The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight
For every parent tired of telling their kids to PLEASE JUST GET ALONG, this hilarious and imaginative new picture book--from the beloved creators of Babymouse--is here to help. Sort of.Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn't much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems? Children and parents will laugh at seeing familiar family dynamics play out in this charming and imaginative new story.

The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight Details

TitleThe Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524771348
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family, Humor

The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight Review

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    Brother and sister team Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm, the creators behind such popular comic series as Baby Mouse and Squish, join forces once again in this picture-book exploration of sibling rivalry. The eponymous Evil Princess likes to play mean tricks, while her brother, the Brave Knight, enjoys rescuing anyone in distress. When their play leads to a quarrel, their magic mirror separates them. But is it really as fun, playing by themselves? Can they learn to play together...?Although I did a Brother and sister team Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm, the creators behind such popular comic series as Baby Mouse and Squish, join forces once again in this picture-book exploration of sibling rivalry. The eponymous Evil Princess likes to play mean tricks, while her brother, the Brave Knight, enjoys rescuing anyone in distress. When their play leads to a quarrel, their magic mirror separates them. But is it really as fun, playing by themselves? Can they learn to play together...?Although I did appreciate some things about The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight - the importance of imaginative play, the fact that the sibling rivalry was occasionally interrupted by sibling cooperation - in the end I found the book mostly uninspiring. The artwork simply wasn't appealing - it felt too cartoon-like, and even unfinished at times - and the story, although clearly meant to be humorous, didn't really amuse me. My funny bone can be difficult to find, so perhaps I just wasn't the right audience for this one. Recommended to fans of the Holms, and to anyone looking for new picture-books about sibling rivalry.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Sister and brother, evil princess and brave knight. They lived together in a castle but that didn’t always mean that they got along. The Evil Princess liked to be mean to the Brave Knight. The Brave Knight liked to be brave but he could also be mean, when the Evil Princess was evil to him. The Magic Mirror got tired of their mischief so she sent them each to their rooms!That was fine…….at first. They played in their rooms and did what Evil Princesses and Brave Knights do by themselves. Then, it Sister and brother, evil princess and brave knight. They lived together in a castle but that didn’t always mean that they got along. The Evil Princess liked to be mean to the Brave Knight. The Brave Knight liked to be brave but he could also be mean, when the Evil Princess was evil to him. The Magic Mirror got tired of their mischief so she sent them each to their rooms!That was fine…….at first. They played in their rooms and did what Evil Princesses and Brave Knights do by themselves. Then, it got rather boring as they each had no one to play with. The Magic Mirror said they could each come out ONLY if they played nice together. When they came out of their rooms, it was boring playing nice together then, they decided to go on a quest together and then, well……let’s just say that the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight just might need to spend more time in their rooms later. This is a cute picture book that teaches a good lesson on playing together and getting along but what really gets resolved in the end? It also helps children discover that not all kids get along and that perhaps they need to find something to do beside doing the same thing every day. The illustrations were comical and colorful. A very fun and engaging book.
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those picture books that's nostalgic for adults remembering their own days of sibling rivalry, but pretty much useless as a decent story for children.The Evil Princess and the Brave Knight are siblings who just can't get along. They fight constantly, so they get sent to their rooms. Upon being released, they're bored... so they decide to go on a quest. They rescue a "maiden" who doesn't need to be rescued, flood the bathroom, and then blame it on the cat. They're forced to clean u This is one of those picture books that's nostalgic for adults remembering their own days of sibling rivalry, but pretty much useless as a decent story for children.The Evil Princess and the Brave Knight are siblings who just can't get along. They fight constantly, so they get sent to their rooms. Upon being released, they're bored... so they decide to go on a quest. They rescue a "maiden" who doesn't need to be rescued, flood the bathroom, and then blame it on the cat. They're forced to clean up anyway, and promptly fall back into their old rivalry and behaviour (which, quite frankly, could hurt someone).The characters don't learn anything. They're still doing the same things they were doing at the beginning of the book. I know my parents wouldn't have put up with me trying to physically hurt my sister, and I don't like seeing that sort of behaviour depicted in a children's book with no consequences and no character growth. It's not funny (except maybe for adults who are remembering their own childhood brawls).I'm seeing way too many children's picture books lately that aren't really suitable for children. Authors who are nostalgic about their own childhoods should go reread their favourite picture books or write a full-length memoir... not write allegories about their own bad behaviour and try to pass them off as picture books for kids.
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  • Lenoire
    January 1, 1970
