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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Royal Search for Shenanigans is a work of fiction in the adventure sub-genre, penned for children by author Nita Marie Clark with illustrations by Kathy Doherty. This delightful and partially illustrated chapter book is a great introduction to independent reading for young children, and it forms the first book in The Secrets of Zen Castle Series. In this adventure, the forthright and confident Princess Lillian examines a treasure trove of clues that she discovers in her family heritage, which leads her to an incredible new land. Dragons, danger, and doom abound, but can Lillian learn the true rules of being a princess and save the day in time?
Author Nita Marie Clark has crafted a superb and immersive adventure novel that combines the modern and traditional fantasy fairytale genres really well. Lillian is an excellent example of a subversion of the traditional princess roles, and here she is transformed into a heroic figure who is proactive in her own destiny and decision-making. Children of all ages are sure to find enchantment in the magical elements and creative creatures within the tale, and the illustrations by Kathy Doherty will help the imagination along for young readers encountering chapter books for the first time. I also enjoyed the fact that the princess's rules present a good moral message for young readers on how to behave well and be kind and fair to others. Overall, I would highly recommend The Royal Search for Shenanigans for young readers looking for a hearty new adventure.