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The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool
 
 
Author
Margaret Gray. Randy Cecil, illus.
Publisher Henry Holt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780805068474
Pages/Publication Date 167/2002
Daedalus Item Code 30554
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(2003 Christopher Award Winner) "A very long time ago, when all the countries you've ever heard of were in different places on the map, a princess was born who was not beautiful. She wasn't even remotely pretty, and the whole kingdom was in deep shock about it." Princess Rose doesn't get any prettier as she grows up, but the kingdom does get over its shock, in this up-ended fairy tale for readers 7 to 10. Everyone adores the skinny, buck-toothed princess, and she doesn't mind her appearance—until the handsomest prince in the world comes looking for a bride. Despite warnings from her seafaring fairy godmother and a wise fool named Jasper, reckless Rose wishes for beauty, but when she gets her wish, and the prince, she finds neither is as nice as she had expected. Margaret Gray's first book is a hilarious look at expectations gone awry, with cartoon illustrations throughout.

"Gray gives a satiric twist to a tale full of traditional fairy-tale components—among them, a magic mirror, fairy godmothers, and a prince in search of a suitable match.... Rose and the other misfit in the castle, newly minted wise man Jasper, who is masquerading as a fool, stick together as Rose tries to become beautiful (courtesy of her fairy godmother) and Jasper attempts to bring true wisdom back to the kingdom. The happy, fitting ending satisfies, and young people who know Shrek! will welcome the similar send-up of preconceived notions. [Randy] Cecil's cartoony artwork fits the fun to a T."—Booklist

 
 
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