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Long ago and far away . . .

There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was a castle that glittered and sparkled and rose majestically above the banks of the winding Winono River: the Castle Corona.

And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that neither...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2007)
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Judith
I enjoyed this a lot, but even so, I found it undercooked at several points. I don't think Creech was attempting a radical overhaul of the fairy tale genre, or a "fractured" fairy tale approach--the giveaway there for me was the introduction of Princess Fabrizia:

"It would be wonderful to say that Princess Fabrizia was the strongest, wisest, bravest and kindest of all the King's children, but alas she was frail and foolish and, above all else, afraid of every little thing".

So, not overt feminist...more
Gina
When I saw this I thought, holy crap! Sharon Creech wrote a fairy tale! Yay!
Alas, it started well, but fizzled. :( It's like she wrote it on the toilet but then finished shitting just when it was getting good.
Rebecca
In the Castle Corona lives the discontented royal family. In the village live the discontented orphans Pia and Enzio. Eventually their paths cross.

I completely didn’t get the point of this book. Virtually nothing happened. The characters changed somewhat, but not a lot, and I guess it was just too subtle for me. It reminded me of 'Criss Cross,' which won the Newbery, and I completely didn’t get that, either. I tend to like books in which nothing happens, but the nothing books I love always have...more
Miriam
Creech sets the stage well enough: there is a castle, with a royal family of five useless, discontent, and rather stupid individuals. In a nearby village there are a poor, orphaned brother and sister. And there are a couple of hermits. The problem is that nothing happens. The book is like a "fairy tale twist" short story that was somehow dragged out from 35 pages to 300, but without any additional action or character development. The whole thing was just... boring. Even the illustrations, which...more
Aimee
I have loved almost everything Creech has ever written. No one can capture the inner lives of her characters like Sharon Creech. She writes with such tenderness for all her characters the reader can't help but feel the same. Set in medieval times, Castle Corona tells parallel stories of the people that live within and outside the castle walls. My favorite character was the Wordsmith, who occasionally entertains the court with the power of his stories. Fans of Creech will not be disappointed with...more
Jackie Liu
I picked up this book because my friend and I really liked Sharon Creech, although after I finished this book, I felt like this book is a bit of a let down from Sharon. This book is worse than her oter books, although I still think it is very good. I liked the story a lot. It's just that Sharon put a lot of things in the story, but didn't explain them all. It gives me a headache when I think and wonder about too many things.
This book had many great parts in it. I loved it. I really really did. B...more
Maren
I like Sharon Creech, even though all her books are a little quirky. What I think is cool is that each book is quirky in its own way--and she has written a lot of books. How does she come up with so many completely unique ideas? (The only ones that sort of have related quirkiness are Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, but they are obviously companion books.) So this book was strange in a way, but that is just Sharon Creech. It was satirizing fairy tales which had me chuckling throughout, but was r...more
Judy
I really enjoyed this book, especially in parts. I agree with some other reviewers that it did not follow through on some fabulous potential that had been set up and that the ending was something of a disappointment. From the middle part to the three quarter mark I was entranced by the characters starting to shift and grow depth, and couldn't for the life of me work out what was going to happen and how it was all going to turn out. But I was expecting too much it seems, because the ending was ge...more
Luann
I gave this book an extra star because of the beautiful illuminations by David Diaz. The story itself for me was worth three stars. It was good, but not spectacular. The characters were somewhat flat and just played the typical role of "king" or "queen" or "princess" until almost the end. Which isn't necessarily bad, but I enjoyed the book a lot more once they became individuals with personalities. I did really like the two peasant children and the hermits.
Kayla
The book was okay and I ejoyed reading it.It makes you think, if you lived in a place with kings and queens how would you feel?It also makes you think about if you were the king and queen,would you feel like you did the same thing every day, and it was becoming boring?What if you were the princess, would you be stuck up or humble?It was not, however, a book that I could not put down.
Cheryl in CC NV
A fairly classic fairy tale, but updated with active girls and plenty of humor. No magic though. I felt like a child again, so happy to be immersed in the kingdom.
J.L. Burger
Sorry, but I have to give a thumbs-down to this book. Some neat ideas, but it just moves way too slow and the writing style is too cutesy for my taste.

