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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Prince Bob of Twindleland is a very selfish, self-centered young man. He believes himself to be privileged, entitled, and, as king-in-waiting, he shouldn’t have to lift a finger to do anything. Not even to learn how to read and write. In fact, at fourteen, he’s still in Grade 6! All he does is complain and take advantage of others. Everyone in Twindleland is disgusted with their prince. They worry about what will happen when the king and queen die and Bob is made king. Bob’s not worried, though; he’s too busy complaining. His father takes matters into his own hands and commands the boy to kill the dragon who has been disrupting life in Twindleland. Given the ancestral magic sword, he is told to slay the dragon and prove his worth as a prince of the realm. What he does is even more remarkable and changes his outlook on life.
Mary Rhee’s picture book story, The Prince of Twindleland, is a wonderful fairy tale packed with sound advice for young readers. As Prince Bob must learn his letters, he must also learn to respect others and that being lazy and always complaining will never earn him any true friends. The story is told in the calm manner of a clever fairy tale. At first, the young reader will despise the young prince, but gradually as the plot develops, the young reader will learn along with the prince some of the most important values in life: being respectful and always trying to help others. The colorful illustrations help carry this story along and, of course, everyone who reads this story will learn to love the dragon.