Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight has an interesting twist ending. While you have a good idea that the Brave, Brave Knight is not going to be your stereotypical knight in shining armor, you probably will not see the real identity of said knight coming. Mark Sperring has made a modern fairytale with a very special kind of “damsel in distress.” Or more likely one that causes distress!
Same as Claire Powell knows how to create some fantastically silly, fun and amazing illustrations. We see the lovely fashion sense that knight has. We see how they happily skip along the drawbridge just when the Queen needs them. We see how the Queen presents herself royally. The colors of the bothersome dragon are delightfully rich and bold. The goofy antics of Princess Scallywag herself as she bathes in swamps, runs nasty underwear up the flag pole and has cheesy feet are laugh out loud good times.
Everyone can enjoy the unconventional natures of one princess, one knight and one sassy queen. Ages four and up should find something to tickle a funny bone, find ideas on how to deal with pesky dragons and learn how to be proper royalty!
The modern take of a girl who is able to save herself, along with one clever Queen Mother, is refreshing, if not a little obvious (as mentioned the knight does have style all their own, but the stereotypical “girl colors” (though skull covered) skirt does give a nod to the gender of the knight.
This tale will be perfect your own knight, princess, dragon or even troll (as one makes an appearance at the end).