I started reading this because my daughter took it out of the library after loving 'Walk Two Moons'. I can see why some people might dig this writing style, but I just found it too intentionally amusing and cutesy -- I prefer when the reading is so fluent that one is not aware of the writer's presence. In this book, I was almost ALWAYS aware of th...more
Grace
Summary: The Castle Corona is a lively tale about a royal family (king, queen, princess, and two princes) and two orphan peasants. The king loves sleeping and hates his itchy robes. The queen hates always being less than the king. One prince is a poet, the other, a warrior. The princess is spoiled and rude, but doesn't seem to enjoy being this way. The two orphan siblings work hard for a mean master, just as many fairytale characters do. The book starts out with the peace in the kingdom being di...more
Andrea
I think that children will not find this book very exciting, but did like it and will recommend it. There are spoiled rich royality, wise hermits who are not really wise, just knowing and honest (wait, maybe that is what wisdom is?), and then the surprising reaction the peasants have to the unexpected delivery of abundant free good and goods. Reading this book reminds me about the World Book Night. This is a book give away. Givers are suppose to give books to non-readers, or infrequent readers,...more
Mara
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yes, because it is pretty and simple and looks like a kid’s book, which it is. The bright colors and the castle caught my attention even at the age of 20, so I can only imagine how crazy I would have gone over it as a kid.

Characters: Enzio and Pia, our two protagonists, are adventurous, intelligent, and all in all rather likable kids. The other characters have an amazing amount of personality for a story as short and simple as this one, and they are all good characters in...more
Evy
May 08, 2010 Evy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marissa
Sharon Creech has, with no doubt, created a story that will last from generation to generation. THE CASTLE CORONA takes its readers into an unknown land. There you meet a restless King, a sincere Queen, a poetic Prince, a fussy Princess, and an adventurous Spare Prince. But they are not the only ones. Two excitable and lowly peasants, their lazy Master, a mysterious old woman, and many Kings' Men. There is also a hermit who is wise, a Count and Countess, a dear cook, a fat man, two mysterious ca...more
Robin
The first author to win both the Newbery Medal (for Walk Two Moons) and the Carnegie Medal (for Ruby Holler) here deviates from her general habit of depicting present-day kids in dramatic situations. Instead, she conjures a make-believe kingdom somewhere in medieval Italy, with a king and a queen, a princess and two princes, hermits, peasants, servants, and knights.

King Guido of the Castle Corona is a silly, idle, indecisive king who is afraid of snakes, given to over-eating, and more intereste...more
Amber
This book was okay.
The reason it got a 2/5 was because there was no real plot, no problem. At the beginning, you would think it was about a theif stealing something, but then as you read along, you realize that it's not. This book was probably just about misunderstandings.

The over all writing style and word choice was okay, not the best but enough to keep me reading the book dispite it having no plot.
The characters were okay too, not too cliche but still is cliche, for example, the princess just...more
Cleo
The Castle Corona, also by Sharon Creech, is an excellent fantasy MG novel. It's the story of a castle, with "a king who longed for a nap, and queen who yearned for solitude, and a prince who loved poetry, and a princess who loved herself, and a spare prince who loved his sword, and a hermit who was wise." It's also the story of a village and "a peasant girl who dreamed of flying, and a peasant boy who dreamed of horses, and a master who dreamed of turnips, and an old woman who kept secrets." So...more
Beverly
The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech

Summary:

Long ago and far away . . .

There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was a castle that glittered and sparkled and rose majestically above the banks of the winding Winono River: the Castle Corona.

And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that neither jewels nor gold nor splendid finery could please him, for what he longed for most w...more
Thomas
One of the things I've enjoyed about Sharon Creech's novels is the way that she takes several seemingly disconnected threads of her story and weaves them together into a complete tale that makes perfect sense, once seen from the right perspective. They also have a habit of coming full-circle, so that it's almost like looking at a Möbius strip, and in The Castle Corona, the author doesn't disappoint in this respect.

