Fiction Fridays #10: The Tough Princess

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The Tough Princess: Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson (1986)

Once upon a time there lived a King and a Queen who weren’t very good at it.

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I found this book in a charity shop and fell in love with it instantly after a quick flick through. It’s an alternate fairytale by the team who created Owl Babies. Princess Rosamund is not what her parents expected. She’s a girl for a start. She also absolutely refuses to follow fairytale conventions, have a spell cast on her and be rescued by a prince. Off she goes to slay dragons and rescue princes, but none of them are good enough until… Well, you’ll just have to read the book!

I’m quite happy to read this to my two young daughters, but some people might prefer to leave it for older primary aged children – there is a lot of biffing and bashing, but sensible children (and most of them are) will understand this is a story. I think it’s fantastic, and is just the kind of fairytale I want my girls to have: “I’m not going to marry a ninny!” says Rosamund. Good for her.

I also have an extra soft spot for this book because Destructo-Girl’s real name is Rosamund, and it’s always nice to read a book with your name in it – although apparently not at two and a half: “Not Rosamund!” 😆

5 responses to “Fiction Fridays #10: The Tough Princess

  1. That sounds good! Owl Babies is a favourite here and no-one is adverse to a little biffing and bashing! I shall add it to the ever-growing list of your recommendations that I need to acquire. Thanks 🙂

  2. That sounds like a book I would have liked when I was younger or now even! I’m a sucker for buying books for the boys, there are some fabulous ones out nowadays xxx

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