    The Evil Princess is known for casting terrible spells. The Brave Knight protects the villagers from the evil dragons. One of them helps those in need while the other causes mischief. Between the two of them, the kingdom is always in distress. I thought the book was a fun read but, I didn't like that the little girl was portrayed as a villain. I felt like with kids even if one child seems to be one way, when they are playing together their personalities do change. Overall, it's a fun read becaus The Evil Princess is known for casting terrible spells. The Brave Knight protects the villagers from the evil dragons. One of them helps those in need while the other causes mischief. Between the two of them, the kingdom is always in distress. I thought the book was a fun read but, I didn't like that the little girl was portrayed as a villain. I felt like with kids even if one child seems to be one way, when they are playing together their personalities do change. Overall, it's a fun read because I did notice things that my brother and I used to do when we were little (and sometimes, now).
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  • Ellon
    January 1, 1970
    Saw Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm at the National Book Festival and they read the book to me!What can be better than that?!?This was a really cute book. I love the repetitiveness of the "that's what an evil princess does" and "that's what a brave knight does." The ending was also really great and I love how it ties everything back to the beginning.I don't love the style of illustrations and definitely prefer some of Matthew Holm's other illustrations.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Jennifer and Matthew Holm but I definitely did not LOVE this book. The book tells of the story of 2 siblings who are really unkind to each other but it doesn't resolve the problem. It just treats it as being kind of silly and funny. My 2 youngest have a very difficult time getting along and I was hoping this would be a great book to discuss some ideas and instead I think it just gave them more bad ideas!
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    An evil princess and a brave knight lived together in the same castle, but all was not peaceful in the kingdom. They were always bickering, and the magic mirror had to keep them apart by sending them to their rooms. A fun look at siblings as they try to one up each other, and a parents quest to keep the peace.
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  • Read Ribbet
    January 1, 1970
    The brother and sister team behind Babymouse tell the tale of two siblings who fight to establish their identities as an evil princess and a brave knight. Talking bubbles set the book up for reading aloud with multiple voices. Minimal will make the text accessible to most readers. Their attempt to get along will resonate with many young readers who have siblings or close relatives.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Humorous way to share about spatting siblings. This brother and sister are a brave knight and an evils princess with a poor cat simply trying to survive. The Magic Mirror sends them to their chambers. After they come out, they play together well until the ending of the book.Fun illustrations and a story so many can relate to at all ages.
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  • Marya
    January 1, 1970
    I understand the perspective of the adult character in the book (obviously), but the little girl seems overly mean. Is that a girl thing or an older sibling thing?
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This made me laugh out loud, and I liked it, and yet... there was something about it ... just didn't have that *umph* and resolution that it needed at the end.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This is a super cute book for siblings who have a hard time getting along. Also for those with wild imaginations. It made me laugh out loud and I really liked the illustrations too.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Siblings AND their parents everywhere will love this funny take on getting along.
  • Renee Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Brother and sister pretend story.
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this new picture book by the amazing sibling duo--Matt and Jennifer Holm
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A magical tale of sibling rivalry. A lot of fun!
  • Barb Chansky
    January 1, 1970
    The "quality" children's literature that occupies the shelves of B&N; and, yes, the cover is priceless as well.
  • Jessie Bond
    January 1, 1970
    Sibling relationships be like that sometimes.
  • kim
    January 1, 1970
    cute, but it doesn't really resolve anything in the end
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Will be curious to see how this reads aloud to kids. Lots of potential.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I can already hear the griping about how it encourages sibling rivalry and doesn't give a good lesson.I liked the illustrations!
  • Ana Gutierrez
    January 1, 1970
    An amusing tale of siblings being siblings. It's quite amusing.
  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    A funny story about brothers and sisters I am assuming might be "close to home" for the author and illustrator. Amusing images (watch for a poor, put-upon kitty) and relatable text.
  • Halli
    January 1, 1970
    A cute tale of sibling rivalry and pretend play that almost gets resolved in the end. It looks like this is going to be a series, so I'm sure that's why it is open-ended.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing like sibling rivalry!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect brother/sister sibling rivalry book for kids.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A clever, enjoyable, and relatable story about sibling dynamics.
  • Barb Keltner
    January 1, 1970
    Cute picture book about a brother and sister who "really need to learn to get along." All the more amusing that it's written by a brother and sister team who admit to fighting in their youth.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Cute take on a sibling rivalry story.
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