Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Review: Twice Upon A Time: Sleeping Beauty by Wendy Mass

Twice Upon a time: Sleeping Beauty, the one who took the really long nap by Wendy Mass
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 2006
Paperback, 176 pages
Borrowed from Library
Challenge:  Fairy Tale Challenge

It's not easy being Princess Rose. Especially when a fairy curses you and you find yourself avoiding all sharp objects . . . and then end up pricking your finger anyway, causing you to slumber for a hundred years or so. And it's not easy being The Prince. Especially when your mother has some ogre blood and tends to chow down at the most unfortunate moments. A walk in the woods would help, you think. Until you find a certain hidden castle . . . and a certain sleeping princess.

Ok so, when I read the blurb I thought "His mom has some ogre blood? What's she gonna do drink it? Gross!". I almost put the book back but thought I'd give it a chance anyway. So glad I did!

It takes place after the Princess wakes up from the Prince's kiss. The first half of the book switches back and forth between narrators (the Prince and the Princess) as they tell each other their story that led them to where they are now. The characters were super cute and surprisingly real for a fairy tale. I rooted for the two of them to find one another and live happily ever after.

The thing that I really liked about this book was the narration. I enjoyed hearing the story from the Prince's point of view because, when does THAT ever happen?! And the lives that the two of them led were such polar opposites that it was like two books in one.

All in all, I give Twice Upon a Time: Sleeping Beauty 3 out of 4 stars! Recommended for fans of Middle Grade fiction and retold fairytales.


  1. Awesome! I'm so adding this to my TBR. Thanks!

  2. Sounds like such a cute read! And you are right! We never get to hear from a prince's perspective. How refreshing.


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