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The Princess Knight

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,401 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Cornelia Funke, author of the international best-seller THE THIEF LORD, makes her brilliant debut as a picture-book writer with this winning tale of a young princess's adventure!

Violet is a young princess who wishes she could show the world that she is just as brave and strong as her brothers. But her strict father insists that she get married, and her brothers only mock h
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Chicken House (first published 2001)
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Apr 11, 2011 Manybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in strong female characters, knightly fairy tales
Originally published in German as Der geheimnisvolle Ritter Namenlos (which can be roughly translated as the mysterious knight no-name), Cornelia Funke's clever tale of a little princess, who, after the death of her mother, is taught by her father the same lessons and knightly pursuits he is teaching his sons, is both entertaining and empowering (a great story for all children, and not just little girls). Violetta is smaller than her brothers, and of course, like many younger siblings, she recei ...more
I was reading this book for the Children's Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and I was so into this book! “The Princess Knight” is a children's book by Cornelia Funke along with illustrations by Kerstin Meyer and it is about a young woman named Violetta who ends up competing with the other knights to become the best knight in her father's kingdom. “The Princess Knight” is a truly brilliant book that shows women in a strong light that every child will definitely love for many years! ...more
Aug 18, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this picture book by renowned author Cornelia Funke. Having read her (perhaps overly long and detailed but still lovely) novel Inkheart, I was curious how her style would translate to picture books.

By and large, I enjoyed the story. There wasn't really anything "special" in the telling (such as really vibrant word choice or a unique author style) but the story itself was definitely fun and captivating. I love that it's a "strong princess" story without trying to fly in the face of all
Lisa Vegan
Aug 18, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Loved it! The story is very sweet and very funny. It’s a shame, though, that these gender themed stories are still even necessary, the “girls can do what boys can do” stories. I even checked the date, hoping this was penned in the 1970s or earlier, but no, the original copyright for the story & pictures is 2001.

But, it’s a lovely original fairy tale. The illustrations are amusing and aesthetically pleasing, if taking the context of the story into account. I enjoyed the tale very much also. T
Crystal Marcos
The Princess Knight is a good read for any child and especially a little girl. It shows that girls can do anything that a boy can do. In the case of the little princess, she has the skill to do even better than her brothers and other knights. When the princess was a baby her mother died and the king raised her the only way he knew how, which was to raise her as he had her brothers. The princess was much smaller than her brothers and they often teased her. She trained secretly herself and became ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Knightly Princesses
Shelves: picture-books
A very cute story of a little princess who is raised to to do all the things that her brothers do like jousting, horseback riding and sword fighting. Violetta is however teased by her brothers because she is smaller and not as strong as they are. She is determined to get better thus sneaks out of the castle each night to practice. In no time, Violetta is jousting and fighting better than her brothers and they begin to tease her less and less. On Violetta's sixteenth birthday her father announces ...more
I actually ended up quite enjoying this book!
I'm always a little hesitant that 'strong female character books' will end up being, not so much that, as 'lazy-stupid-classless male books.'

Thankfully (even though there was indeed some of that in this book) I felt our princess held her own and made herself a protagonist from her own hard work and dedication.

Yes, I would have liked for there to be at least one prince or knight that wasn't so stereotypical, but other than that I didn't really have to
Apr 10, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a terrific tale about a princess who learns to keep up and even beat the boys, in her own way. She is not as strong or as loud, but she is hard working and determined to be good at what she does. She doesn't come by her talent too easily - there is an illustration of the poor girl's bruises being tended to by her nursemaid. She is persistent, though, and in the end it pays off. We really enjoyed this story and we loved the ending. The illustrations are wonderful and I love that features ...more
Bibiana Jurado
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Amy Forrester
Mar 24, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Princess Violetta was born her mother died. Her father didn’t know what to do, so he raised Violetta just like her 3 older brothers. At first her brothers laughed at her because she was too small to lift a sword and fell off her horse. But Violetta was determined and every night she snuck out of the castle and practiced until she was better than her brothers. On her 16th birthday the king decides to hold a jousting tournament and the champion knight will win the princesses hand in marriage. ...more
Oct 06, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: K-6
Reading Level: Late Early/Transitional Readers
Curricular Uses: Read-Aloud, Independent Reading
Topic: Princesses
Theme: A princess can be as strong as a male, reversing the theme that princesses must be rescued by princes
Literary Elements: Dialogue, fairy tale language (and she lived happily ever after), humor
Illustrations: The illustrations are not as bright and exciting as they could be, and they do not reinforce the text as much as they could.
Additional Commen
Sabrina Rutter
May 20, 2010 Sabrina Rutter rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about a king who had a lot of sons, but only one daughter. The queen passed away when the princess was only a baby so she was left to be raised by the king who decided her upbringing would be no different than her brothers.
The little princess in this story shows our children that they can achieve whatever goal they desire with a lot of hard work and determination, to not let others bully them into not believing in themself, and that all that hard work might pay off in a big
Aug 30, 2011 Eden rated it liked it
The king has three sons and has raised them how his father raised him. But the queen has another child, a daughter this time, and the queen passed away after giving birth.
The little princess was named Violetta and with the queen being gone, her father was left to raise her and he raised the same way he raised his sons - to be great knights.
But Violetta's brothers pick on her for being so small, for not being able to ride well or walk around in armor.
But she doesn't give up. She is determined to
Oct 16, 2016 Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This delightful children's book is an excellent example of fairy tale setting literature that focuses on female empowerment. As an elementary educator, I'm constantly trying to find literature that embraces diversity and highlights resilient characters. Violet, the princess in our story, faces challenges and an education that is traditionally male focused. Through her journey, she is able to come into her own and make decisions that impact her life. Rather than being told what to do, she bucks t ...more
Well done. Love that canny princess and her rose shield. Funke writes great fairy tales, we all love Igraine the Brave as well. The author blurb (I was looking to see how to pronounce "Funke". Is it "funk-ee" I wonder? that's what we call her at my house because we have a very low threshold for amusing ourselves) describes her as the "German J. K. Rowling", which I can see, but then it got me think how awesome it would be if Rowling also wrote marvelous fairy tales for younger kids.
Jul 01, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book put a smile on my face. I loved how the princess took her future into her own hands and showed that she was a strong person who could make decisions for herself. She proved to be quite capable of making up her own mind. I especially loved the ending, it was a sweet and simple. I would recommend.

