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The Secret Lives of Princesses

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  857 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Go beyond Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella! Some princesses are well-known to all children—but others, equally magical (and sometimes, a lot funnier) have remained anonymous, mysterious, and far from the fairy-tale crowd.

Now these captivating ladies are finally stepping out of the shadows where they’ve remained hidden for far too long. With wit, sublime humor, and beautiful
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Sterling (first published January 1st 2004)
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anca dc
Sep 01, 2011 anca dc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Citita cu zimbetul pe buze si pufnituri de ris, cartea i-a dezvaluit fetei-cu-parul-de-nuca numeroase si amuzante printese cu ale lor seminte, lacrimi, evantaie, instrumente, retete culinare, palate si, binenteles, printi. Prin descrierea ritmata, realizata cu maiestrie in traducerea lui Serban Foarta, toate aceste “accesorii” ale lumii de printesa ne sunt prezentate in buchete de explicatii frumos imbogatite prin ilustratiile realizate de Rébecca Dautremer. Detaliile si desenele vii si colorate ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Aug 03, 2010 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Danielle at There's a Book
Sure, you know all about the fairy tale princesses. There's that Cinderella chick and her pumpkin coach. Another fell asleep for a hundred years or so. And wasn't there one who had crazy-long hair? Sure, you know them.

You don't know these princesses.

Covering a gamut of traits, from Princess Hot-Head to Princess Eelizabeth (not a typo), you will learn all about princesses that you didn't know existed. Each princess has a lovely full-color, full-page portrait and a brief biography. Two of my favor
Alice Rachel
Aug 02, 2016 Alice Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You SO need to read this beautiful book!!!!
Aug 23, 2014 Inma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He disfrutado mucho con su lectura, que me ha parecido divertida, imaginativa y muy original. ¡Nunca habría imaginado que existen tal cantidad de princesas!

Porque... ¿Conocéis vosotros a la princesa Blandina? ¿Y a la princesa Deletrea de Eritrea? ¿Habéis oído hablar de las princesas Dorremí, Fasolá o Cuarto de Luna? ¿Alguien ha visto a la princesa Mirameh?
Gracias a este libro conoceréis una completa lista con cada una de esas princesas menos famosas y que, sin duda, merecen ser conocidas. "Porqu
Jun 13, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Gelezen als afleiding van de voetbalmatch en weer zo mooi! Ben echt fan van de tekeningen en gevoel voor humor van Rebecca Dautremer. Wil het graag nog eens opnieuw lezen en bekijken. Alleen al voor zinnen als "het toeval is een verhaal waar we de afloop niet van kennen " of " geheimen zitten gevangen en ze denken alleen maar aan ontsnappen ". Nu dromen van deze vergeten prinsessen!
This was a sweet and very entertaining read about some long forgotten princesses. I only wished I could have read it outloud to the daugther I don't have, it is just that kind of book.
Dec 29, 2010 nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, cybils
This book was an absolute dream on a day like today. It was rainy and windy and awful and terrible. No matter where you stood in the school library, you just heard the pounding of weather against the building. My 45 minute commute by car was no better. When I got home and threw myself on the couch (in a very Princess Miss Hap like manner if I do say so myself), all I wanted to do was sink my teeth into a hot bowl of chili and flip through something that took me far, far away from the wet ...more
Tasneem  Zafer
Aug 27, 2012 Tasneem Zafer rated it it was amazing
I saw this attractive big book at Kadi & Ramadi's library and I instantly fell in love with its absolute creatively crazy idea and its beautifully detailed illustrations!
A standing ovation all the way from Jeddah to Paris goes to Rebecca's teacher for recognizing Rebecca's talent and encouraging her to specialize in children's book illustrations!! And to Rebecca Dauteremer herself for illustrating such an awesome book wonderfully. No one could've done it better!

What's so unique and captivati
Aud din ce în ce mai mulți adulți supărați pe prințesele Disney, cele care i-au făcut să creadă din copilărie că nu trebuie să faci mai nimic decât să te porți cum trebuie pentru ca totul să se termine cu bine. Sunt de acord cu ei, viața nu funcționează așa și nu e deloc rău să aflăm lucrurile astea din copilărie. Lor le propun să fie cititorii Prințeselor date uitării sau necunoscute. Dacă le va plăcea, să le-o recomande și copiilor.

