Item description for The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa...
Not being the fairest or wealthiest in the land, Princess Mabelrose believes no prince will come for her when she is kidnapped by a dragon, so she resolves to rescue herself instead. Learn what a true princess is made of as you follow Mabelrose and her talking porcupine companion Spikey on their fairytale adventures through the Unremembered Lands.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.4" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.4" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2005
Publisher Antarctic Press
ISBN 1932453369 ISBN13 9781932453362
Reviews - What do customers think about The Courageous Princess?
Buy This For Your Princess! May 8, 2008
All little girls love princess stories, but this is an anti-stereotypical princess story. This princess is not the most beautiful and she doesn't wait around to be rescued. This is is a story that actually highlights the values you want your daughter to embrace. We have given this as a gift several times and EVERY girl we've given it to has LOVED it.
ZERO Stars, actually.... Jun 1, 2007
Mr. Espinosa needs to learn that copying other artists' work and passing it off as his own is unethical and unprofessional.
Read-aloud surprise Jul 20, 2006
We came upon this graphic novel via a loan, that at first I was somewhat irritated to receive (as I did not ask to have it loaned to us and my daugher saw it before I did). I was not keen to read it aloud to my three year old daughter - I was put off by "princess" and I have never found it at all fun to read graphic novels/comics aloud. I was so wrong. The princess is not the disney-esque pastel prissy pants "oooh, save me" character I had feared and my daughter's total absorbtion in the story fueled my interest in reading it aloud and finding out what happens next. In addition to liking the story and the art, which is breathtaking,there are important literacy-increasing features of the story (true of most graphic novels) such as the changes in the font style to express different types of action or speech - my daughter really noticed this and it added to her enjoyment of the story. Despite my initial reluctance, my daughter now has incorporated a different type of book into her literacy repertoire. We have read the novel three times now, and I am certain that we will read it again and look for the sequels.
Warm and Fuzzy Jan 11, 2006
This book greatly reminds me of my favorite manga by Hayao Miyazaki "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind". it is richly illustrated and the story is well paced. The character development is not as engrossing as i'd like, but that is easily looked over.
And for those of us who look to pour over the illustrations, you are in for a treat! There are some hilarious paintings on the ceiling when Mabelrose first enters the Ball. These won't be readily noticed by anyone who is easily offended, but those of us who appreciate Japanese "adult" comics. ;0)
The purest form of courage comes from a kid... Oct 3, 2004
The Courageous Princess is a compilation of three books which chronicles the adventures of Princess Mabelrose, a princess in a fairy tale setting who's experienced something near-realistic, which actually defines the uniqueness and the turning point at which this main character started to define her identity and even maturity for her age which was about very early teens. Imagine being abducted by a Dragon and waiting for a prince to save her (a very classic and predictable scenario) only to find that the knight in shining armor is not coming (at least not soon enough). So with wit and courage, Princess Mabelrose stepped up and did the saving herself! (a twist that is definitely not predictable).
The Courageous Princess has earned the creator/artist Rod Espinosa great reviews from readers and fans and a nomination to the prestigious Will Eisner Awards for the graphic arts.
It is good that it was presented in the illustrated form of a graphic novel in that it can connect to the readers on a graphical level. And Mr. Espinosa's penchant for fusing western flair with anime has made this work an absolute favorite.
Now released in colored form, The Courageous Princess is an endearing story for kids and even to the mainstream market (mid-teens and comic book afficionados).
To those who are parents, I highly recommend this book for your kids. To Rod Espinosa artwork fans, this is a definite must for collection. And to everyone, try this out. You won't be disappointed...