The Princess Rules (The Princess Rules #1)

by Philippa Gregory (Author) Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)

The Princess Rules (The Princess Rules #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Princess Florizella may live in a classic fairy-tale world, but she's no ordinary princess...These three stories were originally published under the titles Princess Florizella, Princess Florizella and the Wolves and Princess Florizella and the Giant.  They were originally dedicated to her daughter but have been reimagined in this edition which she has dedicated to her grandchildren.

Princess Florizella was friends with some of the princesses who had studied the Princess Rules, and behaved just as the Rules said they should. Florizella thought their hair was lovely: so golden and so very long. And their clothes were nice: so richly embroidered. And their shoes were delightful: so tiny and handmade in silk. But their days bored her to death... Instead, Princess Florizella rides her horse, Jellybean, all over the kingdom, having adventures of her own...

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Kirkus Reviews

A hilarious, wacky spoof on fairy-tale conventions. 

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Three previously published "Princess Florizella" tales are grouped together in this delightful collection. Princess Florizella is not a typical princess. This quirky, confident tween rejects rules and loves her horse, adventure, and swordplay. She doesn't plan to marry, refuses to be rescued, and likes to take matters into her own (not-always-competent) hands. Readers are introduced to her in the first story, "Princess Florizella." Though the narrator follows the traditional fairy-tale form, the voice is decidedly wry, with witty asides that help subvert fairy-tale conventions. Florizella is sent to attend Prince Bennett's breakfast, where he will find a bride. She observes how other princesses neither eat nor express opinions as she tucks into a hearty breakfast and opines freely. When Bennett proposes, Florizella offers friendship instead, much to her parents' dismay. In "Florizella and the Wolves," the princess rescues a litter of baby wolves after their parents are killed by a hunter. She hides them in the castle but her behavior leads people to believe that she's turning into an animal. "Florizella and the Giant" showcases the protagonist taking initiative. Bypassing the adults, she vows to battle a giant who seems to be rampaging the countryside. Accompanied by Bennett, she sets out to do the deed right. Grey-toned spot art enlivens the text and adds humor. VERDICT These gently feminist fairy tales celebrate individuality, friendship, and partnership. A collection that belongs in all libraries serving youngsters.--Brenda Kahn, Tenakill M.S., Closter, NJ

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"These are enchanting, simply written stories that have lost none of their pertinence - and this timely new edition deserves to win Florizella another generation of admirers." — 5 star review in the Saturday Telegraph

"...perfect for newish readers who are gaining confidence and ready for a challenge" — The Times

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of many bestselling novels. Works that have been adapted for television and film include A Respectable Trade, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. Philippa founded the charity: Gardens for the Gambia over twenty years ago which has raised funds and paid for over 200 wells in the primary schools of this African country.

Philippa Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire.

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Guided Reading Level
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date
May 20, 2020
The Princess Rules
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV034000 - Juvenile Fiction | Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
JUV038000 - Juvenile Fiction | Short Stories
Library of Congress categories
Children's stories, English

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