Volumul, semnat de Phillipe Lechermeier și ilustrat de Rébecca
I saw this book on a princess display in a bookstore, and I wanted to like it, but in paging through it I was too off-put by a lot of the representations of non-white princesses (it felt sort of like tokenizing/exoticizing) to want to read the whole thing.

It also perpetuates various problematic gender/sexuality assumptions. For example, princesses become queens by marrying (not by, for example, inheriting in their own right, my best friend pointed out). There is mention that some princesses stay
Just when you think you know all the princesses in the world, along comes this book to introduce you to some that may strike a little close to home! Or do I mean close to castle? I am definitely related to Princess Paige who climbs the thousand stairs to her library where she reads everything! Her find the perfect pair of reading glasses! She divides her days into chapters and gives them each a title. She speaks only in verse and knows the dictionary by heart! A princess after my own ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Juanjo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valió la pena crear una página por este maravilloso libro, y así lograr ver que varias personas pueden dejar las mil y un emociones que este valioso libro produce, no sólo por la impecable linea y selección de colores y ideas de Rebecca Dautremer, pero también por la narrativa cautivadora de Philiphe Lechermier (También trabajan juntos en "El Diario Secreto de Pulgarcito) y notan una sincronía impecable, un gusto de principio a fin.
Jun 11, 2016 Kathryn rated it liked it
The art work is phenomenal. I could skip the words and just look at each beautiful page. The story isn't really a story, but a telling of all different kinds of princesses. I'm not sure a child would necessarily like the book, but an adult surely would.
Jul 21, 2016 Maite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nunca me había leído de principio a fin este libro, pero me ha gustado mucho. Las ilustraciones son preciosas y me encantan las descripciones de las princesas y los objetos y lugares relacionados con ellas.
Oct 26, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Funny book of dysfunctional make-believe princesses.. great art.
Jan 18, 2012 Yesica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just amazing! The best investment ever!
Melanie Knight
Nov 03, 2016 Melanie Knight rated it liked it
Shelves: beauty
This book is visually lovely. Ms. Dautremer's illustration is the most important element to this book for me. The princesses' stories are witty, full of puns and silliness. And it was refreshing to see a multi-cultural representation. However, it was also rife with gendered stereotypes and tones of misogyny. Most of the princesses are annoying in ways that are associated with negative aspects of "feminine" behavior (e.g. misandry, spoiled, too talkative, manipulative, etc.) I was really hoping ...more
Jillian Tullish
Feb 28, 2014 Jillian Tullish rated it liked it
Shelves: tullish-3-5
The Secret Lives of Princesses tells the story of the unconventional and sometimes forgotten princesses. This artfully illustrated book is an interactive book that connect childrens lives and interests to princesses. This book contains stories of overlooked and slightly more common princesses. It is filled with surprising tips from princesses that you didn’t know they had the international alphabet of fans where it deciphers the body language of waving a fan. Also, dance steps you can teach ...more
Sophie Riggsby
Nov 19, 2010 Sophie Riggsby rated it it was amazing
I bought this story book for my two daughters and I have to admit that I loved it as much as they did.

The illustrations are gorgeous, detailed and very whimsical. Look, for example, at Princess Oblivia and then read the accompanying text:
She misses all appointments, never catches the train on time, and arrives at the theater either one week early or three days late.

She is related to Cinderella who was so absentminded that she completely forgot that her carriage would transform into a pumpkin a
Concetta Kellough
Sep 09, 2016 Concetta Kellough rated it it was amazing
Too cute!
Sarah Sammis
Oct 13, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
cover art (Lechermeierk goes to Powells)The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier is presented as an encyclopedia to all things princess. It includes biographies of princesses, like Claire Voyant, Tangra-La, and Babbling Brooke to name a few. There are also pages about castles, elephants (for travel) and other miscellany.

For each entry there is a gorgeous, intricate and whimsical illustration. These paintings are so amazing that we could only get through about five pages a night as
Nov 23, 2010 BookKids rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows of the world's most famous princesses, but what of the world's most mysterious princesses? Have you ever encountered Princess Molly Coddle or Princess Babbling Brooke? Have you ever heard Princess Quartermoon howling with the wolves or gotten an ear-full from Princess Hot Head?

