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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY wishes to...Sir Princess Petra!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place to be to feed your need to read no matter how big, small, or somewhere in between it may be.

Today, my fair readers, we are celebrating the BOOK BIRTHDAY of the third addition to The Pen Pieyu Adventures starring none other than, Sir Princess Petra.  Sound the trumpets!  Roll out the red carpet!  Herald her arrival with flash and boom!  This is a princess that challenges the entire whole of princess-hood with a smile on her face, a pink feather in her knightly helmet, and all while sitting astride her chosen "stead" named Snarls...who just so happens to be a dragon.  Have I got your attention yet?  I thought so.  Without further ado, here is today's book of choice...

Diane Mae Robinson
Illustrated by
Michael Bermundo
Tate Publishing

About the book...
Sir Princess Petra has already attained her Knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like Talent Certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father, the king.

 The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent and turn her into a real princess once and for all.

 Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?

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I remember my first adventure through the pages with Petra, oh excuse me...SIR Princess Petra. ^-^  It was magical, mystical, illustrated and wordy fun with every turn of the page AND phrase.  I actually started with book two as part of a blog tour and enjoyed it so much that I then sought out book one to enjoy on my own (which apparently I forgot to review once upon a time...oops!).  When I saw the review request in my INBOX for book three, I immediately responded with an enthusiastic YES as I knew it was not to be missed.  I mentally walked down memory lane and then looked back at ye olde blog to read through the first post only to realize, it was THREE years ago that the adventure had taken place.  Wow.  THREE years.  It seems like a lifetime considering the books we devour on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis, but the good ones stick with you, you know...and this was definitely one of the good ones.

Kingdom of Pen Pieyu

Now, being that this is a series, one might wonder if you have to read the preceding books to be "in the know".  In this case, totally unnecessary (but still recommended for the sheer enjoyment of it all!) because the author has taken care of you with a brief overview of both preceding adventures at the beginning of this installment.  Bookmarks up to the author for that nifty inclusion!  After removing the cobwebs from the past, I dove in feet first (as all good divers should) and discovered Sir Princess Petra and friends waiting for me within the pages as if I had never left, eagerly anticipating their next adventure.  Thanks to the King that wait will be short lived and if he has anything to say about it, so will Sir Princess Petra's stint as a knight...a very un-princess-like pastime in his opinion.  With her mission in mind, she and her somewhat merry band of friends set forth seeking to capture the illusive car-panther...but what they find is beyond their wildest dreams.

It was great to see the familiar faces of Petra, Bograt, Snarls, and both of the royal Longstride's again, though the latter is still confoundedly set in making Petra into the princess they want her to be instead of embracing her uniqueness to its full potential.  *grr*  I love how Petra is not afraid to be who she really is and calls her parents out on their shenanigans time and again.  That's right King Longstride.  Just because you make a rule doesn't mean it will stick if not grammatically sound.  He he he.  For any of you that have been visiting here for some time, you know that I love word play and am a stickler for word usage/sentence structure so the wordy fun encountered here is right up my alley making Petra an instant literary bestie.  Next up, Snarls!  Yes, that lovable dragon with a heart of gold is back and though he may not be able to spit fire on command but he's working on it; in the mean time, he's utilizing his other many talents.  Bograt is...well, Bograt.  Here and there, onion chomping and wave surfing, not much gets her down and the secrets she keeps are too many to number; good thing she's on our side, right?

Sir Princess Petra

All in all, a wonderful adventure through the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu with a spunky group that I'd call friends any day of the week.  They each march to their own drummer, leaving an impression you won't soon forget, but that' part of their charm.  It reminds us that we can do anything we want to do, be anything we want to long as we choose our words carefully.  ^-^  Recommended read for Children's Fiction fans of all ages.


About the author...


Diane lives in a small hilltop castle in central Alberta, Canada amongst an old and magical forest inhabited by gnomes, fairies, a princess, and a dragon. This magical forest is where Diane creates her characters and gets the inspiration for her stories.

The author has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal, and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute, and a children’s book editor.


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Special thanks to author Diane Mae Robinson for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY today via Tate Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Don't forget to stop by the "for kids" page over at the official site for a little who's who, and coloring fun!

Until next time...happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Oh how I enjoy characters that break all or at least most (Princess Petra still has a PINK feather) stereotypes. I do like the sound of this series.

All About Children's Books said...

Hello Insatiable Reader. You really do write the most lovely reviews. I'm so glad you enjoyed Petra's, and the gang's, newest adventure.They really do get into some strange situations, which, of course, I have no control over as I'm just the writer and they are a fairly bossy bunch when it comes to what I'm allowed to write. Geez. I really appreciate your thorough and fun review. Thank you so much! :)
P.S. Snarls says you're cute.

Cathy L Murphy said...

We, too, are charmed by this series and its spunky characters. Great review.

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