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Twelve Terribly Active Princesses Who Were Not Exactly Dancing–not a home run for me

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Twelve Terribly Active Princesses Who Were Not Exactly Dancing

by Michael Ann Hobbs

Twelve PrincesesTwelve Terribly Active Princesses Who Were Not Exactly Dancing is a remake of the old fairy tale in which twelve princesses slip out every evening to dance the night away. The title got my attention and the idea was a good one. The effort unfortunately broke down in execution. The chapters are too wordy for a picture book for younger children and the interest just isn’t there for beginning chapter book readers. The reading level and number of words per chapter are also too high for those readers.

The illustrations are acceptable, but not outstanding. Two details I did enjoy are the method the princesses use to get to their nighttime world and the identity of the old woman who helps with the discovery of the princesses’ activities. I would recommend this book for young girls who are true baseball enthusiasts.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Xist Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

Category: Children’s Fiction

Notes: Publisher recommends this book for Middle Grades

Publication:   April 4, 2017—Xist Publishing


  1. All books we try are not for us. I am trying to read a couple and they really are not working for me.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I feel your pain–especially when there is more than one!

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      • I found one I felt I couldn’t needed to read. I had completely forgotten her when I found NetGalley. Edie Claire and she is probably an independent author. The first book is free NEVER BURIED. I read the 3 and the fifth. They are are about animals. This one she has really improved. I must catch up with series. Leigh Koshow is the name of the series. I think I can finished the books now so I can review them.

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  2. Wendy says:

    Well poo. That’s too bad. I loved that book as a kid. That one and Giant John.

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  3. What a shame, it’s a great title!

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