This utterly stunning book is filled with whimsy and holds between its pages the tales of these unique royal ladies, keeps their secrets captive, and even offers a few tips for the princess to be. Dear Reade
I first saw this in Serbian and didn't know what it was called. Thankfully, I recently spotted it on a Barnes & Noble newsletter! Hooray for European books being published over our way. The illustrations are incredible, and what is done with the color red is amazing. Pair that with the heavy paper and large format, and you have a great book for a princess fan who may be Disneyed out (ha, as if that ever happens). These unique princesses have names like Princess Primandproper, who "doesn't ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In diesem wunderschönen Kunstwerk von einem Buch erfährt man, dass Prinzessinnen aus Blumen wachsen und man kann das internationale Fächeralphabet lernen.
Die wunderschönen großen Illustrationen sind zum verlieben schön gelungen, aber auch die Texte konnten mich zum Schmunzeln und zum Lachen bringen.
In diesem Buch steckt auf jeder einzelnen Seite sehr viele Liebe zum Detail und es sprüht vor Kreativität.
Für Kinder finde ich es nicht geeignet. Nicht nur, dass die Texte schwieriger sind, auch die
Feb 16, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a thoroughly unique and clever book; full of beautiful art pages and fun descriptions. We learn about Princess Miss Hap who is always clumsy, and Princess Anne Phibian who loves frogs, and Princess Claire Voyant who sees the future. It is fashioned like an encyclopedia with maps and definitions of all you’d need to know of the various princesses. I thought it would be a quick read but I savored it over several days to enjoy the illustrations and the new world of princesses presented to ...more
Sassy School Counselor
Jun 07, 2013 Sassy School Counselor rated it really liked it
Shelves: ice-breakers
The illustrations are beautiful and the words hysterical, this is such a good book. I really do enjoy the sly humor and detailed artwork, but I also love using this book for an icebreaker with my artistic students. The book is fairly long, so last year I read a few of my favorite pages to my older 4th-5th grade students. We discussed the poems and what they taught us about each princess or prince. As a fun icebreaker I then had each student create their own princess or prince and poem that ...more
Sep 05, 2016 Arya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princesas olvidadas o desconocidas es original y entretenido, con algunos tintes de humor y hermosas ilustraciones. Un libro que da a conocer a unas princesas un tanto especiales, distintas a las que estamos acostumbrados a ver, princesas muy curiosas a las que Philippe Lechermeier y Rébecca Dautremer han querido rendir un pequeño homenaje. (...) un libro muy completo que te enseña que, a falta de un vestido bonito o una corona, todas podemos ser princesas si somos nosotras mismas, porque todas ...more
Alexis Fedor
Jan 06, 2013 Alexis Fedor rated it it was amazing
This book warmed my heart the moment I laid eyes on it in the children's toy store I was browsing before the holidays. I bought it as a gift to myself, and it has been awakening and nurturing the inner princess within me since. I'm so grateful for its message that every female has a princess inside her that is unique and deserving of fulfilling all of her needs and wants in order to blossom and flourish into the beautiful woman she is meant to be. This book is meant for women of all ages, I ...more
An encyclopedia and diary in one about unknown princesses. Makes complete fun of all the regular princess characteristics by making these princesses far from perfect, ex. instead of a princess of light, this is a princess of dark, and instead of a slim princess, this is a gluttonous one. The art style is different for each princess, even so all of it is unique. If you are bored of the stereotypical types, read this parody of princesses and have a few laughs. Recommended for older children, as ...more
Rana G.
Mar 31, 2016 Rana G. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone. Every girl young or old.
Shelves: favorites
the best picture book of princesses ever made, weather for the ones who want to be one, or the ones who used to be one.
This lovely book will renew, restore, or build your love for princesses because you will find yourself through the pages, represented as a princess, in the best way possible.
Many awesome, creative, strange princesses. Unlike any presumptions of princesses, all very different, diverse, unique, yet relatable.
The illustrations alone are enough to make anyone fall in love with t
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