The Adventures of Sir Princess Petra by Diane M. Robinson is a fun, unique children’s series set in the kingdom of Pen Pieyu.
~~~~Some Spoilers Ahead!~~~~
Petra is the princess of the Pen Pieyu kingdom, and today is her 9th birthday. By royal decree, she is allowed any wish she likes, which is perfect for an ambitious girl like Petra. You see, Petra isn’t like other princesses…She wants to be a Royal Knight. When she tells her parents, the King and Queen of Pen Pieyu, they are shocked and appalled. To become a royal Knight, Petra would have to complete a test of bravery. But she isn’t afraid, and Petra charges head-first into her challenge of choice: silencing the dragon that lives in the Forest of Doom. During this challenge, Petra learns that not everything is what it seems, and Bravery isn’t the only thing you need to be a Royal Knight!
Sir Princess Petra is the only Royal Knight in Pen Pieyu, but she is also the daughter of the King and Queen. They want her to be a normal princess, so the King devises a clever plan. He summons Petra and sends her to the Talent School in the land of the Lost Donkeys. Petra is mortified; the Talent School only offers boring princess talents like knitting or crocheting. As a Royal Knight, Petra feels like such classes are beneath her, but she goes anyway. At the Talent School, Petra discovers a talent that has been lost to the Pen Pieyu kingdom for generations. With her new-found talent and a few new friends, Petra finally returns home. During her trip, she learned that you can be a Royal Knight and a Princess at the same time!
This was a really well-done series! The language was clear, the settings were well-defined, and there was humor mixed throughout both books. Petra doesn’t adhere to the social norms of her kingdom and becomes the first Royal Knight of the kingdom, as well as the first storyteller. This teaches the reader that if you follow your dreams, anything is possible.
There are a few other lessons in the stories as well, but I will leave them for the reader to discover. Overall, I give both books a solid 4 of 5 each, and I would definitely recommend them to the children in my family.
About the Author:
Diane Mae Robinson started her love of reading and writing at the tender age of 7 when she was given a copy of Black Beauty for her birthday. Since then, she has read every children’s book she could get her hands on. Sir Princess Petra debuted in 2012 and was quickly followed by Sir Princess Petra’s Talent in 2013. Since then, the books have gone on to win several awards, including the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Art Award (literary arts); 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2013 Sharp Writ Book Award, 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval; and 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award. To learn more about this author and her works, visit her Website, her Amazon Page, or connect with her on Facebook. The author’s photo was taken from Facebook.