The Princess and the Christmas Rescue by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton is a clever and engaging rhyming adventure with a Christmas twist.
Princess Eliza is not allowed out, so she stays in the castle alone, inventing things. Her parents disapprove and suggest she makes friends and stops getting so messy. Bored and lonely she creeps out into the woods and discovers a whole host of fabulous characters getting ready for a big Christmas delivery.
But there is a problem. Santa is unwell and the preparations are at risk. Eliza gets to work and discovers that her inventions and hard work bring her huge rewards. But will her parents accept Eliza’s choices and support their little princess?
The story is cleverly interwoven with characters from traditional tales and the independent and inventive Eliza is a wonderful role model for young readers. The fact that Eliza continues with her inventions despite her parents’ disapproval shows that you should never give up on your dreams, and that being excellent at something is often enough to change minds.
Sarah Warburton’s quirky illustrations are full of clever little jokes that will keep young and old poring over the pages and coming back for more.
I’m not usually a huge fan of books about princesses, so the fact that I loved this one shows how well the story drew me in and by the end I was desperate for more and very happy to discover there are three more Caryl Hart ‘Princess’ books, each about a different little royal.
A lovely Christmas Read from Nosy Crow, with the added bonus of FREE smartphone audiobook download, so you can listen to the story!
The Princess and the Christmas Rescue is a featured title in a curated collection The Best Christmas Books For Children.