By Debbie Dadey, Illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan
Published by: Aladdin; 1 edition (May 7, 2013)
Available in: hardcover, paperback, Kindle, NOOK
At the time of this review there were 10 books in the Mermaid Tales series.
The Lost Princess (Mermaid Tales Book 5) dives into the undersea world with nautical language, girl characters and a little bit of science in each book.
Like many chapter books series, this one keeps the easy reading prominent and the originality subdued. But most girls probably won’t care. There are merpeople who use fun language like “totally wavy” and talk about the “family shell.” There are also cool sections about vampire squids, a newfound celebrity complete with sparkling tiara, and a couple of boy merkids thrown in to keep it real.
The illustrations, like the text and plot, are not the most challenging or original, but they’re sweet and effective, and exactly what a young reader will expect. Setting expectations for reading material is a good thing; if we always had a surprise, what would the norm be?
The back section of every book has fun additional information, such as a glossary, examples of sculptures talked about in the plot and song lyrics. It’s a well-developed, full package, and if a young female reader takes to it like a fish to water… well, she’s got a lot of books to keep her treading water for days. It’s easy to jump in.
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