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Thrice Upon a Marigold

(Upon a Marigold #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Princess Poppy, the bouncing baby daughter of Queen Marigold and King Christian of Zandelphia-Beaurivage, is in terrible danger. The kingdom’s former torturer-in-chief and poisoner-in-chief have joined forces to kidnap the baby as an act of revenge for their exile! Can a ragtag parade of rescuers—including the king and queen, the evil kidnappers’ mortified children, five d ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
In some ways this is the silliest of the three. It's also the most dramatic & adventurous. I love Phoebe, the librarian, and Sebastian, the smith, even though they're a little implausibly wonderful. Well, as the subtitle says, this is a caper. I'm glad I read it, but I think my favorite remains the first.

I will continue to look for more by the author.

"When you don't know or can't know the answer to a question, why not believe the answer that you like best?"
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-owned
Way better than the second one and what a great addition to the character list. How can you not fall in love with a librarian who loves words and random facts. And when she meets a blacksmith who uses the perfect word for every situation and her love for those words ahhhhhhhhh how I sighed in love with the two of them. Honestly just melted thinking about them again.

Our beloved king and queen have just had a baby! They love her so much the partially ignore their digs and their kingdom. Just when
Madeleine S.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Thrice Upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris was a hilarious, keep you entertained type of book.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not as strong as the first two books, IMHO. It felt like a weird combination of silly and serious with Vlad and Boris being torturer and poisoner. Although murder is threatened in the first book it never feels that real and I'm sure there's a point made that Olympia didn't too anything as bad as she might have liked as the dungeons were empty and people were exiled instead. However, here, we're expected to believe in a reign of terror with torture and poison. For me, that didn't work with the se ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was fun, but not nearly as wonderful as the first two books.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Phoebe and Sebastian. They were so sweet and fun and hilarious. But their story wasn't nearly as wonderful as Marigold and Christian - who, by the way, are way less fun in this book.
Overall, it's a decent story. But somehow, this book felt like it had been written for a younger crowd and was being spoon-fed to the reader a lot more. I didn't love that, but I adored the first book enough t
Baige Bell
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute final installment. I liked it better than the second book, but it still doesn't quite have the same magic as the first. I like the new characters introduced in this story, and it's a really quick read. Again, this series is perfect for middle grade readers!
Cecilia Rodriguez
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
When the infant Princess Poppy is kidnapped,
it's up to Phoebe the court librarian to rescue
With the help from Sebastian, the two track down their
fathers and wrangle with a dragon.
A funny fairy tale that also has a romance.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was not as hilarious as I remember the first two being but it was still entertaining. It has been a number of years since I read the first two so my impression of this one could be skewed.
Mallorie Jones
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just awwww! 😙
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all three books in this series of mixed-up fairy tales. I’m glad we discovered this light-hearted humorous set of books.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just a cute fun read. Always so nice to read the story of Queen Marigold and King Christian with their new baby Princess Poppy! Can we take a moment and just think about how cute that name is?? Anyway, highly recommend it if you have read the previous two books!
3 chocolate whoopie pies.

Cover Love: Not really, but it is whimsical like the book!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I adored Once Upon a Marigold and Twice Upon a Marigold, the first two books in this series. I was so excited to hear there was a third one.

Romance?: Yes! Not only do we get to revisit Christian and Marigold, but another romance is brewing between Phoebe and Sebastian, two new characters.

My Thoughts:
If you haven't read the first and second in this series please do! The kingdom that Chris
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the kingdom of Zandelphia-Beaurivage, everyone celebrates the birth of Princess Poppy to King Christian and Queen Marigold...except perhaps former court torturer Boris and former court poisoner Vlad, who were exiled from the city when Christian ousted the evil Queen Olympia. They left behind them their children, Phoebe, daughter of Boris, and Sebastian, son of Vlad. Phoebe and Sebastian were thrilled to get away from their evil fathers, but no so thrilled that people in the kingdom seemed dis ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Christian and Marigold have a beautiful baby girl, Poppy. Everyone is celebrating except the children of those that have been banished and are in hiding, Phoebe and Sebastian. Unfortunately, those banished fathers kidnap Poppy in revenge. This leads to an odd assortment of people attempting to rescue Poppy. Half of the book focuses on the bad guys and half of the book focuses on the good. Phoebe and Sebastian team up to find the princess, clear their names/reputation (sins of the father
Clare Rossetter
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd-7th grade readers
Recommended to Clare by: no-one
An interesting tale of two young outcasts, Sebastian and Phoebe who are called upon to help the king and queen rescue their baby from two evil doers. It has all the elements of a fairy tale, however, at times these elements seem put there just because.
The really fun thing for me as a teacher about this book is the vocabulary. Sebastian uses words that Phoebe as a librarian finds interesting. They are written in a different font from the rest of the text so that students will notice them. These a
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, chick-lit
Let me just say that when I found out this book existed, I rejoiced.

Since I was a hu-u-ge fan of Once Upon A Marigold and Twice Upon A Marigold, when I stumbled upon this in the library, I had to take it home with me.

However, once I showed it to my sister (who, as I recall, was once a huge fan of these books, too.) she couldn't recall reading any of them. That is my main problem with the book. The interesting premise of this series started too long ago that most of Jean Ferris' past audience i
Emily Morris
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, romance
This was my first experience with Marigold and, while I certainly enjoyed this busy little adventure, I can't help but wonder if it's one of those books I would have liked more had I further background.

