Recommended for ages 10+
Princess Decomposia is a princess with way too much stress in her life. She’s stuck running the kingdom while her father lays in bed, playing sick, and demanding crazy health food fads be served to him – most of which he sends back with a complaint. When he fires the latest chef, hiring a new chef is just one more thing on Princess Decomposia’s plate, until she meets the sweet, shy Count Spatula.
Spatula brings some light into the frustration of Decomposia’s world. He makes gorgeous, sweet-laden creations that ease diplomatic relations and make Decomposia smile. The two become friends – and it doesn’t escape the staff’s notice. But the king still wants things done his way, and it’s pushing Decomposia to stand her ground.
I love this sweet story. We’ve got a spunky, independent heroine who is frustrated and buckling under a pile of responsibilities; an adorable friendship/budding romance with a sweet chef who just wants to make tasty, exciting desserts and make the princess happy; and a parent who has a lesson or two to learn in responsibility. Some will call it quirky, but for kids like me, who grew up with The Addams Family and The Munsters, this hit the spot. It’s a great story of friendship and family, with fun black and white art that will appeal to tween readers and older.
Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula hits shelves on February 24th – get it for the growing goth in your life.