The Daring Prince Dashing by Marilou T Reeder
Published by Sky Pony Press
This is a fun, action filled and child-focussed take on the Cinderella story. Adventurous, daring Prince Dashing is captivated by the equally adventurous, daring and talented young girl at his ice-cream social. When she leaves a pogo stick behind, Dashing mounts a blindfolded quest to find the mysterious girl - who can make the stick sound the way she did at his party? He ends up in a zoo where the animals use the stick in inventive ways, but none of them make the right sound. The girl eventually retrieves her stick and after initially refusing the prince's invitation to his birthday party, they become good friends bonding over their shared sense of adventure.
The text is humorous and well paced, leaving room for the illustrations to share the story-telling. The use of onomatopoeia makes it fun to read aloud. West’s bold, colourful illustrations bring all the quirky action to life and beautifully extend the comedy of the story as well as incorporating sight jokes. The collaboration by this American author and English illustrator has produced a delightfully funny and engaging book.
A fun, quirky and nicely gender balanced take on the Cinderella story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Marilou T Reeder
Illustrator: Karl West
Title: The Daring Prince Dashing
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: November 2015