Book Review: The Pirate Princess by Tawn Krakowski
Penelope Puffinstuff is the ninth child of the royal family of Pufftania, so everyone calls her “Princess Penny.” She’s a sweet, well-behaved girl, but is feeling slightly bored with the life of a princess. So when it turns out that a centuries-old prophecy requires her to acquire a family treasure by her twelfth birthday (only a few months away!), Penny comes up with a scheme to disguise herself and her supporting crew as pirates.
The first part of the plan goes off swimmingly, but there’s something a bit suspicious about Captain Mountebank. Penny learns that her family has secrets, enemies and allies; and the peril described in the prophecy is very real indeed. Penny’s a plucky girl, and she’s got good friends…can they succeed?
This book originally appeared on Big World Network, a website that showcases serial fiction. It hosts stories ranging from children’s fantasy adventure (like the volume in hand) to steamy fantasy erotica. Stories that are especially popular get to go to actual printed books; there’s even a sequel to this one. The cover art by Mario Hernandez accurately depicts Penny’s outfit by the end of the novel.
This is an enjoyable children’s book, with some mildly scary bits (with pirates, you have to expect a certain amount of violence and bloodshed.) The only thing I didn’t like was that Penny is perhaps a little too good-natured; a slight character flaw or moment of immaturity might have humanized her more. Parents will appreciate that Penny has a good relationship with her parents and siblings, who are very supportive. Naturally, the book is more aimed at girls, but boys should be able to enjoy it too.
I’d recommend this book for parents of 8-13 year olds who want pirate stories but aren’t ready for the more gruesome tales.