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Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap (Twice Upon a Time #2)

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The girl's been asleep for a hundred years. The boy's got issues of his own. There are two sides to every story....

It's not easy being Princess Rose. Especially when a fairy curses you and you find yourself avoiding all sharp objects . . . and then end up pricking your finger anyway, causing you to slumber for a hundred years or so.

And it's not easy being The Prince. Espec
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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April Thompson
Fun twist on a classic princess story!
Emy Majors
I thought that this book was amazing, I really loved how Wendy picked to do the princes part of view from his time and how the princesses point of view was during her time up to the day of when the prince gets into the castle.
I loved this book .
Having prince charming have a mother with ogre blood, brilliant!
And adding extras like her friend was awesome.
My favorite part~ " Rose, we love you because your you , not because of some silly fairies gifts." tears filled my eyes. " Really?" then my friend smiled her mischievous smile " Well I'm only you're friend because you can sing opera, because otherwise well I don't know…" we all had a good laugh.
I LOVE the twice upon a time books!!!! Its like funny versions to princess fairytales. It was interesting and grasped my attention with the whole journal aspect of it, and it was also cool how Wendy Mass made each character have their own perspective of the situation. If you are looking for a really good book to read I wouldn't recommend this one but if you're looking for a quick read, go out and buy this one.
Matthew Triplett
A Princes with no name grows up mostly alone because his mother is half ogre and his father is always doing something. The prince has certain times where he had to stay away from his mom because she had to feed. The prince loved to go out and be by himself. He would leave and camp for days without telling anyone where he was. One day he noticed a large building. This building was an exact replica of his own castle, and was in the woods of his own property. Inside the castle laid a Princess that ...more
Erica Honing
Sleeping beauty: the one who took the really long nap, was an okay book. I like how it had a collaboration of two different sides of the stories, Princess rose's side and the prince's side. I think it wasn't the best book for me, but this book has good details.

This book is about two sides of two different stories. Princess Rose has many gifted talents that she has used for 16 years, but that changes after picking her finger and causing her to slumber for 100 years. The Prince has a hard life, wi
Bella Puentes
~Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap is the second book in the Twice Upon A Time Series. Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap is probably my favorite one of the Twice Upon A Time series because I like how she did Sleeping Beauty one chapter than the Prince one chapter, because you know each side of the story and what they thought.This book is filled with mysteries and humorous conversation. While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat. Wendy Mass is the ...more
Kaiti Holman
The fairy tale sleeping beauty is the second book in the twice upon a time series and was written by Wendy Mass. The author Wendy Mass is a very detailed writer who can make you feel inside the book. Sleeping beauty, as you all should know, is a common children book or movie. But this version of sleeping beauty is different from all the others. by different I mean, has a little twist. Both main characters have a hard life. Its not easy for sleeping beauty to avoid all sharp objects in her life, ...more
Caitlin Lichtenberg
I enjoyed this! This being my second time reading through this lovely book, I found myself more amused. This puts a really good spin on a classic fairy tale. The character's back stories are really intriguing and the effort that Wendy Mass put in connecting everything together in the end was really remarkable. You can really get into the character's heads when one chapter is the Princess and one chapter is the Prince. Once you get to the end and the Princess meets the Prince, the chapters mix we ...more
Dec 18, 2009 Nerida added it
This book is really good everyone who is a girl should read it in my opinion.
Allison Morgan
Genre/Category: Fantasy/Class Presentation Author
Fairytale/Sleeping Beauty/Middle Ages/romance

This was a retelling of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Changing from the princess's perspective to the prince's perspective 100 years later, the book is a humorous look at Sleeping Beauty, as well as an insightful look at what the fairytale could've been. Princess Rose is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. As a result, her parents are constantly on guard for anything sh
May 20, 2011 Evy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairy-tale lovers like me
Shelves: series
This book was worthy of four stars. It was thoroughly enjoyable, and I did really like it, so it was a very deserving book. However, it lost out on two stars because there were things I might've changed, if I had written this book. If you read my review on the first book in the 'Twice Upon a Time' series, it wasn't truly perfect, either. I think this book did have more interesting aspects, more twists from the original story than the first book had. The ogre-blood and castle replica was truly un ...more
Rebekah Henschen
At the beginning of the book I was not sure I wanted to read this book but I am glad I did. At the beginning you get to know the two main characters wich is realy confusing. As you get into the second part of the book you start to undrstand more of what is going on. The book is going back and froeth between Sleeping Beauty(Princess Rose) and the Prince whos name becomes at the end of the book... whele you will need to read to find out. In the first half of the book you are getting to know about ...more
Summarize the book without giving away the ending. A Princes with no name searches for his true love who he hopes is the one century year old Princess in an exact replica of his castle hidden on his grounds. The book alternates between the Princess and the Princes’ point of views.

What did you think of the main character(s)? I loved Princess Rose and her quest to figure out what she wasn’t good at. She was humble and I believe someone who had the chance to have the gifts she had wouldn’t be as g
Jennifer Wardrip
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"I already know the story of Sleeping Beauty." you say to yourself. "Do I really need to read it again?" you ask. Well, let me help you out a little bit.

