Top critical review
easy to read for a beginner
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
This book is engaging and fun. The language is easy enough for a very early reader to manage. My 4 yo nephew can get through the book without trouble. On the downside, the perpetuation of gender roles is troubling. Why is the father stern and the mother nurturing? Why is the nuclear family a man, woman, and boy (cats, but otherwise right out of the 1950 reproduction of the patriarchy)? Why does the boy compete with an evil man to see which can win the female? Why is the prize the males fight over a princess? Do non-royal females have no value? Do princesses have no agency? It's just all so... retrograde. Sure, it's easy to read. But stories teach morals, and this one has problematic morals to say the least. I guess it's good for starting discussion. It's never too early to be a critical reader.