"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

31 March 2014

Handbook for Dragon Slayers

Haskell, Merrie. Handbook for Dragon Slayers. HarperCollins, 2013. 

Tilda is a princess. Tilda also has a foot that is turned oddly, which makes it difficult for her to walk unaided and also causes her a fair amount of pain. When her cousin kidnaps her and plans to take over her family's kingdom, Tilda has to assume the role of hero and savior even though she has never ridden a horse or done anything remotely heroic in her life.

This book was really adorable. I love Tilda's character as well as her handmaiden and the apprentice who follows her around. I really enjoyed the fact that Tilda transformed into a dragon but chose to become human again (twisted foot and all) so that she could resume her duties as a princess.

Recommended for: middle grade, tweens
Red Flags: minor fantasy violence
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Read-alikes: Princess Ben, Dealing with Dragons, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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