The exciting follow-up to The Thing Beneath the Bed, again employs the beautifully rendered artwork of Nate Taylor creating a children’s book feel for what the author deems not-a-children’s book. Patrick Rothfuss’ writing evokes the children’s story cadence and language while also nodding to and twisting the folktale bones beneath.
[Full disclosure–I’m extremely biased in this reviewing , as I experienced this book with hundreds of others at a live reading by Patrick Rothfuss himself. Audible has nothing on live story telling.]
This tale centers on a princess living in a marzipan castle with her best friend, Mr. Whiffle the teddy bear. Together, they like to have Calvin and Hobbes style adventures on the castle grounds. But, a new character promises to spoil their carefree fun. The princess has a baby brother now, a prince naturally. She is nothing if not put out by having a brother to watch out for.
When he toddles off on his own, she and her trusty stuffed companion search the castle and grounds for sign of the little prince. They finally spot tracks–leading into the darkest of dark caves. And, the princess is paralyzingly afraid of the dark . . .
The tale is highly recommended.
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