Over the weekend, I picked up E.D. Baker’s new novel, The Wide-Awake Princess. I knew Baker’s book The Frog Princess was the basis for the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, but I had never read one of her fairy tale novels. I was hooked from the first page when the reader learns that for sixteen years, the people of Treecrest have “lived in dread that their beautiful princess might still touch a spinning wheel.” It turns out that a spell was cast on baby Gwendolyn: if she pricked her finger on a spinning wheel, it would send her and everyone else in the castle to sleep for 100 years.
Of course, the story is a play on Sleeping Beauty, but the protagonist is Gwendolyn’s sister, Annie, who is resistant to all forms of magic. When the dreaded event does happen and everyone falls asleep, it is left to Annie to save the day. Annie is the wide-awake princess.
For kids who know their fairy tales, this book is lots of fun. On her way to find the prince who will kiss her sister awake, Annie meets Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and lots of fairies. The cover jumped off the book store shelf – it was like a pink cupcake in a bakery window. I was not disappointed. The Wide-Awake Princess is adventurous, sweet and even romantic. A perfect weekend read.