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The Wide-Awake Princess

(Wide-Awake Princess #1)

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In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie-blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic-can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Cristina Monica
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
I just can't get enough of these adorable fairy tales I've been reading lately. They make for the perfect break from this serious, exam-infused environment I'm passing through.
Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was terribly adorable. It starts from a pretty simple idea: what if Sleeping Beauty had a little sister? Wouldn't her parents do everything in their power to save their next child from her older sister's fate? And so Annie becomes literally unenchantable, completely immune to all forms of magic. Considering how very common magic is in this fairy tale world, it follows that young Princess Annie makes many people, including her family, uncomfortable. After all, fairy gifts are neutralized aro ...more
Swankivy
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is sort of an alternate-world fairy tale--it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling with the caveat that the sleeping princess has a magically immune little sister. Being that it's a fairy tale motif that mixes in a bunch of other fairy tales, I guess I shouldn't be annoyed that it's very questy and has one-dimensional characters, but it did bother me that the premise of the story was so heavily inundated with "it happened this way, because . . . it has to happen this way." I didn't like that the yo ...more
Jessica
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delightfully plays with the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, and several others! Intrepid Princess Annabelle travels through several kingdoms, gathering up princes in hopes that one of them will be her sister's true love and wake Gwendolyn from her sleeping curse. She meets an old woman who lives in a candy house, a prince who used to be a frog, and a number of other characters readers will easily recognize, while exposing how silly and selfish and even sad these stories and their characters are. ...more
Laura
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of fractured fairy tales, and The Wide-Awake Princess is a fun one. Annabelle, the younger, very much unmagical younger sister of Gwendolyn, she of Sleeping Beauty fame. When the curse is activated, it's up to Annie (and the faithful guard, Liam) to break the curse.

Who knew that the Frog Prince's children were Hansel and Gretel, er, Clara and Tomas? Or that Rapunzel was not interested in being rescued by any of her princes? All that, and more, are found here!

Serious fun for those
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Limau Nipis
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh gosh, a wonderful retelling of the old classical tales of Sleeping Beauty.

And refreshing indeed. Because the heroine of this book is not Princess Gwennie, the 'Sleeping Beauty' herself, but her younger sister, Princess Annie, who is not endowed by the magic, but cannot be touch by any good or evil magic.

In the kingdom where everything is magical, Annie seems to be just a plain character. So, when somebody cast a spell and everyone in the castle just fall asleep, Annie is wide awake! Thus, the
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Laura
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magical, humorous, imaginative and very cute are a few words I would use to describe this book. My daughter has been loving this series, now I understand why. It's definitely written for younger readers. As a mom, I only had two integrity issues with the book. The first was that there is a prince who is drunk and had two barmaid type girls sitting on his knees, and the second was a quick line where a man comes to visit Rapunzel for his weekly date, but you quickly learn he has a wife and she doe ...more
Amy
This book was really cute. Who knew "Sleeping Beauty" (Gwen) had a little sister? To prevent any more undesirable curses, young Annie was blessed (or cursed?) with an immunity to magic. Neither good or bad works on her, she grows up without any of the usual fairy gifts. Not remarkably beautiful (as opposed to her sister, the most beautiful girl in the land), not blessed with gracefulness or a good singing voice. Nothing. Along with this gift comes the ability to neutralize anyone's gift (or spel ...more
haley
This book could have been so awesome. But it wasn't. It was disappointing.

First of all, there is zippo character development. And too many characters. All of them felt like cardboard cutouts of people, with no real personalities. I wish the author had focused more on character development (particularly with Annie, Liam, Gwen and Beldegard. They were the most interesting) instead of the action going on in the story. Which leads me to my next point.

At lot happens, but very little of it has anyth
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Sally906
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
What a sweet little fairy story retelling - there were some very clever references to other fairy tales as well – such as Princess and the Pea, Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel to name a few - and found myself chuckling over the references.

