FICTION

Reading Beauty

Chronicle. Sept. 2019. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452171296.
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PreS-Gr 2–Once upon a planetoid, Lex, a princess, loved to read until the day her books disappear. She learns that a fairy cursed her when she was born, and when she turns 15, she will get a paper cut that will put her in a deadly sleep. To save her books, Lex and her dog, Prince, go on an adventure to find the fairy who cursed her. The reason the fairy was angry soon comes to light, and Lex helps her fix her problem. This modern retake on “Sleeping Beauty” is an interstellar fairy tale that is vibrantly illustrated and fun to read-aloud. The rhyming text keeps the story lighthearted and lively. Lex is a brown-skinned protagonist and she and her Prince seem to jump off the page. The story shares a positive message about reading, helping others, and redemption.
VERDICT A great one-on-one read for caregivers, and perfect for group sharing in a library or classroom setting.

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