The Princess and the Hound
Mette Ivie Harrison
Reviewed by Dylan James (age 11) for Reader Views (2/08)
Prince George had a troubled childhood, everything from his mom dying, to possessing the “evil, animal magic.” Now in his late teens, he has had better times and is about to be married to Princess Beatrice to heal bitter tensions between his kingdom and her father’s kingdom, a usual opponent in war. There is something not right about Princess Beatrice and her strange dog that won’t leave her side. Beatrice’s father, the King, is an annoying guy that takes every chance he can get to torment Beatrice and George. George takes Beatrice to his kingdom to be wed. At his kingdom, he discovers shocking truths about Beatrice and her dog, and he also discovers that his dad has been poisoned and is slowly dying.
What will George do?
Because I’m an action/comedy fan, my first thought after reading this book was that it was bleak, sad, and a little bit boring. After I thought about it more, I decided that I liked it even though I usually don’t like books of this kind. Because this book was dripping with drama and suspense, it will almost definitely be able to make you keep reading and truly want to know what will happen next. In this book, there is the best surprise moments I have ever read and it has a great storyline. If you are a drama or a surprise fan, don’t pass this book up. The writing was great, the suspense and surprise were great and the drama-dripping scenes were great. It was a great book for drama fans and a recommendable book for other fans. Sufferers of discrimination may not like this book because of how people look down on “animal magic.” Both boy and girls will like this equally but I think because of some suggestive sentences, age 9+ should be the earliest to read this book. My favorite part of this book is when George finds secrets about Beatrice and her dog.
If the author wants other types of book fans to enjoy this, then I recommend adding a few more action scenes. I think that doing this will go a long way to getting action fans and help a little with drama fans. But don’t get me wrong, though he might add stuff, the author has a good thing going here and should NOT change anything already in “The Princess and the Hound.”