and other stories, by Richard Cleveland
Written originally for my granddaughter, ‘The Mucky Princess’ was conceived as an antidote to what might be called the ‘Pretty (and rather helpless) Princess’.
The Princess is “good looking”, as one of the characters says, but not beautiful or pretty. She is of indeterminate ethnicity and most certainly knows her own mind. In short a modern universal ‘princess’ who follows her own path and for whom all things are possible.
The narrative is traditional Fairy Tale, with many familiar characters and moral message, but the Princess and the outcomes have a treatment that is far from traditional. As friend of mine put it, “A feminist fairy story”, and not just for girls. But it’s not a lecture it’s fun; read it for what it is and let the other things travel with you on the Princess’s journey.