After the king declares it’s time for Princess Candi to get married, the math-loving princess decides to carry out a husband search on her own. Not knowing how to find such a creature, she turns to fairy tales for inspiration and ends up using every method in the books, from kissing frogs to slaying monsters. But will she find her Prince Charming? Or just a bunch of duds who cheat, cry and make armpit noises? This swashbuckling tale is brimming with romance, algebra problems and at least one very large pickle.
Vitamin Daily: Just silly enough for a five-year-old to enjoy and perfect for an eight-year-old to read herself, Not Just Another Princess Story by Vancouver author Sheri Radford and Toronto Illustrator Qin Leng is a fairytale of for princess Kate’s generation.
Busting open the clichés of frog-kissing, dragon slaying and fairy godmother invoking fairytales of yore, this princess story breaks new, less trodden ground. In the book, it’s our heroine Princess Candi’s mathematics prowess that outwits the wizard and sends her to university on a math scholarship where she finds her prince charming and bonds over calculus.
Now that’s happily ever after. —Sarah Bancroft
National Reading Campaign - "Much of the story is a play on fairy tales. The seemingly traditional opening, “Once upon a time,” quickly becomes flippant: “…[Candi] was super-duper-extra intelligent. Well, she was intelligent at least. Look, let’s just say she wasn’t totally stupid. Okay?” Although these peter out as the story progresses, kids will enjoy the italicized asides that add to the tale, or correct the extravagant narrator. They’ll also love the unexpected twists, like when Candi kisses a frog and it turns into a bird. Leng’s illustrations also have a charming old European comic album feel and she uses the end pages to draw kids into the story, showing Candi in a number of soon-to-be-memorable situations. Reminiscent of illustrated fairy tales, Not Just Another Princess Story consists primarily of full-page text opposite full-page illustrations. It would work well as a multi-session read-aloud for younger kids and as an early chapter book for older ones."