I read The Wide-Awake Princess (Tales of the Wide-Awake Princess) by E.D. Baker immediately after reading Open Minds.
I had plenty of reading time over the weekend my parents visited, and I had read E.D. Baker’s The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess) in the past (and loved them), so I checked it out via my Overdrive media app.
I finished it in a day.
I started it early Saturday morning, and I didn’t stop reading until it was finished – I didn’t want to put it down!
A Quick Peek at the Plot
When Annie’s older sister Gwennie is cursed to be sleeping beauty, Annie’s parents took precautions by asking the fairy’s to bless Annie in such a way to avoid repeating the problem. So, when the fairy blessed Annie, she received the gift that all magic would have no effect on her – not even the good kind. She would have to get along on her “own natural charm.”
Annie’s gift was often considered a curse – her family, which had been blessed by fairies to be beautiful, avoided her because Annie’s gift would counteract theirs, leaving them with crooked teeth or freckles. But, when Gwennie pricked her finer on a spinning wheel, the whole castle fell asleep – except Annie. The only way to counter the curse was to find a prince who would kiss Gwen and break the spell.
Annie then has to travel from magical forest to magical forest, from kingdom to kingdom, looking for eligible princes to kiss her sister.
My Experience With the Book
I love it when writers can put a clever twist to old fairy tales so they feel fresh and fun. So, I couldn’t help but love E.D. Baker’s twist to Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretle, Snow White and Rose Red, the Frog Prince, Rapunzel, and many others.
The story was simple, but the adventures throughout the whole book were fun and easy to read, making it a great choice for younger readers who need something to read just before bed.
The characters were fun and original; though we don’t get too much detail about any of them (outside of Annie), their actions alone told plenty. E.D. Baker has mastered showing, not telling about, her characters. With just a few sentences, you get enough to know whether a person has a drinking habit or is spoiled or needs a bath.
I love the writing style, the setting, and the fun twist to old favorites, so I definitely look forward to reading the other books in the series.
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