But, as I read, it didn't seem I needed background. Ms. Ferris aptly stated who everyone was and I felt there just wasn't anything else I needed to know. It's one thing to be underwhelmed by a book if it's due to lack of knowledge. But somehow I felt this might not be as good as its predecessors.

In the third title of the Marigold trilogy, Queen Marigold and her husband Christian have become the parents of an adorable daughter named Poppy. As the royal couple prepares for a party to welcome Poppy to the kingdom and worries a little bit about what sorts of gifts the fairies may offer, two villains from the earlier books reappear and kidnap the royal offspring. Phoebe, the librarian, is the daughter of Boris, and Sebastian, the blacksmith, is the son of Vlad. While the two start falling in ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Count me in among the people who LOVED book 1 and wants to pretend book 2 never happened. But I gave book 3 a chance and I'm pretty glad I did. I don't know if anything's going to live up to the first book, if we're honest, some of the magic (literally) was lost when Marigold lost her ability to read other peoples' thoughts. But this book does something interesting in introducing two secondary characters and letting them take the lead in a sort of Marigold/Christian v2.0 way. What was so enchant ...more
Ashley Marie
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thrice Upon a Marigold is a book about a magical land that has a wonderful King and Queen. The King and Queen just had a new baby named Princess Poppy. Two kids named Phoebe and Sebastian accidentally get sent a ransom note that says the Princess was going to get kidnapped by the Terrible Twos (secretly Sebastian and Phoebe's fathers that they haven't heard from in years.) Unfortunately, the ransom note gets dropped in a fire so they don't have any proof for the King and Queen. Phoebe and Sebast ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in this series and what a great book it was to read. Marigold is a Queen and married to King Christian who just had a baby named Princess Poppy. Everyone is happy and celebrating the new arrival, except for the banished kids, Phoebe and Sebastian, until she gets kidnapped by the royal ex-poisoner-in-chiefs and fathers of Phoebe and Sebastian. She urgently needs to be rescued. With so many different people, including Phoebe and Sebastian, looking for the Princess the story goes ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not bad! Just a fun, little adventure with interesting words and the worst brutes in the kingdom. I really liked the different POV in this book. Olympia just got kind of annoying in the last book, so I'm glad that the villan(s) got changed up. Really nice changes, and a good book overall. ^_^
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that we hadn't read the first two installments of the series. But, THRICE UPON A MARIGOLD didn't require you to have read the first ones. It was cute and rather typical.

I read this story to my five year old and she enjoyed it. The baby princess is kidnapped, the villains are dastardly but is properly "taught" bad is not good, throughout the book. The characters are charming, the book is steeped with good moral fibers. It was a fairy tale of Happily Ever After proportions. Perfect
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
To be published April 2013, thanks to Harcourt Children's Books for the ARC copy.

I love me a good fairy tale, and this final book in the Marigold trilogy fits the bill. Marigold and Chris are funny, down-to-earth royals, who communicate better than most people I know. When their daughter Princess Poppy is kidnapped, they must both keep their wits about them as they rescue her. Dragons, elephants, true love, overcoming prejudice, evil villains and many other excitements are found here. Oh, and ho
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the cutest thing. I was so happy that this book exists. These books are charmers, that’s for sure. The romance is cute without being charged, and the fantasy is so lighthearted and hilariously self aware (i.e. "I sure wish someone would go ahead and invent matches already"). You alternate between guffaws and giggles for all two hundred and fifty six pages. Happy and outrageously cute. The characters we know remained consistent and the new characters were just as much fun and original as ...more
Kaila C
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I was excited to find out there was a third book and I will admit to being little bit nervous about reading it. I was hoping the plot for this book would let me love all the "old" things about the series but also let me love the new developments that may occur in this one. Needless to say, there was nothing to worry about. I still got to enjoy all the wonderful characters to this series AND the new two main characters Phoebe and Sebastian. I was fine with focusing on these two and there was just ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I am a fan of Jean Ferris. Her books are often both funny and poignant. But THRICE UPON A MARIGOLD didn't quite work for me; the magic has gone out of the series. Part of it is that Marigold, the former heroine, proved to be rather useless. But this one just wasn't as funny as the first two books in the series.

It's a shame, because the heroine and hero are interesting people. The daughter and son of the kingdom's most notorious criminals, they've grown up to be law abiding. When they get wind of
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another darling story about Queen Marigold and her king Christopher with a nice moral about judging a person not based on other people's actions. This book could easily be good for middle schoolers. A quick and enjoyable read, and I don't think it is absolutely necessary to read these books in order. However, you do lose the little quirk explanations concerning the relationship of Marigold and Chris. I liked the new characters - Phoebe and Sebastian, who were the offspring of the Terrible Twos. ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
When the most perfect baby is born in the kingdom you would expect everything to go smoothly. Not in this kingdom. Even though they now have a working tooth fairy program and an extensive p-mail system there are still those who like the old ways better and if they have to kidnap a princess to get their way, well they will.

It is a cute adventure story. It considers the prejudice that characters who have bad parents deal with. It also shows that people can choose for themselves.

Bottom line: Woul
Jaime Leroy
Even though the story is predictable, it was a fun and funny read. This is the final installment of the series and King Christian and Queen Marigold are new parents. They are happy parents to Princess Poppy. With the evil Queen Olympia dead, there is nothing to worry about, right? When the baby Princess is kidnapped by two of the Queen’s men, “the Terrible Two”, characters from the first two books team up with a new cast to rescue the infant Princess.

Suitability: Grades 5-8

Recommendation: Recom
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