The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess

Volume 1, Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms

Book - 2015
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When the beloved Princess Mabelrose is kidnapped by a dragon, she decides that, instead of waiting to be rescued, she will use her intelligence and courage to make her own way home, with a little help from new friends made along the way.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9781616557225
Branch Call Number: ESPINOS
Characteristics: 245 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Beyond the hundred kingdoms


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Oct 17, 2018

A grand kids' graphic novel fantasy adventure trilogy full of magic, danger, and friendship. As happens to young female royalty, Princess Mabelrose gets kidnapped by a dragon. Being unwilling to stay kidnapped, and quite worried about how her parents feel with her missing, she sets about rescuing herself. Adults may find Mabelrose suspiciously perfect, but I couldn't resist loving her anyway. Espinosa's art is lovely, and his world-building and plot design are incredibly strong. If you're looking for epic fantasy, this is a great series. Bonus for those of us who crave diversity: Mabelrose is biracial/bicultural. Her mother is from a kingdom that appears to be based on Western European culture. Her father is from a kingdom that appears to be based on a Middle Eastern culture. People from both sides of her family appear in the story.

My son's thoughts: "It's a very adventurous story, and also Mabelrose herself is very adventurous. It's funny in parts, and it's a tiny bit scary in parts. There are a lot of cliffhangers, which leave you wanting to read the next volume or the next chapter." (He's not wrong. Waiting between the second and third books was painful.)

forbesrachel Jun 20, 2015

Little bits of popular fairytales like Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and Cinderella come together to form the world of the Hundred Kingdoms. When a prince-killing dragon takes the kind and brave Princess Mabelrose captive, she decides to save herself. Her initial rush to freedom is made possible by the magical items she steals, but the dragon pursues her. With some help from new friends, and kind strangers, she does her best to elude this greedy tyrant while making her way home. On the other side of the Hundred Kingdoms are her parents; the King sets out to find her, while the Queen manages the kingdom. Even in times of danger, the book gives off an "it will be alright" and, "we can do it" feel. Princess Mabelrose helps others whenever she can, and in return she receives their goodwill. In general, the story and art are quite cheerful, which is helped by the pleasant colours, and it promotes positive aspects like friendship, independence, and kindness. Mabelrose makes a great role model, but she is also someone that girls can relate to. She has the body-type of a healthy, active young girl, instead of the idealized, frail-looking body that most princesses have, she doesn't sit around sewing all day, she usually wants to play, yet she also shows some maturity. This is already such a wonderful character, and yet it is only the beginning of her adventures so we can look forward to seeing how she grows.

Jan 12, 2011

The story of a princess who decides to rescue herself. Great for all ages.

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