Welcome to the Kingdom of Rosandria: a place where dreams can come...if you are born into the right family. Paracelsus is a poor farmer's son. His dream is to become a Master Storyteller, and dazzle audiences with glorious tales of adventure. To help make ends meet, he finds a job as a sweeper in a warehouse filled with mysterious Dreamstuff: a rare substance that shapes into whatever someone wishes for.
Emiliana is a spoiled princess who wishes away the entire load of Dreamstuff. Suddenly, she must flee for her life from the nasty Archibaldina, who has claimed the throne of Rosandria as her own. In the absence of knights, Paracelsus gets shoved into ill-fitting armor, paired with an ever-changing mythological beast (as no horses were available) and sent out as the Giddy Knight to save the Princess...or at least try to cheer her up. After multiple mishaps and too many close shaves with death, Paracelsus suspects that either the glorious stories of knights he has long loved are somewhat misleading, or he's having the wrong kind of adventure!
A comedic misadventure of Paracelus, an unlikely knight with an ever animal-changing sidekick mixing with a spoiled princess ... double trouble with a prince she’s betrothed, an ingrate double crosser, kidnapped villagers, and a family connection to nice pirates and a dazzling world building extraordinare - why only three stars?
For a simple story, it draaaagged (through no fault of the narrator!). I had intended to listen to it all the way through, during a recent snowfall, but kept rewinding, several chapters back ...?
My eventual solution was to program the audible to stop after each chapter ... and if I didn’t realize it, I knew where to restart. Tedious, but this book had such such promise and I wanted soo much to enjoy and finish it. Finish it, I did. However I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted!
I doubt this is really geared to the 8-10 year olds; tweeners could appreciate it, overall, more.
I would suggest this as a bed time story or family story time, small bite size to keep the intrigue and mystification.
I wouldn’t reject this and I intend to give it another chance in the near future.