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Book Title: The Jewel Princesses and the Missing Crown|
The author of the book: Jahnna N. Malcolm
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Reader ratings: 4.5
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: March 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780613117067
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.57 MB
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I basically took notes as I read, so sorry if this is a little stream of consciousnessy.
The royal secretary is called Twitter and the princess's dragon runs her kingdom while she's gone I'm into this already.
I have a lot of questions. So whoever has the Great Jeweled Crown has all the power in the kingdom. In this conceptualization, it isn't just that whoever's the ruler has the crown - it seems that the Crown confers a kind of power upon its owner. Power, then, becomes something like magic - not just something ineffable but something concrete that can be manipulated and exchanged and taken. That's a lot, and there are so many cool things that could be done with it, but I'm not mad that the writers don't go there considering it's a story for little ones.
Also, the way magic is used in this book! Like, Demetra's mirror. "Magic Mirror, so shiny bright/ Who stole our crown late last night?" She clearly needs to chant something different every time she uses her mirror. Does it have to rhyme? Is that part of what makes the magic work? When the mirage of the Great Jeweled Crown appears, Roxanne just shouts, "Jewel magic! Oh, magic in this tower! / Take us to the Great Jeweled Crown. / Please, use your power!" Just. Off the cuff. Clearly didn't know what was going on or what magic was happening.
This idea that if there's magic, you can make it do what you want it to by just asking for what you want in rhyme is incredible. It's like 2am and I have work tomorrow, so I'm not gonna actually write the essay, but I kind of wanna.
I'd just read The Emerald Princess Plays A Trick, which is a solid early reader book with a good arc. This one though had zero character growth. I mean, call me a fuddy duddy, but if I'm gonna go on an adventure with a character, that adventure better change her. It's my writing pet peeve and that's my main beef with this novel. I'm not asking for much! It would've been so easy! Like to offer the ultimate cliche, the princesses squabble at the beginning and ultimately learn that despite their differences, they're Stronger Together. There were so many moments where they almost got a change arc - and then the authors just didn't push through.
I love that the only dude in the story is the Big Bad though. Not a saviour prince to be seen.
Oh wait, the Big Bad. Okay I get that you can't go too dark or too long, but we hear about the last time the Crown went missing. Things really sucked until the Good King & Queen defeated the Forces of Evil. SPOILERY GROUCHING. (view spoiler)[But here, the princesses just turned into giants and it terrified all of the Evil Dudes so much they ran away? For real? I'm cool with them joining hands and overpowering the Big Bad with their magic and combined shininess, it's a children's story, whatever, but like - man, either the Forces of Evil really levelled down, or the King and Queen and Royal Wizards really sucked at their job.
Anyways like I said in my last review ignore me I'm old and grumpy. (hide spoiler)]
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Read information about the authorJahnna N. Malcolm is the pen name for husband-and-wife team Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner. Together they've written four musicals, two movies, three CD-ROM games, and nearly one hundred books, including the popular series The Jewel Kingdom. They met in the theater and were married on the stage using Marlowe's famous love letter from "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" as their wedding vows.
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