Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater

Dangerously Ever AfterDangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dashka Slater certainly offered Valeria Docampo an amusing story to illustrate. The text was funny and lively if a bit wordy. Princess Amanita gives spunk a makeover with her obsession with dangerous plants. The illustrations are dynamic, yet soft. The Princess wears a beautiful blue and white gown with a cage petticoat, adding an element of style and history to the illustrations. And even though there is a Prince who offers her roses, this story doesn't end with a heteronormative "Happily Ever After." Instead, the Princess retains her love dangerous things. The contrast between thorns and sweet smelling roses makes this picturebook a gold mine for those interested in its analytic and scholarly value.

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