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The Castle Corona

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,630 ratings  ·  406 reviews
Long ago and far away . . .

There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was a castle that glittered and sparkled and rose majestically above the banks of the winding Winono River: the Castle Corona.

And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that neither
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a lot, but even so, I found it undercooked at several points. I don't think Creech was attempting a radical overhaul of the fairy tale genre, or a "fractured" fairy tale approach--the giveaway there for me was the introduction of Princess Fabrizia:

"It would be wonderful to say that Princess Fabrizia was the strongest, wisest, bravest and kindest of all the King's children, but alas she was frail and foolish and, above all else, afraid of every little thing".

So, not overt feminist
Jun 09, 2008 rated it liked it
When I saw this I thought, holy crap! Sharon Creech wrote a fairy tale! Yay!
Alas, it started well, but fizzled. :( It's like she wrote it on the toilet but then finished shitting just when it was getting good.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children, fantasy
In the Castle Corona lives the discontented royal family. In the village live the discontented orphans Pia and Enzio. Eventually their paths cross.

I completely didn’t get the point of this book. Virtually nothing happened. The characters changed somewhat, but not a lot, and I guess it was just too subtle for me. It reminded me of 'Criss Cross,' which won the Newbery, and I completely didn’t get that, either. I tend to like books in which nothing happens, but the nothing books I love always have
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tale
Creech sets the stage well enough: there is a castle, with a royal family of five useless, discontent, and rather stupid individuals. In a nearby village there are a poor, orphaned brother and sister. And there are a couple of hermits. The problem is that nothing happens. The book is like a "fairy tale twist" short story that was somehow dragged out from 35 pages to 300, but without any additional action or character development. The whole thing was just... boring. Even the illustrations, which ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
When I first started really reading on my own as kid, I'd go to the online public library catalog, plug in random words I liked to the search field (like "castle" or "princess") and then push the "place a hold" button on every single title that seemed remotely interesting. Every time I went to the library to pick up my holds, I'd come back with at about 20 books.

This is how I ended up discovering this book, or rather this audiobook (since I've never even seen the physical book itself). As a chi
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have loved almost everything Creech has ever written. No one can capture the inner lives of her characters like Sharon Creech. She writes with such tenderness for all her characters the reader can't help but feel the same. Set in medieval times, Castle Corona tells parallel stories of the people that live within and outside the castle walls. My favorite character was the Wordsmith, who occasionally entertains the court with the power of his stories. Fans of Creech will not be disappointed with ...more
Allison Tebo
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A cute little story with lavish and unusual illustrations and formatting that made it a treat. The deliberately stilted style and dreamy voice was very reminiscent of Gail Carson Levine. I did think the ending rather unsatisfying but overall it was fun.
Hannah Jayne
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Another day, another sky.”

So cute.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't think this is one of Sharon Creech's best books. It is, however, a gently-unfolding modern fairy tale, which still makes it well-worth reading. ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I went a little out of my way for this book. I don't really like fantasy books that much. But this book made me want to read more fantasy and more of Sharon Creech. It was a little hard to read at first,but then I got used to it. The story was also confusing. I started to get the hang of it towards the middle of the book. It as very hard to put down because so many things were happening at once and I just had to keep reading. For all those fantasy readers I would recommend this. ...more
Alicia Marie
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh-reads
This book was a disappointment for me. Sharon Creech's writing style brought me nowhere. Maybe my expectations were to high for this one, but truly I believe it was just dry. The main characters are like marionettes on strings and there is info dumping everywhere. The culture in this novel is absolutely tasteless and every person in here too. I grew bored at the second chapter and my mind quickly wandered.

The facts in this novel were repeated over and over and over and OVER again. Can't you t
Jackie Liu
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ok-books
I picked up this book because my friend and I really liked Sharon Creech, although after I finished this book, I felt like this book is a bit of a let down from Sharon. This book is worse than her oter books, although I still think it is very good. I liked the story a lot. It's just that Sharon put a lot of things in the story, but didn't explain them all. It gives me a headache when I think and wonder about too many things.
This book had many great parts in it. I loved it. I really really did. B
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I like Sharon Creech, even though all her books are a little quirky. What I think is cool is that each book is quirky in its own way--and she has written a lot of books. How does she come up with so many completely unique ideas? (The only ones that sort of have related quirkiness are Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, but they are obviously companion books.) So this book was strange in a way, but that is just Sharon Creech. It was satirizing fairy tales which had me chuckling throughout, but was r ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was disappointing, in that it could have been so much better than it was. It had all the ingredients to be a pseudo-fairy tale as beautiful as anything by Jane Yolen - lovely little archetypal characters carefully created to parallel one another subtly, a promising begin, and a gorgeous design, with beautiful illustrations and illuminated letters - but in the end it fell apart. The characters, with a few exceptions, were bland and lifeless, the ending was painfully anti-climactic, and ...more
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
I gave this book an extra star because of the beautiful illuminations by David Diaz. The story itself for me was worth three stars. It was good, but not spectacular. The characters were somewhat flat and just played the typical role of "king" or "queen" or "princess" until almost the end. Which isn't necessarily bad, but I enjoyed the book a lot more once they became individuals with personalities. I did really like the two peasant children and the hermits. ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
The book was okay and I ejoyed reading it.It makes you think, if you lived in a place with kings and queens how would you feel?It also makes you think about if you were the king and queen,would you feel like you did the same thing every day, and it was becoming boring?What if you were the princess, would you be stuck up or humble?It was not, however, a book that I could not put down.
Devon Flaherty
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I read Walk Two Moons probably fifteen years ago, and I liked it enough that I considered myself a Sharon Creech fan. But despite my intentions to read more of her work, here I am fifteen years later reading my second book out loud to my nine-year-old son.

