The Fix-it Princess
Walker Books, 2023
160pp., pbk., RRP $A15.99
Princess Shona likes to solve problems, the bigger the better and particularly if they involve practical solutions like rebuilding the chook house. She is a is a princess with a Can-Do attitude bur right now she is facing the biggest problem she has ever had to solve.
For their joint birthdays, she made Mum-Queen and Dad-King a wing-thing and they were last seen two days ago soaring over the castle walls and haven’t returned. Because hard times have fallen, there is no staff left at the castle and so Shona is on her own with 15 chickens (who at least lay eggs so she has food) and an old horse called Wildfire. To make matters worse, the drawbridge is up and so she can’t get out to start looking for them, because surely if they could get back, they would be…
With all the elements of a good story about princesses including gloomy, scary woods nearby, a dragon who sings but apparently can’t fly, shysters who pretend to be her parents and so on, this is a great novel for any young independent reader who has dreamed of being a princess – but one who is resilient and resourceful rather than waiting for some handsome prince to rescue her. They will relate to her bubbly personality that refuses to be daunted and like me, will want to keep reading to find out what really did happen to Mum-Queen and Dad-King and whether they are safe. Have they been kidnapped or has her Wing-Thing gone horribly wrong, as so many of her other “solutions” do?