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Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Forget everything you thought you knew about princesses...
Welcome to Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr (author of Doomed Queens), where you'll discover what really happens after "Happily Ever After." From the war-torn Dark Ages of Medieval Europe to America's Gilded Age, and all the way up to Kate Middleton, Bad Princess explores more than 30 true princess stories, going
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Madly Jane
Waldherr, famous for her beautiful and inventive tarot books, has written a first rate account of Princesses, both real and fictional, for Scholastic. This is a lovely, illustrated book about how girls became princesses and what happened to them. The author also explores other social concerns and great trivia. This is a book that every mother should buy their daughter or granddaughter. It's clever, charming and just plain delightful. I bought my granddaughter a copy for her library at home. ...more
Heather Webb
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A terrific showing from Waldherr. I enjoyed the witty, tongue in cheek voice, the tidbits about princesses I knew and those I didn't, and the lovely and clever drawings that grace the pages. In particular, I delighted in the princess board game. I look forward to gifting this to my tween daughter and her friends.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bad Princess is a super cute and fast read! I don't know about some of you, but I have been obsessed with princesses since I was little, both of the real and make-believe variety. That's the premise that Waldherr works off of, girls (both young and old) and their obsession with all things princess. But then she puts a spin on it, looking at some of the more "rebellious" or "risqué" princesses throughout history.

Along the way, she also adds in explanations of different royal terms/ideas, like
There have been many little girls that have dreamt of becoming princesses. The surge of the princess obsession has been made popular by Disney. There have been Disney Princess movies, dolls, tiaras, and costumes. While many girls dream of becoming princesses and living happily-ever-after, Mrs. Waldherr states that in real-life many princesses did not end up with a happy ending. She takes the reader on a romp through history analyzing real-life princesses from the Dark Ages to the present day.

Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick read that teaches girls that being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's rather dark in parts (say hello to Elizabeth Bathory, the "Blood Countess!") - so something to keep in mind depending on the age/maturity level of the reader. Not surprising, it does tend to run European-centric, but the author does include a few modern day princesses from Africa and Dubai and Princess Ka'iulani from Hawaii warrants her own section. Outside of, what I felt, was an overly simplistic view ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to discover that Kris Waldherr had written another book about royality. I had enjoyed Doomed Queens and so was expecting a book more like. Instead this book felt very dumbed down and included too many pop culture references for a book on history even if it's for kids. Maybe I would of enjoyed it more if I was a kid or teen.
McKenzie Richardson
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I loved this book! Awesome non-fiction book for young readers. This is a wonderful book. Not only is the subject matter fascinating, but the design and writing style are very entertaining. This is the perfect book to make reading non-fiction appealing to young readers.

Growing up, I thought I didn't like non-fiction books. Many I tried to read as a kid were overly simplified or extremely boring. This one combines history, myth, and fairy tales and
Faith Justice
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I've said before, I like books that present a collection of bios of little-known women famous--or infamous!--for something. I have a special (physical) bookshelf just for them. These books have several things in common: a breezy modern, often sardonic, voice; a generally sympathetic and/or admiring tone towards women who did remarkable things in a trying time/environment; and lots of gossipy nuggets of information that most serious biographies bury or avoid.

Bad Princesses is an excellent
Rebecca Elson
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical-buffet
This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 03/19/2018.

When I learned that Kris Waldherr, author of the wickedly fun book “Doomed Queens”, had a new book called “Bad Princess” coming out I knew I had to read it. I didn’t care that it was intended for ages 9-12 years-old. And yes, “Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara” is geared for younger readers, but it still has much to offer anyone interested in learning about the true nature of royalty.

In spite of its slender
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction
I love historical fiction. In fact, I usually love learning about the Tudors, but something about this book bugged me.

It tries to be relevant with games and by using current pop culture references. Sometimes it seemed fun, other times, it felt out of place. I think it is supposed to be a girl power type book (which I am over. Let us all be equally important instead of making one feel less than the other). As you can see by the title, it highlights the bad the princesses did. They were not good
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars In the era of Princess obsession it was nice to read about the real truth.
It isn't all Disney' Cinderella, and prince charming. It is well, dirty Windsors Prince Bertie (Albert Jr). and Let's be honest, Princess Charles... loser. He married Diana because his mommy said to even though he was still doing 'stuff' with Camilla! . (Though poor Diana was in love... poor thing) I also think The Queen had Diana killed, but that is just my opinion!

