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Book Review: A Fun Story About Two Unique Friends



For the Valley News
Thursday, September 06, 2018

Editor’s Note: This review was written by Nuala Doyle, 10, a fifth-grader from South Royalton who loves to read.

Miranda and Maude: The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess

By Emma Wunsch; illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner

Amulet Books; 135 pages; $12.99

I enjoyed Miranda and Maude: The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess. I enjoyed it because the characters are different and the story was interesting.

The main characters in Miranda and Maude are going into second grade, and each one has a unique personality.

For example, Miranda likes to wear dresses and have everything neat and organized, whereas Maude hates dresses and is very messy. The characters are also interesting because they do some silly things. For example, Miranda has a pen with real rubies on it, and Maude likes to eat hard-boiled eggs. Also, Maude’s father likes insects and yoga and one character loves doughnuts.

I enjoyed the characters in the book, but I also enjoyed the interesting story. The story was interesting because in the beginning, Miranda and Maude aren’t friends, and they have nothing in common. Then, Miranda has a birthday party, and doesn’t invite Maude. Maude plans a boycott of the party and Miranda is upset because no one comes to her party. So Maude felt bad and then invites Miranda to come to her house. Then they realize that they aren’t completely different, and they become friends.

The best part of the book is the middle, when Maude gets upset with Miranda for bringing too many decorations from home for her desk, so Maude brings a ship in a bottle, a snakeskin, dentures, a harmonica, a bandanna and four hard-boiled eggs to put on her desk. Miranda then decides to bring a doily, two pink candles, tissues in a diamond box, and nail polish for her desk. Reading the description of their competition about desk decoration was really funny.

My favorite character is Maude because she did funny things, like wearing roller skates to school, and she also wears glasses, even though she doesn’t need them. She just likes to wear them because they make her look smart. She also has a pet chicken with frizzled feathers in a coop in her yard. Maude also lives in a boat inside of a tree, which is really strange. Her dog’s name is Rudolph Valentino and he looks a little funny in the pictures. Maude has pictures of famous civil rights activists on her bedroom walls.

There are a lot of pictures in the book that help to describe the characters’ emotions and the scene that the author is describing. My favorite picture is the one where Maude’s dad is balancing on his head and her brother, Michael John, is reading a book and looking very confused. This picture is describing when Maude is going to tell her family about the birthday boycott that she is planning. She is wearing a shirt that says “Justice for All,” an orange bandanna and a “Votes for Women” sash.

In conclusion, this book is very good. People who are younger and who have just started to read chapter books would enjoy this book. I think there are characters that everyone can relate to and it has a positive message — that even people who are very different can become friends.

Nuala Doyle, 10, just started fifth grade at White River Valley Elementary School in South Royalton.