12 April 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara (Callie Chronicles) by Daisy Piper

You ever finish a book and think “What fun!” as you put it down? Yeah, this book is like this. What fun, indeed. This is a great adventure children’s book for girls (and boys, perhaps).

What I found most interesting about this book is the character development. You don’t see that very often in children’s books, but each character was so well thought-out and well-rounded. It was a standard length book, but felt much longer. Not in a bad way! It felt like a long delicious adventure with good and evil and everything blurred in between.

We follow our main character, Callie, through finding out she’s a princess, supposed to save the people and beyond. While, I will say that the bare bones story is not anything we all haven’t read before, it was the adventure to get there that made it so interesting and so much. There’s plenty of little twists to keep your young child interested.

The writing was really wonderful. It was on level for the age group and flowed reasonably well. It does start out a little rough, but part of that might be that the reader hasn’t quite been introduced to what’s going on so it’s mainly a little confusion, which quickly clears up.

This is highly recommended for ages 8-14. I’ll be sharing it with my daughter on her kindle soon!

Description:
Despite her highly abnormal name, Calandria Arabella Philomena Louisa Anastasia Richards tries very hard to fly under the radar. So she knows her life has gone crazy when she passes a note to her best friend:

“Lewis—something strange happened to me this morning.I got a message in my Alpha Bits that said I was a princess and I had to help this place called Albion in their fight against an evil queen.

C.

P.S. Dad says you can come for pizza tonight.”

On her quest to stop a bloodthirsty queen, Callie will have to steer a near-sighted dragon, decipher an ancient riddle, and learn to command a tiara that talks back! And to save this magical world she only just discovered, Callie must risk more than she ever thought possible…

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 22

One Response to “Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara (Callie Chronicles) by Daisy Piper”

  1. Julia Smith 20 April 2011 at 6:53 am Permalink

    Great review – ‘What I found most interesting about this book is the character development. You don’t see that very often in children’s books, but each character was so well thought-out and well-rounded.’

    I agree completely. I also like all the touches like ‘Dept of Transportation – keeping Albion’s roads safe’ or something like that on the roadsign give great touches of a lived-in world.
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