Once Upon a Marigold
Beautiful love letters, an outcast princess and a charming lad raised by a troll-what could be better than that? Beautifully written, well develpoed characters, and well thought humor. A great book for Autumn. A great book for anytime really.
Final line-Sweet, Cute, No complicated subplots. 4/5
So I picked this book up at the Scholastic Warehouse. It stood out to me because of its clever cover. I proceded to read it, and I really enjoyed it.
Its a modern fairy tale with a bunch of clever twists. Its a comedy in several acts. Its a
spoof, its a farce, an adventure story, a mystery or a love story, call it what you will. Above all its fun! It takes place in a long ago far away kind of magical land, but has a jaunty, witty tone. Seventeen year old Christian, our hero, is a bright, independent boy. When he was only six years old he ran away from his parents and persuaded a troll to let him live with him in his forest cave. Christian definitely does not like to do as he is told, nor does he care about fine clothes, fancy places to live, or learning manners. What he does care about are: the two huge dogs, Beelzebub and Hecate, inventing things, messing about in the woods with the occasional centaur, leprechaun, or elf, and the Princess Marigold, who lives in the castle across the river from his forest home. Oh, and he thinks Edric, his adopted troll father, is ok too. Hes constructed a telescope which is how he discovered the princess and her family. First he figured out how to communicate with her via P-mail (carrier pigeons). They find out they have much in common, and become the very best of friends. Now hes got a job in the castle stables. Soon he discovers that there is a nefarious plot afoot to destroy the princess. What can he do to save her? Meanwhile, Princess Marigold is hardly a blushing wimp of a heroine. She loves Greek myths, bad jokes, and will stop at nothing to foil Queen Olympias schemes to get her married off to one awful suitor after another. Poor Marigold is the reluctant recipient of a fairys birth gift which enables her to know anyones feelings just by touching them. Is that why the queen NEVER touches her? It does look as though it is up to Christian to solve the puzzle and save the princess. But how on earth is he going to accomplish this when he gets thrown into the deepest dungeon by a miffed palace guard?
I thought that this book was amazingly good. I'm not really the type to like fantasy books, or fairytails, but I loved this book! This is a very original and magical book. I would recommend this book to kids ages 9-13, because it would fit their age group best. If you are that age, read this book!!!
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a young man named Christian who is in love with Princess Marigold. But,unfortunatly,Christian is a commoner who lives with Edric the troll. As for Marigold,she has an overbearing mother. I think the book may have left an opening for a sequal,but I am not entirely sure. This book was so good,I read it in 4 days.
Christian is the stubborn, estranged hero of this book. He lives in a cave with the troll who lovingly raised him.
Looking through a telescope starts his adventure off. Marigold is her name and she is a cursed Princess, But it isn't realy a curse, more like an unwelcome gift.
The romance and rescue which ensue are touching and impredictable. Super specail take on the old faery tle idea.
Fairy Tales are usually all about princesses and faires, but this fairy tale takes the view of an ordinary boy , Christian. Well maybe Christian isn't so ordinary. He does live in a cave with his dad, who is a troll. Soon he sees a princess through his telescope and falls in love, but it is true love? And why is the queen trying to kill the princess? Maybe someone should have warned him about this.
A great book for children who love Ella Enchanted and other twisted fairy tales.
I really like this book! The storyline was great and the way it all pulled together at the end was very clever!
The characters were greatly developed and it was very realistic sounding. Well kind of.
This book is definitely good enough for five out of five stars!
If you want to know what it is about:
Christian has just run away from home and is now living with a troll named Ed who has a nemisis of the tooth fairy.
Sound weird already?
Then he starts basically stalking Princess Marigold as he watches her all day through a telescope. This book all pulls together to become an amazing book.
I know it sounds weird but it is great!
it was a very good book with twists and turns and takes over 13 years as a boy grows up and matures but at the end of the book(not the epilouge) it says that olimpya would come back the next day when her amnesia so is there going to be a sequel?
This book takes you on a magical journey about love, adventure, and a lost royal boy. When Christian gets separated from his family, he is taken in by troll and grows up with him. When he gets older he takes the hobby of watchign and sending pigeon letters to the princess he can see from his window. He goes on a journey because her father wants her to wed and he is determined for a chance, one thing leads to another and there's flying cars and a wedding....