Castle Corona was a title I found on third grade reading lists, so I thought it would be a good one to read at bedtime. Ehn. That’s what I thought. That’s what my son thought.

For my son, I think the issue was topic. He really isn’t in to castle
Annika Jernsedt
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a very interesting take on a fairy tale and I enjoyed it very much. I would like to know what the theme/life lesson is, because that was unclear. The character I like is Prince Gianni because he is a prince who is not to absorbed into the royalty drama, and falls in love with a peasant/servant girl. He loves poetry and he is a nicer, more well rounded person than his brother. This book makes me think about a social problem in society today. Though it is different because we do not h ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoy a lot of Creech's books enough I figured I'd give one that hasn't gotten a lot of recognition a try. There is a reason no one talks about this one!

I listened to the book and I found my mind wandering a lot and having no idea what was going on. My initial reaction was to blame myself for not liking it then, I should have been paying more attention. But then I realized I need to take that into account, if the book was truly good it would have been captivating and I wouldn't have zoned out
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was pretty good. It started kind of slow, but I felt like when I finally got into it, the book ended suddenly. I feel like the book needs a sequel to explain what happens to the characters after the story. For instance, *SPOILER ALERT* Princess Fabrizia starts to like Enzio, and Prince Gianni has a crush on Pia. Do they ever get married? Also, the characters were very weak. Princess Favrizia cared only about herself and looking pretty, and tended to throw a lot of tantrums. The king wa ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Heather O'Neill
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
This is the story of the royal family of Castle Corona. A King, a Queen, their three children, two hermits, a wordsmith, and two peasant children are the main characters in the story. A rumor is going around that there is a thief in the kingdom and everything gets a little turned upside down trying to figure out who is the thief and what is going on in the kingdom.

We read this book for school and it was actually one of the more enjoyable ones. There was a lot of entertaining bits that were funny
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I have long been a fan of children's author Sharon Creech. Here she returns us to the time of fairy tales and wonder of castles, royalty and the common peasants. You will be dazzled, delighted and entertained. A great read aloud to the younger ages. Strong child characters are presented in light of strength of character and loyalty. Both traits all kids of today need references from which to continue to 'grow'. Don't miss other titles by this Newberry Author... start your own collection of great ...more
Emily Kassera
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I started reading this book about 5 different times between the ages of 10 and 14. After about 50 pages, however, I always abandoned it for something else. A few weeks ago, I came across a cheap copy at a book sale. I decided it was time to finish The Castle Corona for good.
As I wrapped up the last chapter today, I realized why I had failed to finish it so many times before--it's a bit boring. All the right elements are there and the characters have so much potential, but in the end it all feels
Kenneth Garrett
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a fantasy tale about the main character who is a King who lived in a castle and was extremely spoiled who wanted a nap and a gown that would not itch him. Two poor orphaned siblings who had a stolen pouch that could give the king exactly what he wanted. The author of this story is Sharon Creech who is a Newbery medal winner. She does an excellent job of telling a classical fairy tale for children in a chapter book format. The art responds well to the fairy tale theme of the story. The fa ...more
Chase Presson
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I'm so glad that I reread this book. The first time I ever heard this story was on a family road trip when I was in Elementary school. Parts of the story really stuck with me and I wanted to reread / re-listen on my own 2 month road trip this year. The audiobook was just as amazing as I remembered and I'm so glad that I got to put all the details and pieces of the story back together after so many years. A fun, quick read that I highly recommend, especially to middle-grade aged kids and adults w ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young children as a bedtime story
The Castle Corona was technically a reread for me. I read it for Battle of the Books in fourth grade but didn't remember a ton about it. My takeaway this time is that it's a nostalgic take on fairy tale tropes (though I wouldn't call it fantasy?). It's aware that it fits into these tropes, and it doesn't really try to avoid them--it doesn't really need to. The plot is quite slow for most of it, with next to no action, but the writing style is nice. I could see this being a soothing bedtime story ...more
Allie Outhouse
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is 3.5 stars for me but I am rounding up because I liked the ending. I enjoyed the story of Pia & Enzio and was rooting for them. I think it was interesting to read about castle life vs town/peasant life and discuss with my child as well.

I read this aloud as part of our BYL curriculum for level 2. I think I might have enjoyed it more reading independently because my daughter was content to stop in places I wanted to keep going and it seemed to take us forever for finish the book.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has some deep moral character that many stories lack. The central theme of the story is wisdom. What it is and how one gets wisdom. None of the charters are perfect in fact most are quite dule making them relatable and reachable. No charter is put on a pedestal all are equally flawed much like real people. Honestly I think it's a bid deep for most children, but I found it a wonderful thought provoking read. ...more
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