Sir Princess Petra
by Diane Mae Robinson (Tate Publishing, Mustang, Oklahoma, 2011, 64 pages)
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Diane Robinson, who lives in a small hilltop castle near St. Paul, Alberta, in Canada, has written a whimsical children’s tale of a forest inhabited by gnomes, fairies, a princess, and a dragon; Sir Princess Petra. It is a tale that is sure to delight both adults and children alike. With the approach of her 9th birthday, Princess Petra wanted something that according to royal custom was for her to have anything that her heart desired. As jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games had become boring to her, she told her father, the King of Pieyu, King Longstride, that she wanted to be a royal Knight. Of course, this was uncommon for a girl to become a royal knight, but according to royal custom she was to have anything her heart desired. The King tried to dissuade his daughter by stating: “To become a Knight of my kingdom you must choose an act of bravery from the royal list of deeds,” proclaimed the king. “The choices are: to capture a crocodile and make his skin into a royal leather chair; to hush that howling, nasty dragon, Snarls, in the Forest of Doom; or to eat a roomful of raw onions.”
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Dennis Moore is a writer and book reviewer with the East County Magazine in San Diego and the book review editor for SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego. He is also one of the hosts of the “East County Magazine Live!” radio show for their book segment. Mr. Moore is also the author of a book about Chicago politics; “The City That Works: Power, Politics and Corruption in Chicago.” He can be contacted at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter at: @DennisMoore8.