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Maiden & Princess

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  102 reviews
In this modern fairy tale, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but at the dance, she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place.

Once in a faraway kingdom, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but she's not as excited to go as everyone else. After her mother convinces her to make an appearance, she m
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Little Bee Books
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i loved prince & knight when i first read it. art? beautiful! story? so cute! normalizing queer romance? priceless!

today i stumbled across maiden & princess. i barely even looked at it before i had purchased it. when i got home i opened it up and read it... and started crying on page one. didn't stop till after i finished the book.

this book has:
-a simple, romantic, but easy to follow story (perfect for most ages to read or have read to them)
-a BLACK royal family!!!
-a happy ending
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books Featuring Same-Sex Couples
Author Daniel Haack, whose same-sex picture-book fairy-tale romance, Prince & Knight , came out last year (2018), joins forces with co-author Isabel Galupo in this return to the form. Invited to the prince's ball, the eponymous maiden, who fights alongside the prince as a warrior, and considers him a brother, isn't initially inclined to go, until her mother convinces her to give it a try. Once at the ball, the maiden feels pressured by the other attendees, who seem to think she would be the p ...more
Rod Brown
Neither the art or verse is particularly strong, but I'll give a bonus star for inclusivity of race and LGBTQ in a children's picture book.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the story as much as Prince and Knight, maybe a little more. However I like the art style of Prince and Knight more than this one.

That being said, both are incredibly cute and great books to put in the library of any child. I think they’re crucial to introduce children to same-gender relationships, relationships outside of heteronormativity and instill in them that a woman and a woman or a man and a man can be in love. So they don’t grow up equating that romance to just sexual relations
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book because I like what it's trying to do, but somehow I didn't. The rhyming was pretty clunky and it just felt too pat to me, but maybe that's the point.
What a lovely LBGTQ rhyming picture book for children. A warrior maiden is expected to wed her friend, the prince, but he is only like a brother to her. At the ball, alone and miserable on a balcony, she meets and falls in love with his sister.

I wasn't sure about the art at first, but it ended up being the best for this story. The maiden's adventures and battles are told in flashback and snippets as well. I like her little dragon companion, though, that grows bigger as the maiden and the prince
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GOD THIS IS AS CUTE AS PRINCE & KNIGHT!! The art is bright and lovely and the story melts your heart.

ps. The views expressed in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Indigo Books & Music Inc. or any of its subsidiaries. #IndigoEmployee
Sarah Wright
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 — lively, colorful art illustrating a cute adventure

I'm thrilled every time I come across a book like this: a sweet lesbian story for young children showing that same-sex love is nothing outside the norm. Everyone's read stories in which a girl goes to a royal ball, dances with the prince, and falls in love with him. This time, the girl falls in love with the princess instead—and no one acts like it's weird or forbidden, which is so, so important. I also love that the characters are racially
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When this came across my desk, I knew that it was going to be one of the books I read this year. Maiden & Princess is from the same author as Prince & Knight. And just as welcome in the landscape of familiar fairy tales.

This tome has a different vibe to it from the author's first. Mr Haack wrote both tales but the illustrators are different in style. Those familiar with Prince & Knight will recall that the pictures were much the softer colors and style of a traditional heteronormative fairy tale
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Fans of Prince & Knight will love this new LGBTQ love story featuring a diverse cast of characters. A celebratory read. ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As with the author's Prince & Knight, I wanted to like this book. But it is riddled with the same problems as that one--namely, the text is clunky, awkward, and shoehorned into a forced rhyme scheme. The illustrations here don't save this one from failure as they did in Prince & Knight--something about them is just not quite right, and proportions seem to change from one scene to another--the overall effect is off-putting. A nice idea here, and certainly addresses a void in children's literature ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
So, I loved the illustrations and enjoyed the story. What I am curious about is how people will end up using it (coming from a professional standpoint not a personal one - it could be a target for book challenges). I could see people using it as a bedtime story for older children. It would actually even make an awesome read-aloud selection for a Drag Queen storytime if you live/work in a liberal area.
A lovely rhyming story about a maiden who goes to the ball and meets her princess. The story is sweet, but what really elevates this picture book are the amazing illustrations. The Maiden and the Princess are anything but stereotypically willowy, and I love that they are not white. My daughter (who is four) demanded that I read this twice in a row!
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the text, and even if the ending is a little too pat, it is a fairy tale. Happily ever after and all. I did not love the art here, though, so I knocked off a star. However, this is a great addition to a library collection and something for both LGBTQ and princess loving audiences.
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
As a family of two moms, I really wanted to looooooooooooooooooove this book but it was fine. The 'heart' of the story (no pun intended) didn't feel all that moving, and the fact that the maiden and the princess fell in love was, whatever. When the story started with the maiden being reluctant to marry the prince, I had thought it was because the maiden didn't want to be hustled into marrying a friend. Which I would have appreciated -- already with my five-year-old, I've seen parents talk abt fr ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very similar to Haack's book "Prince and Knight." I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the romance was very sweet!
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, kids
I loved both the ways this followed and deviated from traditional fairy tales. It’s paced really nicely for reading aloud.
Ben Truong
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maiden & Princess is a children's picture book written by the team of Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo and illustrated by Becca Human, which focus on a noble princess and a beautiful maiden come together and finds true love together.

