Once Upon and Ever After

Children - Picture Book
13 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2019
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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite

Can you imagine training your entire life for something, and then when it finally comes time to do it, you can't? That's the problem the prince faces in Once Upon and Ever After by Caroline L Thornton. He's prepared his entire life to rescue and save a princess, but when he sets out on his quest, things don’t go as planned. First, he comes across a tower with a long blonde braid hanging from the window, but when he climbs up to rescue the girl trapped within, he finds that she has already saved herself. The prince doesn’t know what to do, but then he spots a castle wall, reminding him of a princess locked in the dungeon. He decides that he will save her instead. But he soon finds that she, too, has already escaped. What is he going to do?

Written in rhyme with underlying themes of feminism, Once Upon and Ever After by Caroline L Thornton is a book that is sure to become a modern-day fairytale. The book is very well written, with a fun rhythm and great rhyming scheme. The characters are likable and admirable because they are brave and heroic. The story shows the importance of accepting change and not living in the past. I loved the way the book ended because it is a happy ending, but maybe not one that the reader would expect. The story is very entertaining, with exciting scenes full of suspense and wonder. The pictures are extremely well-drawn, eye-catching, and colorful. I loved that the book incorporated well-known fairy tales into the story. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.