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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Twilight Princess is a children’s picture book written by Joe Duncombe and illustrated by Cong Nguyen. The narrator remembers clearly the little girl who would appear outside his window at night when he was a little boy. She was so exuberant and would giggle with sheer joy as she danced and spun and rode on the merry-go-round, but then her mood would shift abruptly when she reached the flower beds and sadly gazed upon them. He would wonder at the change as she stood there bathed in the moonlight, with silvery tears streaming from her eyes. Why was she crying? What happened when she approached those flowers -- and what could he do to help her?
Joe Duncombe’s The Twilight Princess is an enchanting tale of a little girl who cries at the sight of a flower bed, and the little boy who is determined to rescue her from her sorrow. I loved the air of mystery and sense of wonder shared by the narrator as he remembers this nightly occurrence from his childhood and can well imagine how young readers will likewise be swept into the mystery of the princess who wept every night. Cong Nguyen’s lovely and dramatic illustrations work so well to impart the magic and intrigue of the story and his sketches of the park where the Princess would play are elegant and compelling. The Twilight Princess is a grand selection for storytime, but it’s also written for new readers to try on their own. The Twilight Princess is highly recommended.