I think we like the idea of princess
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Forgive me for comparing this book to another work by this author, but this book just didn't hold up to the expectations Doomed Queens gave me. This book is obviously written for younger readers, and it shows, so it seemed just a little overindulgent in pop-culture references for me. Some young readers may get the tongue-in-cheek jabs at Disney Princesses, but I suspect that most people who pick up this bright pink book will be Disney Princess fans.

This book was also overwhelmingly
Amanda Wilkerson
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad selection for middle grade readers looking for nonfiction, but I did have a few issues.

The coverage of royals also includes women who married into their royalty or simply had extremely high ranking titles (like the Duchess of Devonshire). Despite this flexible use of the term “princess,” there’s very little diversity. At the end of the book there’s an attempt to cover a wide variety of modern royals, but this stab a diversity feels too little too late. I was most intrigued by Sarah
Sarah Hay
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: j
This one was ok. I would say it could be good for a high interest lower level reader. I liked the study of princesses of the past and what was considered necessary to be a princess. Th tie in of the American millionaire princesses was good along with the brief discussion of Disney-fied princesses. I think the overall execution of the book could have been better. Some parts seemed dumbed down while others discussed more adult issues. Also a lot of the side content interfered with stories. I would ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Okay, I honestly love doomed queens so I thought that I'd give this one a try. I did not finish it because it is dreadfully boring. I had such a desperation to put it down that I felt like throwing up. Honestly, the first quote is from Meg Cabot, Abandon and I was put off. This book claims that pink was for boys and blue for girls before WWII and accredits the color change based on the breast cancer and PMS (a color printing system) trademark of this modern time. They also make references to
Codey Long
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book at my local library along with others. I was attracted by the bright pink cover, but judging it, I thought this is probably some silly young girls fiction book. Then I read the description and thumbed through the book and it wasn’t what I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a non- fiction book that tells about many princesses throughout history. There are many pictures and it’s a fun easy read. It spans through history all the way too prince William and Kate. ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book! It would be great for kids who are interested in princess books but want a mixture of fairytale facts and real life facts about princesses who didn't fit the "pretty pretty princess mold" or who behaved outside the normal expectations.

Their is a lot of snark and sass within this book while maintaining age-appropriate language and even staying away from the coarser information about some of these princesses that some adults might have concerns with their children reading.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: histroy
I bought this for my Jr. High library and then wondered if it was appropriate for this age group. It is. It was really well. It was funny, informative, and interesting. The author did a great job of explaining bigger words or happenings of older days, which makes the book so much more interesting. Some books just use the words and don't explain them. I really enjoyed this book and hope my princess loving students do as well.
Karla KT
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super fast, fun, informative read for middle grades. Although you will find a great mix of Disney tiara bearers in this book, the author uses this mostly as an all-things-princess primer and throws in a few true life tales of bawdy baronesses and lewd lady’s from around the world. Loved that she showed the mixing of cultures and customs for advantageous marriages and both the good and the bad outcomes of what being a royal, or obsessed with becoming one, could do to your health.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest. I bought this book because it was being sold at a discount at our school's Scholastic Book Fair. I didn't even really need it. I think I needed the buzz of a cheap book.

I'm glad I did. It was interesting. The author has a tongue-in-cheek way with words. Even though I knew of many of the princesses, I learned something new in an amusing way.

I'm wishing now I'd bought more copies. I think this would be an interesting book for our nonfiction book circle next unit.
Teralyn Pilgrim
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read! I learned so much about royal history that I didn't know before, and Kris Waldherr's storytelling is fun and engaging. The book itself is beautiful and I love the art inside. It has trivia facts I enjoyed, like why princesses are associated with the color pink. A word of warning: some of the bad princesses were reeeeeeeeealy bad.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew it sucked to be a Princess, but this book made me realize just how much. This was a very engaging read and I was done with it before I knew it.

I also loved the drawings and writing-style! I'll definitely be checking out Doomed Queens.
The Book Girl
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting, review to come.
Lea Ann
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting accounts of princesses through the ages. Engaging style.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Review of princess from long ago to today. Wish more time was spent on modern princesses. Like the philanthropy bit.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book. It was confusing and not written well.
Jenny Hawley
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A good, quick little book. I enjoyed Doomed Queens more simply because there was more detail to the historical tales, but this one was still interesting. I’d like to give it 3.5 stars
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very quick and fun read. I enjoyed all the little bits of info.
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Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses.The New Yorkerpraised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesseswas a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the ...more