jazz music and writing stories and hanging out with her grandchildren. She is a member of the Gray Panthers.

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My Review

5 stars

We start the story with the princess working with her rose bushes when she is called to rescue another prince. But when she gets there, the dragon is not your typical dragon. He is trying to follow the rules from the Department of Dragons and the princess is not impressed. Of course the prince is rather spoiled and the princess doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. She also gets called to stop a polluting factory and to keep a town from fighting with the help of the dragon.

This is a great story that takes the standard fairy tales and turns them on their heads. I love how independent the princess is and how although she does not want to save another prince she still goes. She is very clever, I loved her results to the dragon’s challenges. And the dragon, not your typical dragon. He doesn’t like to roar, fly, or eat meat.

There are some beautiful illustrations to go along with this great story. This would make a perfect bedtime story series for girls. I really hope Marjorie is planning on writing other books with the princess and dragon in them.

To purchase The Princess and the Dragon make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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I received The Princess and the Dragon for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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