Princess DisGrace: A Royal Disaster
Rules for Being a Princess:
1. Your name must be on the Fairy Godmother’s list.
2. You must always be elegant and graceful.
3. A unicorn must choose you.
When Grace arrives at Tall Towers Princess Academy, her name isn’t on the Fairy Godmother’s list of students. She isn’t elegant at all—not even her curtsy is graceful. And all the other girls are sure she’s headed straight back to her tiny, messy kingdom. But one unicorn knows better. He’s clumsy and dirty and the perfect match for Grace! And together they have tons of fun. But the other princesses aren’t convinced Grace belongs at the academy. Can she prove that being a princess is about more than just being perfect?
What I Liked:
PRINCESS DISGRACE has such a fun premise. As far as personalities go, it’s inclusive and teaches young readers that while having nice manners and being able to dance may be good qualities, there are other qualities that matter much more like encouraging your friends, doing your best, and staying resilient.
There are also several great humorous moments, perfect for readers looking for a laugh. Grace and her friends have wonderful scenes together, and their dialogue is realistic.
What Left Me Wanting More:
While the story encourages a wide variety of personalities, it is not as inclusive for body types. The only fat characters are either mean girls or fairy godmothers, setting a negative idea that good princesses cannot be large. This is enforced through both the text and illustrations. The two mean girls are redeemed a little in the end, but unfortunately, this may still be potentially harmful.
Though the issue with body depiction is serious, PRINCESS DISGRACE still has many wonderful qualities and makes a nice pick for young readers who love princess stories.