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Jan 08, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books-jp
A book that would have been on my daughter's shelves when she was little had it been around. I especially liked how she learned to improve her skills by teaching herself how to do things her way - and changed her situation through action. A nice offering for girls when the market seems to be flooded with pink and purple fancies and frills.
Nov 06, 2013 Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-12
I like this 'girl power' type book for kids. Lots of very cute illustrations and a good ending to the book.
Aug 26, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
27 months - Yay for girls being able to do what the boys do! This is a fun read for a little girl.

35 months - found a near mint hard copy at the Goodwill and had to have it!
Heather Carrillo
Pretty humorous. I really just had time to kill at the library and nothing else I could read in fifteen or so minutes.
Cassandra Gelvin
Oct 31, 2016 Cassandra Gelvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princesses can be knights, too.

It's cute. Definitely a good message of female empowerment. I'm not sure it would resonate well with boys who read it because of that, but it's more of an answer to traditional fairy tales. It's not saying girls are better than boys, it's just saying that girls shouldn't be treated as property.

A king has three sons, who he wants to be better at fighting and jousting than his knights. He has a daughter, but the queen dies in childbirth, so he raises the daughter the
Allison D
Oct 19, 2016 Allison D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Princess Knight is about a girl with three brothers. Her mom died when she was born so her dad raises her just like her brothers. She is a lot weaker than them but works secretly at night to become better than them all. Her dad says that they will have a dual to find her a husband. She does not want to have a husband who acts like these knights so she secretly dresses up as a knight and fights for her own hand in marriage.
This is a good story for feminism because it shows that boys are not a
Joanne Roberts
Jan 18, 2017 Joanne Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and well-written with lovely line art. Ink and watercolor tells the story in simple detail. The story might be slightly wordy but is reminiscent of traditional German fairy tales. Very typical of this author. Strong message of a girl who must overcome ridicule and prejudice by hard work and resourcefulness. Main character chooses her own path. The beginning is funny when the king teaches his boys noisy things. The end breaks from tradition.
Mar 24, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Here is another story of girl empowerment showing how a princess can be both a knight and a princess. This story is very similar in broad strokes in theme to Disney's Brave. I liked it a lot. Great illustrations.
Hannah Givens
Nothing unexpected, but done well, and the illustrations are detailed enough for a kid to spend some time looking.
Jul 15, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
King Wilfred does a wonderful job of raising his sons to be just like him, but when he has a daughter, Violetta, and his wife dies then what is he to do? He decides to also raise her just like him. Her brothers who are strong and brave beat her at everything they do, and they even make fun of her because of her size and lack of strength. Violetta decides she is going to start learning and doing things her own way. When the King decides to hold a knight competition in order to win Violetta's hand ...more
Christy Johnson
Feb 11, 2014 Christy Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I happened across this book when I was cleaning the library of a local school- I swear it called out to me. Yep. It knew my name and my greatest weakness. Overcome by the siren call of this seeming innocent book I picked it up before I had a chance to fight against the spell the title and the whimsical cover art cast on me. Okay, it was a book, so I wasn't *really* going to fight over any spell a book cast on me. When a book presents itself to me and says, 'Read me! Read me!' like Alice to her c ...more
In The Princess Knight, after raising his daughter Violetta to be able to ride horses, sword fight, and joust as well, if not better than, his three sons, King Wilfred announces that in honor of her sixteenth birthday he will hold a tournament. The winner, he tells her, will be offered her hand in marriage. "So put on your finest gown and practice your prettiest smile."

Violetta revolts. "You want me to marry some dimwit in a tin suit? Just look at your own knights! They whip their horses and the
Karly Winters
This is a book of my choosing that is about a princess named Violetta, who was raised in the same way her older brothers were trained, but she wasn’t as good as them. So she practiced every day, trying to get better, but everyone still made fun of her. So, with the help of one of the servants, Violetta continued to keep practicing. What she lacked in skill, she made up for in determination. Time passed, and Violetta became faster and nimble to the point that her brothers stopped making fun of he ...more
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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