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Do you like retelling of fairy-tales? Gail Carson Levine is the author for you. She is witty, and pokes fun at fairy-tales all the while making you love the story even more.“What a hideous baby, the fairy Arabella thought. She said, “my gift to Sonora is beauty.” She touched the baby’s yellow squooshed-up face with her wand.” – Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson LevineJust by the first page, you can grasp the humor Levine puts in her words. Her use of run-on sentences leaves you o...
A lovely, short, and delightful Sleeping Beauty retelling. :)
I really liked the characterization of Sonora and Christopher and how Sonora made plans to use her curse to her advantage. I enjoyed the small vignettes to show the passage of time and hearing about the decay during the one hundred year sleep.
Gail Carson Levine is the best at taking a fairy tale and twisting it into something a little different, a little smart, and definitely funny. Her main characters are always strong, likeable characters (even if they are a bit quirky).This is the third book in The Princess Tales series, based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The plot is basically the same. An angry fairy curses princess Sonora, saying she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Thankfully there is another fairy who modifies...
Oh DEAR. I hated this with a passion. The plot was a perfectly good idea and I do like subverted fairytales. But if you are going to have a princess given the gift of superior intelligence it is a good idea to have that intelligence on show - not cod folk remedies and aphorisms that MAKE NO SENSE. It made Princess Sonora completely unlikeable, a terrible thing in a fairy-tale heroine and the Prince who rescued her an idiot.
The life lesson I learned from this is:don't be a know-it-all.
Short and adorable. Recommended.
Super fun -- not fractured fairytales, but improved!
I first read The Princess Tales Collection when I was about nine--one of the first books in English I ever read. I absolutely loved them. Gail Carson Levine became one of my favorite authors. I recently reread them, ten years later, and they are still as poignant and sweet and funny as ever. This one, Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, is my personal favorite. I loved when the fairy Adrianna made Sonora so smart and I laughed so much at the stupid Prince Melvin. I liked how Levine never makes h...
It was cool reading about a baby who was gifted will Brilliance (ten times smarter than everyone else) because as a baby she could talk and she never had to sleep. I wonder what it would be like to never have to sleep and to be able to talk and do everything a average adult could at 1 month old. Kind of cool. I of course liked how (since it was a fairy tale) the prince and the princess were perfect for eachother. He wanted to know everything and had so many question, she could answer all those q...
A tongue-in-the-cheek retelling of the famous fairy story, which was enjoyable and certainly a fun read for children.
Cute, but nothing amazing!
The logic of this story escapes me. I suppose I should have listened to the audiobook more closely, but I was tired. I may revisit this review at a later time.Note: This audiobook is offered free for listening through Audible during this time of the virus crisis. I assume it is available only for a short time. You can find these audiobooks at Audible Stories.The basic idea behind the story is that "Sleeping Beauty" decides that she will choose her own time to get pricked by the needle. Then she
Talk about two people made for each other! Christopher and Sonara are a match made in heaven! I am sure somewhere Prince Christopher is asking question after question and Princess Sonara is happily giving him the answers!I have been a nanny for ten years now and just thought some of this was just so comical!Imagine a baby who can talk at only six months, would read a book while being changed, could use a knife and fork to eat, and would apologize for having to be burped!I just laughed and laughe...
Princess Sonora knows but don't ask her. She's 10 times smarter than anyone else, but no one wants to hear what she knows. This is a cute and humorous retelling of the Sleeping Beauty legend. I particularly liked the Prince's reaction as he entered the castle, remarking on how filthy and decrepit everything was. Will he kiss the Princess even though she is covered with spiderwebs and other icky stuff? I found this on my bookshelf as I was weeding and moving my books around. I'd forgotten I had i...
*Spoiler Alert*I first read this book when I was 6 or 7. I fell in love with it as well as the others Levine wrote. It made me so happy to come back and reread this so many years later! Princess Sonora is the smartest girl in the world and has no one to listen to her facts. Prince Christopher doesn't have anyone to answer his questions. The couple is beyond perfect. I intend to read this book as well as the others like it to my future children.
Short (~1 hr 30 mins audio) and enjoyable. Not groundbreaking, but fun and farcical. I think I would've really enjoyed this has I been younger, but it was still an entertaining listen.(My only criticism was pretty minor: for someone meant to be 10x as brilliant as anyone else the princess often made up a completely illogical reason for things being the way they are. I think it was a stylistic choice that was meant to be funny, but it just didn't really make sense)
If you asked me to name my favorite author in middle school, I'm not sure I could have done it, but Gail Carson Levine would definitely be up there (She's practically the Queen of the fairy tale retelling). For some reason though, I never actually read her "Princess Tales" so I picked this up somewhat randomly over the weekend. Did it take me approximately 20 minutes to read or less? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. Long live Queen Gail.
I read this book because it was recommended in a women’s empowerment book I’m reading, but I didn’t personally find this remake of Sleeping Beauty to be that different from the original. Sleeping Beauty (Sonora) was more modern and flippant, but (spoiler alert) still got woken up by a kiss from a prince, and still married him. So as far as I’m concerned, no difference. There are better modified fairy tales out there!
An interesting take on Sleeping Beauty. I appreciate that the princess in this story is not only beautiful, but smart. I also like that when the prince finds her asleep she is not a sleeping beauty. Instead, he almost didn't kiss her because she was gross and covered with dust and cobwebs, as would happen if someone slept for 100 years.
I liked how the hundred year long sleep was quite realistic with the dust, crumbling castle, clothes turned to rags, etc.... It just irked me how Sonora was covered with dust and cobwebs before Prince Christopher kissed her. The fairies could have ~covered~ her at least.Anyway lovely retelling of Sleeping Beauty but I did notice the lack of dragons which I was kind of looking forward to xD
Currently free at Audible StoriesListening Time : 1 hour 28 minutesWell narrated and humorous retelling of Sleeping Beauty.(view spoiler)[ Even the creepy almost-necrophiliac kiss is well-explained. (hide spoiler)]
One of L's read-alouds. She enjoyed it, though some of the humor went over her head. I didn't find this to be one of Levine's better books, but I appreciated the attempt at making the fairy tale new.
A VERY short story. I did like this princess but mostly felt sad for her through most of it. Then I was back in when we met her prince. Quite cute. My favorite joke was the Roman numerals associated with the kulornian nobles — King Stanley CXLIV, for example. I did lol at that
Love Gail’s stories
I loved this book as a kid and upon reread, I love it just as much now as I did then!
Sleeping Beauty is my all time favorite, so having a retelling that's slightly different was fun. I really enjoyed this one and how they changed up her stereotypical gifts.
A retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Interesting and amusing.
4 starsLoved these books as a kid
see now this is an actual deconstruction