The heroine is Annie who is the younger sister to the most beautiful princess in their world – Gwendolyn aka Gwennie. At Gwennie’s christening she is cursed by a cranky fairy and doomed to prick her finger on a spindly and
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~Tina~
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Queen Karolina and King Halbert fear for there second child, Princess Annabelle. With a terrible curse already bestowed for there first daughter Princess Gwendoyn (AKA, Sleeping Beauty) the King and Queen fear that the same fate will harm there second.
Seeking the help of there favorite fairy God mother, Fairy Moonbeam granted her own gift to the new princess; "From this day on no magic shall touch you or bring you to harm. You'll have to survive on your natural charm".
So, Annie had to grow up w
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Andrea
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute story. I loved the characters and all the fairy tale references. My 12-year-old self would've given this 10 stars.
Hannah
The Wide-Awake Princess is a sweet, fun-filled retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. It's really quite short, which has a bonus of skipping any boring set-up and jumping straight into the action. On the other hand, this means the character development is limited, so if you're after that sort of thing, I'd look elsewhere.

Annie is a plucky, resourceful and eminently sensible girl who is easy to like, however. In a way, I enjoy that her personal journey is about more about her saving her f
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Madeline Rose
This was the most wonderful, amazing, whimsical book!
Annie is so sweet and strong and funny!
Liam is the best guy you could ever hope for!
The plot was AMAZING. I love all of the references
to other fairytale characters too.
5/5.

2014:
Re-reading. Still amazing.
5/5.

Hockey Lover
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book review on the The Wide Awake Princess by E.D Baker
Roses are forming on the walls. What does this mean? Annie is out on her own little journey. Why may you ask? Well because…
The story takes place in Treecrest, which is the home of Gwendolyn and Annie. And other magical kingdoms that princess Annie and the knight Liam goes to to try and save the castle and her family from the sleep.
Annie is the younger sister of the beautiful, graceful princess Gwendolyn. The problem is that she needs to find
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Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
With all this talk lately regarding the merits of fractured fairy tales, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy a sugar-spun story. The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker is ADORABLE. I think it’s my favorite book yet by Baker, who wrote the Tales of the Frog Princess book (the first novel was the inspiration for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog). The novel revolves around Princess Annie, the younger sister of Crown Princess Gwendolyn. As babies, Gwendolyn was cursed, destined to prick ...more
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
4.5 stars, what an adorable story! :D Also on http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com

If I need to describe this book in one word it would be: CUTE. This book is adorable! With a fun twist to the original Sleeping beauty story, Baker creates a fun story about friendship and finding yourself.

Summary.
When Annie’s sister Gwendolyn was cursed, the good fairies bestowed her with unusual gifts: instead of beauty, grace and a certain talent, Annie can resist magic and everyone loses their magic when she is
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Fade
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
A mild disappointment. There were some really clever set pieces in the story--the candy cottage was especially well done--but by and large it was just the protagonist walking through a series of fairy tales that worked exactly as they always have. The only characters with more than a single personality trait were love interests, and even they only had two dimensions, tops. There was an awful lot of ugly old women (invariably witches) and an awful lot of snippy unpleasant beautiful women (invaria ...more
Emma Rose Ribbons
Oh, that was super sweet.

When Annie was born, a fairy gave her a gift - for as long as she lived, Annie wouldn't be able to be touched by magic. If she touched something magical, it would lose its power for however long it was held. In a kingdom holding its breath for the day her sister, Gwennie, is pricked by a needle, Annie's blessing is the one thing that gives her the power to save her sister.