The thing of it is, when one is more attuned to the fact that this is how the auth...more
Bonnie Gayle
Jan 25, 2008 Bonnie Gayle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young fans of "Long Ago and Far Away" stories, and also The Prince and the Pauper
This book confused me in a way. This is because I could not figure out the recommended age of the reader: it was a very simple and childlike story, despite a little work with symbolism, but the vocabulary and length were not what a younger child could handle. Overall, it was a little younger of a story than I prefer to read, yet one that would be perfect for a read aloud to a group of children, or for a bedtime story.

The story takes place "long ago and far away" and is about 2 different groups o...more
~karen
Truly, Sharon Creech isn't one of my favorite authors. I've read Walk Two Moons and Bloomability, and I was disappointed by both of them. I picked this up on a whim because it had a king and a queen, a princess, and a castle -- all components that my daughter loves in a story.

I decided to buy this book on audio because we needed a new book for the car, and I'm glad I did. It's told very much like a storyteller tells a fairytale, and I honestly don't know that we would have liked it as much in bo...more
Mary Lee
I'm pretty sure Sharon Creech has already written this book once before. Maybe twice. Plucky brother and sister orphans who are mistreated but wind up in the care of interesting grandparent-ly people. Wasn't that Ruby Holler? Merge the brother and sister into one girl character, throw in storytelling and a search for identity. Wasn't that Walk Two Moons?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Obviously these story bones have great resonance for Sharon Creech, and I think any child who reads by...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I am baffled as to what this book and its author attempted to achieve. It is not the most exciting adventure story; it does not quite have any profound messages that are not preached by the characters or conveyed subtly by the tale and the events; it deviates from the strength of a traditional fairy tale and has a lot of tedious details about each of the character; it does not incorporate fractured fairy tale traditions in rich and enchanting world-building (such as McKinley's Beauty or Levine's...more
Collin
Very fairytale-like in a happy sort of way. The queen was a great character, and I didn't want to throw up all over Pia's and Gianni's burgeoning puppy love which was a good sign.

There's something enchanting about Sharon Creech's writing that draws you in. Half a star for that, so 3.5. Rec'd if you like simple, pretty, kind of adorable fairytales with hermits (male and female), orphans who don't steal so much as borrow, and queens who dream of making her kingdom happier.
Alicia Williams
Ugh. I haven't felt like I wasted time on a book in a long while so I guess I'm due. This is certainly it! Lots of alluded-to mysterious objects that are never exposed. Laughably-caricatured characters. I thought for sure the author was leading up to some big exposition where they would all actually learn something; it never happened. A prince who pines because he can't marry a servant girl? Hello? Your own mother was a hard-working, bean-farming peasant when she married your father, you dolt! T...more
Christina
Creech bases a majority of her characters, plotline, and even dialogue on age-old stereotypes of archetypical characters that are commonly seen in fairy tales. That is to say, there is not much to them. I have a feeling this result was on purpose - a sarcastic poke at the fantasy genre. The two orphan characters are the only characters that seem somewhat real, rather than simply literary stereotypes. However by the end of the novel, readers do come to see the noble family as more than mere super...more
Lauren Stoolfire
When I spotted this at the bookstore I was so excited to see that Sharon Creech had written a fairytale. The cover design and the illustrations by David Diaz are absolutely beautiful and added to the high hopes I had for the tale. However, I'll admit I was kind of disappointed because it has all the elements and lots of potential, but it just didn't deliver as the factors that made it work started to drop off three quarters of the way through the fairytale. Keep in mind that The Castle Corona is...more
Heidi
This is a book for fans of stories about ancient kingdoms, princesses and princes and the peasants who always dream of a better life. The story is told from multiple perspectives, so the reader gains insight into the thoughts of the king, queen, princes, and princesses as well as the peasants who dwell in their kingdom. It was an enjoyable story but not one that I will likely remember in a few months' time.
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