Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood

4.5 stars Childrens

Princess Lex read morning, noon, and night, surrounded by book lovers.  Where is this place? Sounds like a great place to live. I found this book at the library and after this opening page, I was sold and I had to check it out.  With a bedroom full of books, Lex would speed read through them, enlisting her trained dog to help fetch her reading material for her.  This all changes on her 15th birthday though.  When she awoke on her birthday, all of her books were gone!  Craziness!!

Lex runs to parents and they sit her down and explain.  When Lex was little, her parents had a party.  An irritated fairy crashed the party, made a scene because she thought she wasn’t invited.   That night at the party, the fairy put a curse on Lex.  The curse stated that when Lex turned 15, she would receive a paper cut.  This cut would be the result of reading a book.  The cut would put her in a deep sleep which could only be cured by a kiss from one’s true love.  Hence, her parents were the ones who took all of her books away.  They saved her from a paper cut which would put her in a deep sleep.

Now, Lex’s world became dark and sad.  She didn’t have any books to read. Lex couldn’t let this go on any longer and she decides to pay the fairy a visit to see about undoing the curse. Needing information to get this accomplished, Lex gets the help from a bot. The fairy has been keeping tabs on Lex and she was prepared for Lex when she arrives.  It’s a princess vs. a fairy as they battle out this curse and the ending was great. I enjoyed this book.  I thought the illustrations were fun and full of energy and the storyline was fast-paced and entertaining. It has a good message too.  I highly recommend this cute book.  4.5 stars