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 Evil princess vs. the brave knight (Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight)
 Author: Holm, Jennifer L.

 Publisher:  Random House (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [35] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 460044 ISBN: 9781524771348
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Siblings -- Fiction
 Princesses -- Fiction
 Knights and knighthood -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn't much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems?

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Holm, Matthew
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 503744

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/19)
   School Library Journal (08/01/19)
   Booklist (06/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/07/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2019 In this domestic take on a medieval castle, two siblings exemplify their titles of “Evil Princess” and “Brave Knight.” He, with sword and armor, protects the castle, while she, in cape and crown, actively spites him. After the Evil Princess trips the Brave Knight as he patrols the corridors, the Magic Mirror—a clever parental stand-in—sends them both to their rooms. A truce is called, and the rivals join forces on a quest. They find a damsel (their cat) in need of rescuing (asleep above a filled-to-the-brim bathtub), and true to form, the princess shoves the knight into the tub, but he pulls her in with him. When the Magic Mirror demands an explanation, the two finally set aside their differences: “The cat did it!” With a picture-book debut destined for storytimes across the land, the award-winning Holms (Sunny Side Up, 2015) play up the fun side of familial rivalry. The friendly battle will ring true to anyone with a playmate sibling, and young listeners will delight in the hilarious back and forth.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This first foray into picture books by the best-selling, award-winning sibling duo is sure to draw interest. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—Siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (co-creators of the Babymouse, Squish, and "My First Comics" series), offer here a fairy tale–tinged look at sibling rivalry. The Evil Princess and the Brave Knight don't get along. When the princess not-so-accidentally trips her brother, she's not sorry, and the magic mirror (the parent figure here), begs the two to get along. The plan works out a little too well, and the royal siblings create a huge, fun mess, leading to yet more blame and a chance for the princess to pull her tripping trick all over again. VERDICT This enjoyable tale, well-illustrated with bright pencil and watercolor cartoonlike illustrations of the siblings getting into mischief, will be a hit where parents need to make quarreling kids see the funny side of their battles. For an unusual storytime, follow up a reading of this book by having the children play the puzzle game Royal Rescue. —Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, New York, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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