First, talking to yourself is a completely normal activity; you're not crazy. (Actually, I can't say that for sure, since I don't know you. That, however, is beside the point. Let's just say that talking to yourself is not the deciding factor in determining insanity.) Second, I'm willing to bet yo
Wendy Mass tells charming stories, so it seems natural that she would do a reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty and her Prince Charming. This time around, however, the poor prince lacks a name! His mother's ogre blood prevents her from loving beauty, and it seemed best to avoid giving him one -- you know, just in case he got eaten. These things happen. However, Prince managed to live to become a young adult, and he suddenly realises that his strange life in the palace is actually stranger than it ...more
This version of Sleeping Beauty successfully closed all of the plot holes of the original fairy tale. For instance, with all spindles banished for fear of the princess pricking her finger, how is anyone in the kingdom clothed for 16 years?! Is being perfectly beautiful, graceful, musical, etc really perfectly wonderful?

Wendy Mass brings to life a princess who could be a real-life friend, an endearingly lonely prince and a clever plot to bring the two of them together. Read it and enjoy :)
A fun, perfectly serviceable, occasionally even thoughtful version of Sleeping Beauty. My only major complaint is the current edition's cover, which is a contemporary girl with a sleep mask on, giving the impression that the book is a modernization. *Extremely* false advertising. That being said, for any fourth graders who are on their first of what will be hopefully many fairy tale rewrites, this is a great first block to that foundation. Recommended.
From an entertainment standpoint, this book was great. I enjoyed the chapters changing from one point of view to the other. I thought the storyline was fun. And was a creative spin on sleeping beauty.

However, from a literary standpoint-it was lacking. As I got further along in the book I thought "is there a second book to this?" There was much more development for the first part of the book. Then all of a sudden it was like "oh I only have 25 pages left. Better just sum it up." It was so abrupt.
Hayden Drescher
From the title alone I could tell the story was going to make fun of the timeless story of the helpless woman under a wicked spell. Of course, there's two sides to a story, and finally, someone has told the both of them in a relatable way. Each chapter changes from the prince's point version of story then to the princess, every time with some sort of funny anecdote to make fun of what could have happened, or should have, to some people. The book was a little longer than I anticipated, and actual ...more
Chana Billet
This cute, modern version of this fairytale will delight tweens (and some adults). Full of contemporary voices, Wendy Mass uses her own imagination to create a new telling of this classic tale. A fun read for an adult if you don't have much else on hand, and a great read for female tweens who want to find characters to whom they can relate.
Yvonne Do
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I loved Wendy Mass's realistic take to this classic and "timeless" tale. it was an amazingly fresh, fun, and humorous story. I recommend this book to 4th -8th graders or anyone who simply loves the classic story of sleeping beauty. -monkey wuvs
Now that I've read one of these books and know what to expect from the style, I found myself enjoying this one more than the first. Perhaps it felt more original that the prince had an ogre-ish mother. That storyline kept me engaged and turning pages. Not to mention the connection between the castles. I don't want to give anything away by saying more. It was a fun read and a new twist on Sleeping Beauty.
A cute retelling for younger girls. Due to the cover I thought that the book was a modern retelling, but it really is the typical old-fashioned fairy tale. In fact for the first few chapters it felt very much like a Disney book. Mass finally begins to deviate from the original story about 40 pages in. She gives Sleeping Beauty (Rose) a bit of a personality, but the real character of the story is Prince (who has no name other than Prince). I liked him much more than most standard princes in most ...more
Wendy Mass' version of Sleeping Beauty was not what I expected. From the moment I saw this book I thought it would be a funny parody. Turns out it wasn't. This story seems to be focused on the events in Princess Rose's childhood and The Prince's childhood. As well as how they grow up and how their experiences later they find somehow bonds them in a way so that they are made for eachother. Yet, when they do meet and begin a relationship during the last part of the story they don't all of a sudden ...more
I thought this was such a fun book! It was refreshingly different than the original, which was what I was looking forward to! This would be great for a pre-teenaged girl. It was an easy read, but I was always entertained and excited to see what came next.
Samantha Meredith
I loved the different view points of the story and the fact that I got to know the prince more. In the disney story he just showed up out of nowhere. However, in this story you understood his life and what led him to the princess.
I really enjoyed reading this book-- it was really sweet, light and humorous. It was a very interesting spin on my favourite classic tale. The Prince (who had no given first name) had mother with ogre blood, and ogres are usually depicted as evil. This story gave a fresh spin on it-- her ogre tendencies were not quite as dominate, and she tried desperately to fight them as she was ashamed of it. And the story was different on Rose's side, as her parents were not allowed to go to sleep along with ...more
Nicole Clark
I think that this story of Sleeping Beauty was very well portrayed and very different form what I have read before. I really like that she went back and forth form Sleeping Beauty and the Prince. I really thought it was interesting that the Prince didn't have name. It was a different twist in the story to have the princes have to fight off the bushes and the enchantments by himself and not before the time was right. Overall I thought that it was a good story.
Not much fun to read if you already know the sleeping beauty tale. Younger kids would love it, but as someone who has heard the story over and over. Not much was offered here. On to the next.
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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