Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
Princess Cimorene, after a being told that everything she wants to learn and do just isn't done by Princesses, runs away. She uses the advice of an enchanted frog and becomes the princess of the dragon Kazul. She is soon having the time or her life. There's something funny going on between the dragons and the wizards though, and Cimorene has to figure out what before its too late for her new friend.
This series turns fairytale expectations on their heads. There's a lot of that going on these days in middle grade and young adult, which is awesome, but it was much more rare back when I was combing the kids section at the library for something new to read. I remember being intrigued by the watercolor covers and checking out all four in the series at once, the librarian and I were on good terms.
I read this a long time ago and remembered loving it. I remembered enough to leap on it and rate it when I stumbled on it on Jan 15th 2011. What made me remember it? Looking back it seems I was on a roll adding favorites from childhood: [author:John Bellairs|101070], [author:Bruce Coville|10087], and [author:Diana Wynne Jones|4260]. Dealing with Dragons
holds up well twenty-something years later, and I'm glad the series was recently reissued - these editions all come with a foreward from Wrede detailing how she was inspired to write the Enchanted Forest Chronicles
(long story short, Jane Yolen made her) and what she was attempting to do. I love it. Except for the covers, each is more hideous than the last. I tried selling a customer on the story, and she took one look at the simpering Cimorene and blushing eye-lashed Kazul on the cover and turned away with all the scorn a 9 year old girl can muster.
Put a little more effort into these please, give the artists more money, get better focus groups, something
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