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The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker

The Wide-Awake Princess (edition 2010)

by E. D. Baker

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Title:The Wide-Awake Princess
Authors:E. D. Baker
Info:New York : Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2010.
Collections:Read, Read but unowned, Cover maybe done
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Super cute mixture of a bunch of the better known fairytales. Could be read as a good stand alone. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
Super fun book for all you princess and fairy tale lovers. Annie is a princess without any magic. Her sister is sleeping beauty and she goes looking for princes to kiss her and break the spell. Along the way, she runs into many other fairy tales. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 30, 2014 |
A very clever retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the POV of her younger sister, who doesn't fall asleep after her older sibling pricks her finger on the spindle. Why? Because her overcautious parents, freaked out by the curse put on their firstborn, asked another fairy to ensure that their younger child would be resistant to magic.

This is a great premise, which E. D. Baker fleshes out nicely in this middle-grades book. Apparently, fairy-tale characters are only perpetually lovely and charming and talented because they've been enchanted. But because she has no such "gifts," Annie is not only ordinary in every way, her very presence disenchants those around her. At home, this makes for a lonely existence, since no one in her family wants her anywhere near them lest they start to look old or plain. But when Annie sets out on a quest to round up a bunch of princes to kiss her sister awake, her ability to resist spells and to see through magic facades proves to be her best asset.

Baker's story draws in and parodies lots of other recognizable fairy tales and tropes, so this is a fun read for grownups as well.

In places, the writing is a little stilted, and the ending seems very rushed to me. But overall, a fun, quick read! ( )
  rvhatha | Mar 7, 2014 |
The story did some unnecessary meandering, and the ending was a bit abrupt. But overall, it was a fun, sweet story that the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed. ( )
  TnTexas | Mar 31, 2013 |
Fun. I enjoy retellings of fairy tales, especially when they get more realistic. This one doesn't, quite - there's still the fairy story "nothing will happen because I'm the hero/princess" thing, where they go wandering blithely into what should be serious danger and then come wandering out. But Annie's protection against magic does help with that (and quite a few other things), a lot. I like Liam, too, though he should have admitted the truth earlier. Or at least hinted at it. The story is a whole mishmash of fairy tales - Sleeping Beauty as the frame, of course, but everything from Snow White and Rose Red to Hansel and Gretel to a kelpie attack...yeah. Lots. And the fairies are funny - even the human-sized ones are flutterheads (in varying degrees). I rather like Andreas, too - I hope he gets a good princess eventually. Several villains of various sorts and degrees, sneaky plots changing things in the background...Fun story. I think I'll probably read it again, in a few years when I've forgotten more of it. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Feb 27, 2013 |
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This book is dedicated to my fans, whose loyalty and enthusiasm has meant so much to me -- particularly the fans on my message board, those who send letters, and those who send their wonderful entries to my contests. It is also dedicated to my family, whose understanding about late dinners and a messy house enables me to keep writing.
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"WE CAN'T LET IT HAPPEN again," Queen Karolina said, dabbing at the tears that glistened in her deep blue eyes.
We can't let it happen again," Queen Karolina said, dabbing at the tears that glistened in her deep blue eyes.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159990487X, Hardcover)

In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.

But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.

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Annie, younger sister of the princess who would be known as Sleeping Beauty, is immune to magic and stays awake when the rest of the castle falls into an enchanted sleep, then sets out to find a way to break the spell.

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