Saturday, 29 March 2008


How to be a Princess Caitlin Matthews, illustrated by Bee Willey, Carlton, 2007, 28 pages, hardback, NZ$35.99 ISBN 1-84442-592-1

Some would-be princesses have gone about their careers in quite the wrong way.”

The good news is that Di and Fergie don’t rate a mention here. Instead Princess Petal offers would-be princesses good advice drawn from her own career (“From Princess to Goosegirl and Back Again”) and those of fairy-tale princesses. Encouraging readers to be polite, respectful and hospitable, this book also has tips on curtseying, testing princes, contacting a fairy godmother and Rapunzel’s advice on hair care. Cunning fold-out flaps, booklets, letters, stories and proclamations grace each page

Young readers of this book may not become princesses but they have an improved chance of growing up wise and gracious.

This review by Trevor Agnew first appeared in The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand on 7th June 2007.

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