Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Summary: The evil princess and brave knight share a castle, but they don’t always enjoy having to live together. When the princess trips the knight, the magic mirror sees and orders them both to their rooms. Finally, they’re released if they agree to play nicely. But playing nicely is boring, and before long they’re off on a quest together that results in a flooded bathroom. They band together when the magic mirror catches up with them, blaming the cat for the mess. Nevertheless, they have to clean it up, and the last page shows the brave knight running with a stack of towels, while the evil princess has her foot out to trip him once again. This is billed as book 1, so there may be more to come. 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: Jennifer and Matt Holms already have legions of fans from their Babymouse and Sunny graphic novels. Anyone with a sibling will recognize the love-hate relationship between these two. The cartoon illustrations are appealing, and even very young kids will connect with what it’s like to have a brother or sister.
Cons: No great lessons are learned by either party.