The Runaway Princess

Random/Graphic. Jan. 2020. 272p. Tr $20.99. ISBN 9780593124161; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780593118405.
Gr 3-5–Princess Robin loves adventure, and adventure loves her! Whether narrowly escaping danger in dark labyrinths, breaking bewitching spells, outwitting pumpkin minions, or standing up to a dreaded pirate, Robin, accompanied by her friends, is an inquisitive, optimistic, and doggedly determined heroine. However, though the princess’s willful walk into the unknown and her penchant for evading imminent danger are appealing, the book’s real charm lies with the book’s interactive element. Broken into three connected yet distinct tales, the narrative appeals directly to the reader to help Robin maneuver the kingdom or save her friends. These cleverly-placed invitations not only keep readers focused on the action but help drive it as well. The buoyant cartoons, which rely on a gorgeous palette of warm and cool colors to complement the bold red of the princess, effectively capture Robin’s journeys.
VERDICT For fans of fantasy, adventure, or graphic novels.

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