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The Castle Awakes
by Paeony Lewis 1366/650 illustrated by Georgie Birkett
first published 2001
Folk and Fairy Tales for ages 5 to 9 published by Hodder & Stoughton Educational
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.6, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Pat Posner's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A fun-filled sequel to Sleeping Beauty.
What happens?
Prince Fearless wakes Sleeping Beauty with a kiss and, then, she's Princess Rose again. Very soon, they're in love and making plans for their wedding. There are cobwebs and spiders everywhere (the Evil Fairy didn't put her sleeping spell on the spiders) and Princess Rose says the entire castle will have to be cleaned for the wedding. Eric, a little spider, hurries off to tell the big boss spider the bad news. The spiders want the castle for themselves and they make plans to "chase those pesky humans away". The spiders put their first plan in action and the king discovers Prince Fearless's secret; he's scared of spiders. He says he won't let his daughter marry a coward, but the queen reasons with him and the wedding's back on. The spiders go into action again, their plan results in the Evil Fairy turning Princess Rose into a tarantula spider at the wedding party. The curse will only be broken when Prince Fearless kisses his spider wife! But the prince faints when the queen carries the huge, hairy spider towards him. Eventually, with the king's help, Prince Fearless overcomes his fear and poor little Eric Spider is heartbroken for he'd fallen in love with Spider Rose. But all ends happily.
Is it easy to read?
Great for newly confident readers and for reading aloud.
Anything else?
A really funny story, it flows beautifully and Georgie Birkett's illustrations match the text fantastically.
Other books by Paeony Lewis include Cinderella's Wedding.
Who says so?
This review by Pat Posner.
The publisher reckons...
The prince wakes Sleeping Beauty with a kiss - there's a royal wedding to plan. The prince is scared of spiders and, after a 100 years, there are a lot of spiders to deal with - who want to keep the castle for themselves. Will the prince and Sleeping Beauty live happily ever after?
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