Book Review: The Prince's Diary

The Prince's Diary

Dear Diary,

I have fallen in  love with the most beautiful girl, but I don't even know her name! 


Young Prince Stephen has a problem: how to find the girl he calls Cinderella. He has seen her from afar, but figuring out how to meet her proves difficult. In this charming version of the Cinderella story, take a peek at the Prince's personal diary as he tells the well-known story from his point of view.


I his diary, find out what the Prince was feeling when he first met Cinderella, and what he really think about her stepsisters! All your burning questions will be answered: Did Cinderella have a fairy godmother? Did the Prince really try a glass slipper on every girl in the kingdom? And most important, what really happened at the ball? In this twist on the familiar tale, The Prince tells it like it is, and you'll be amazed at the real story...  (inside the jacket flap.)


My Review:


The diary begins on June 4... wow, that's my mother's birthday! The Prince, while riding on his horse named Silver, discovers for the very first time, a beautiful girl carrying water buckets along a country road and he decides to call her Cinderella. From this point on, the story line turns and twists with great humor, along with some beautiful, detailed illustrations. The story progresses a bit more with a character sketch of Miss Cinderella doing lots of chores, like gardening and harvesting food; doing laundry for tons of folks.  I especially like the family dynamics of the  Prince with his mother that the author weaves in throughout the story.


My favorite line is, "She laughed, and her smile made her just as beautiful as I imagined."

 I was so impressed with the author's interpretation of the Prince's perspective. I found the book, the Prince's Diary, a very refreshing read. The illustrator put so much body language into her drawings that you will just stare at the beauty of the countryside and the emotions on the faces of the Prince and Cinderella. The very last page grabbed my heart, as I know it will yours. Get the book! 5 *

The Prince's Diary



Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Young Prince Stephen has a problem: how to find the girl he calls Cinderella. He has seen her from afar, but figuring out how to meet her proves difficult. In this charming version of the Cinderella story, take a peek at the Prince’s personal diary as he tells the well-known story from his point of view. In his diary, find out what the Prince was feeling when he first met Cinderella, and what he really thinks about her stepsisters! All your burning questions will be answered: Did Cinderella have a fairy godmother? Did the Prince really try a glass slipper on every girl in the kingdom? And most important, what really happened at the ball? In this twist on the familiar tale, the Prince tells it like it is, and you’ll be amazed by the real story.
Follow along with the Prince as he searches for his Cinderella, and discover a whole new way of looking at this classic fairy tale.

About the Author

Renee Ting grew up in upstate New York and studied music at Harvard. Since then, Renee has made a career selling and publishing books and is currently the president of Shen's Books. When not reading or writing, Renee sings in two choirs, tutors children in writing and math, is constantly experimenting with new scone recipes. Renee lives near San Francisco in Walnut Creek, California. The Prince's Diary is her first picture book.



Elizabeth O. Dulemba received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia after a lifetime of art training. She spent fifteen years in the industry, mostly with child related businesses, before becoming a full time author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Elizabeth lives in a log cabin in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains with her husband, two big dogs, and a tiny cat who rules them all.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shen's Books (March 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885008279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885008275




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