Marshmallow heard about Beatrix The Bold and the Curse of the Wobblers by Simon Mockler from a fellow blogger, Asha at A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea (see Asha’s enticing review here). So of course she had to get her paws on a copy of the story of this fun and courageous little queen. Below she shares her thoughts on this recent book.
Marshmallow’s quick take: If you like books that have a strong female character, then this might be the book for you.
Marshmallow’s Summary (with spoilers): Beatrix the Bold has a big secret she does not know about.
“In a faraway palace in the Kingdom of Morden lived a small girl, with a big secret. The secret and the girl, whose name was Beatrix, lived side by side but never met. The secret was big, but the palace was bigger, and there were plenty of dark places for it to hide.”
So here is the first big spoiler: The secret is that Beatrix is a queen. Her parents had sent her to live at this big palace with her aunt, Esmerelda the Terrible, and her uncle, Ivan the Vicious. Her aunt, Esmerelda the Terrible, loves gold a LOT. Her uncle, Ivan the Vicious, is … well, vicious. She was sent to live with her aunt and her uncle because she was in mortal peril. An Evil Army from Beyond the Woods has a mission to kill her and slice her into small pieces if necessary.
Beatrix has only been in ten rooms of the castle. The ten rooms include a classroom, a story room, and a war room. In the classroom she takes classes from Wilfred the Wise. In the story room she can listen to stories acted out by a storyteller. In the war room she throws KNIVES and plays war with mini soldiers, with her uncle coaching.
She attempts to escape from the palace, and she fails. Her aunt catches her in the process. The fact that Beatrix only knows about ten rooms in the palace soon changes though. Her aunt, Esmerelda the Terrible, betrays her to the Evil Army for gold. Beatrix is soon on the run.
Marshmallow’s Review: This is a good book that will intrigue a lot of people. It was published in April 2019, so it is not a very old book. The character, Beatrix, is a strong female character. She throws knives and is great at military tactics. She is not afraid of danger, unlike most fairy-tale queens and princesses. She is a good role model. (Except that she throws knives! Really, there are a lot of knives in this book!)
The end of the book contains a recipe for fartinpants. Fartinpants are like pancakes and crepes mixed together, and they can make a good breakfast, especially if you put jam, chocolate/hazelnut spread, strawberries, or syrup in or on the fartinpants. (The Book Bunnies household did try them this morning and can verify.)
Beatrix The Bold is sure to entertain a lot of children in the 7-10 age group . The author’s writing style is light-hearted and the characters are funny. The book itself is not very hard to read and there are many illustrations (by Cherie Zamazing) sprinkled in here and there. I for one am looking forward to reading the next book about Beatrix and her adventures.
Marshmallow’s rating: 95%