Once Upon a Marigoldturns fairy tales on their heads with Christian, a commoner living in a cave with a troll, who watches the love of his life, Princess Marigold, through a telescope. Pigeon communication just won't be enough, though, when Christian finds out Queen Olympia is intending to get rid of her daughter.
This is one of the funnest, sweetest, not your average fairy tale-est books I've read ever. I laughed my way through this story stuffed full of fun characters and true love. While I love fairy tales to death, it is nice to have something come along which can alternately poke fun at them and be one itself. A perfect pick for a tween or younger teen, hoping for comedy and love all wrapped up together.
Love among the Walnutsby Jean Ferris (not for plot, but similar style obviously)
Ella Enchantedby Gail Carson Levine
Princess Academyby Shannon Hale
Overall rating: ****
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