A princess who refuses to stay in her tower


Princess Adrienne has been raised on the traditional fair-princess-in-a-tower story, but it’s never really fit her. Is she fair? Not really. Willing to wait around to be rescued and married off? Nope. Able to convince her dragon to be her partner in rescuing others? You bet!

Princeless is one of many newer graphic novels for kids with girls in the lead, and like Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle – so good that I wrote about not even needing to write about it – it also  turns the whole princess routine upside down. Adrienne not only escapes her tower, she puts on armor, learns to ride a dragon, and heads out to save her sisters. Along the way, she’ll mock the “warrior” outfits for women, help out her brother (who isn’t sure he’s manly enough), and bring some power to the people, too. It’s a fast, fun read.

I know what I’ll be checking out next — volume 2.

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin

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