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Princess Minna: The Enchanted Forest

Authored by Kirsty Applebaum
Illustrated by Sahar Haghoo
Published by Nosy Crow Ltd

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Minna is feisty, sensible, a problem solver and…a princess. However, she is no ordinary princess, (if there are actually any ordinary princesses), she can tame unicorns, fight dragons…apart from Lorenzo…, and surprisingly, she would prefer to kiss a frog than a prince, as we find out in her adventures in the Enchanted Forest. Minna is a fairytale princess with gumption!

In this adventure, Princess Minna: The Enchanted Forest, Princess Minna, is tasked with saving Prince Raymond Welling-Tunboot from a wicked fairy curse. This curse saw him pricking his finger on a magic spinning wheel and falling into a deep sleep, possibly a forever sleep, unless our heroine can save him. Never one to shun an adventure, Princess Minna sets off through the enchanted forest, helping others and gathering new friends along the way. Will she save the prince? And will she be back in time for tea? The tension in the final pages is unbearable!

Kirsty Applebuam has written a number of exceptionally readable books for slightly older children: the Princess Minna series now sees her extending her considerable authorial creativity to younger readers. Beautifully illustrated by Sahar Haghoo, this is a fantastic and quirky read for those young readers branching out into independent reading in KS1 and lower KS2. Each chapter is just long enough, and the illustrations give a real sense of the picturebook, without it being a picturebook. Adults might also enjoy reading this aloud to individuals or groups, enjoying the silly puns and alternative versions of known fairytales.