Haack-Galup's text is simplistic, straightforward, and melodic. The simple rhyming text takes the typical trope of having a princess attending a ball to find her prince, but with a twist. Human's dresses the diverse villagers in lavish, jewel-toned gowns and dramatic h
4.5 stars.

This F/F fairy tale for kids is an absolute delight. Sweet and charming, this has everything you could want from a fairy tale, and I love seeing this kind of representation in picture books. The illustrations are mad cute too.

I didn't love it as much as I loved Prince & Knight (and I still can't place my finger on exactly why) but I still loved it, and it's a must for all children's bookshelves.
Amie Doughty
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
As with Haack's Knight Prince, I really wanted to like this book. The story itself has a lot of potential. But the writing is beyond atrocious. Enough with the canned rhymes. They detract from the story, and not all picture books have to sound like Dr. Seuss.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The maiden goes to the ball to see if she wants to marry the prince but falls for the princess.

Attention to diversifying the royal family was made and the artwork is glorious!
Baby Bookworm
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: our-reviews
Hello, friends! Our books today is Maiden & Princess, written by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, and illustrated by Becca Human.

In this follow-up to Haack’s previous title, Prince & Knight (illustrated by Stevie Lewis), we are introduced to a young maiden as she overhears a royal announcement: the king and queen shall hold a ball so that their son, the prince, can find a suitable wife. The maiden is deeply conflicted about this; she is celebrated both for her beauty and courage in battle, and ma
Ellen Bees
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-book
Last week, I was reading Daniel Haack's Prince & Knight to my three year old. When we reached the last page, where the two main male characters get married and live happily ever after, he asked a question. Not related to why two male characters were getting married. That was obvious: they loved each other. Instead, he wanted to know why there were white things in the air, and what exactly was confetti, and why people throw paper in the air to celebrate, and how come he didn't see any at the last ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I picked up this picture book along with the author's other title "Prince & Knight". This book has a different artist with a different style than Prince. The kingdom is culturally diverse and somewhere out of the Euro kingdom from the first book. It features a Maiden who is a warrior for the kingdom and friend of its prince.

When the time comes for the prince to marry, Maiden is pushed by everyone she knows to pursue the prince, but though they are close she doesn't feel that way about him. She
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
As we get more and more LGBTQ+ picture books for kids, the competition is going to be stiffer. I'm not sure this would have made the cut if it weren't for its subject matter. It's not terrible at all, but does it stand out? I'm not trying to pick on the book; it's just sparking an inner dialogue about how to maintain high standards in how I approach books, even if they're on topics that desperately need more representation in children's literature. I have on more than one occasion made a "buy th ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, wndb
The good: we need more fluffy books about finding your place in life even when it isn't the place that most "prince & princess" books think you'll probably end up. We also need more fluffy books about royalty who don't have pale skin, so that also goes into the "good stuff" column.

But that's kind of the only praiseworthy aspect of this book. The text suffers from dull rhymes and unpredictable rhythms. The illustrations are so saturated with blots of intense colors that it's difficult to read the
McKenzie Richardson
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Yes, yes, I was initially drawn to this book at the library because of its similarity to Prince & Knight. I honestly didn't realize that it was the same author because it looks so different. It isn't just a female version of Prince & Knight. It is its own unique, amazing book.

Nice rhymes. Great illustrations. And a magically adorable story. Love love loved this. This is all around a wonderful read. I enjoyed the maiden and princess storyline as we
Andrea Northam
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. The Maiden knows herself and what she wants, so does the Princess, and the whole kingdom (parents, prince, king, queen, the dance attendees, etc.) is super supportive.

Now...wouldn't it be nice for little girls who may identify with the Maiden (or Princess) to be able to read this kind of story without the government telling they can't? The Missouri legislature doesn't think so. In fact, they want to jail any librarians who check this book and others like it out to children. Ahem.
Holly Hughes
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I was over the moon when I discovered Prince and Knight, so you can only imagine how much MORE excited I was when I learned about Maiden and Princess! Seriously though, wlw is fed to us in crumbs and there isn't enough wlw in any literary capacity and WLW DESERVES SO MUCH BETTER.

So, baby steps.

And what precious baby steps we are gifted in the form of this book. The story is just as heartwarming and adorable as it's mlm predecessor (repeat after me: star-gazing lesbians!!), and I loved how bright
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Daniel Haack began writing at a young age, although much of his earliest work centered exclusively around his desire to be a swashbuckling hero. Like the Prince and the Knight, he just wants to save the day and get the boy, too. He has since written for various publications and collections, and Prince & Knight is his debut children’s book. He graduated from Ithaca College and is a Saul Zaentz Fell ...more

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