A very light, frothy, fast-paced adventure where we follow Annie on her quest to find Gwennie's tru
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Blake Q
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhhh I remember this one!
This may look like a children's book, and maybe it is, but it is unexpectedly sweet.
It's like... a soft fluffy marshmallow. No, a packet of marshmallows!
I sincerely believe that any similar minded reader is going to love this, even if they like their retellings heavier and more on the world-saving, dark side.
Jessica
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've always been a fan of fairy-tales so when I saw this book, I knew that I had to read it. I wasn't certain what to expect. After all, you often can't tell what direction a fairytale book will take. Some are filled with such dark plot lines with witches and goblins and heroine's that are corrupt and not worth rooting for. Then on the other hand, sometimes you get such romantically centered ones that make you sick or ones that are just plain childish in nature and writing structure that you can ...more
 Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
This is basically a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but this Sleeping Beauty is a spoiled brat. She gets what she wants when she wants it. Her younger sister is the exact opposite. She cares for people and thinks of others before herself. So when her older sister is under a sleeping curse, the little sister goes on a quest to help.
It's fantastic so far and I love the writing style because it fits the time period for the book. It could almost smell the mildew and the bread in the story. The charact
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Kristen
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
I was really surprised at this book. I thought it was a YA but it is actually classified Juvenille. Super duper cute, and I loved how she interwove not only the sleeping beauty story but other fairy tales in there as well. I will be recommending this to my niece.

I think it should be classified as YA just for a little mature content.

Moral Note: One of the princes is always drinking & getting drunk.
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Krishaa.B
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can kind of relate to this well thought out book. I think a lot of people, including myself can relate to this amazing book, when Annie goes out looking for a price to kiss her sister, she has the feeling of longing and searching which i can definitely relate to. Even if the situation is slightly more complex that daily life you can still relate to what she is feeling.
Jenny
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, fiction
This is a really cute little story - nothing groundbreaking but a fun summer read about Sleeping Beauty's younger sister and how she goes off to help save her sister and the rest of her kingdom after the sleeping curse takes hold. I could totally see this being a Disney cartoon one day.
Moonie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply amazing I can prove it since I’ve read it over five times. It’s the kind of book that all kids(mostly girls)that are interested in fantasy and royalty can read and enjoy no matter what their age or reading level, it can always be found enjoyable to whoever is reading it. This book also has a very important lesson that should be taught that would be just because you may have different abilities than others or you look different doesn’t mean that you don’t have potential and i ...more
Bookworm
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this spin off of sleeping beauty, and read it practically in one sitting because I couldn't wait to see what happened next!

Very endearing tale of a sister to Sleeping Beauty who was christened with an unusual gift-magic wouldn't affect her. So after everyone falls asleep in the castle it's up to Annie to find the true love of Gwennie to kiss her and break the spell. After finding the first suitor, the intended Digby, she decides it would be best to find a few more-just in c
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I enjoyed this book immensely. :)

I'm no stranger to fairytale retellings. I've read tons of them. All of them are magical in my eyes. I love all of them! What makes this one special is that it the heroine herself isn't magical. I just love the author for making one not-so-special girl save the day!

This book makes delves kind of deeper into many of our well-known fairytales. Then it makes light of it by using its princes. ;) I love how each prince has their very distinct character. I even admit
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Hannah Belyea
Untouched by magic due to an enchantment at birth, Princess Annabelle is the only one awake after her sister pricks her finger, so she decides to team up with the mysterious guard Liam and figure out which prince across the land can awaken the kingdom from its hundred year slumber. Baker will keep young readers entertained with this interesting take on fairy tales led by an enjoyable protagonist. If Annabelle is unable to break the curse, her kingdom will remain vulnerable to attack from all sid ...more
Ashley
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was adorable, it was like a mish mash of fairytales all rolled into one main story about Sleeping Beauty. I did not expect all the "extras" in the stories, hansle and Gretel, princess and the pea, frog prince, beauty and the beast .. I just couldn't .. it was so cute and fun to read and I actually might continue in the series. And the way they told this was spellbinding I was so caught up in the magic.
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E.D. Baker made her international debut in 2002 with The Frog Princess, which was a Texas Lone Star Reading List Book, A Book Sense Children's Pick, a Florida's Sunshine State Readers List pick & a 2006 Sasquatch Book Award nominee. The Frog Princess inspired the Disney's Princess and the Frog!


E. D. Baker was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen years in the Town of Tonaw
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