This a sweet, gentle retelling of the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. There is nothing scary in this book; no scary witch or fairy, nor any great and terrible battle at the end. Instead the prince just enters the castle because essentially the clock has run out and the thorns have transitioned to fragrant flowers. Adults might find this out of step with the Disney version that we are all familiar with, but very young children are going to appreciate this gentler version as they are really all about the 'happy ending' and not so much about the struggle.
The artwork is very nice. Maja Dusikova's soft watercolors fit a story that is geared for little ones. The maids and princes are all rosy cheeked and refined. And there are fun details of activities within the castle-- children sitting beneath tables, fleeing cooks who they have frustrated. There's not quite the brilliance and detail that you find with Paul O. Zelinsky's pages, but Dusikova's work is ever so much better than the Disney renditions which I don't think translate that well to books.
A book for younger princess lovers. Toddler on up.
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