Title: The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny
Author: Michael Mullin
Review: I read and reviewed Michael’s short story, 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf, and enjoyed it (see review here.) This short story was a bit more confusing in verse then 8. I had to read quite a few lines over and over to figure out what was going on in the story. Rhyming verse is a cute way to write and it worked for 8, but I don’t think it really works well with this little tale. More is going on in this story and with it being an original fairy tale, I had not read it or anything like it before and so it was harder to follow along and read the rhymes. If I have to work while I read I lose the enjoyment and put the book down more often losing the flow. Reading that takes work, is not a relaxing activity that I enjoy.
This little tale may read better not in verse and appeal to a wider audience that way. I think this author is talented and should keep writing. I look forward to his next endeavor.
Publisher: Published February 22nd 2012 by Gemiknight Studios, LLC
Pages: Kindle Edition
Quick Review: 2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Sent by the author for review.
Synopsis: From the author of "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf" comes an original fairy tale about a teenage princess who hires the witch from "The Frog Prince" to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school. (Intended for YA readers and up.)
Author Biography: Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Los Angeles. He is the author of the TaleSpins™ books, "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf" and "The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny". He is also the co-author of John Skewes' successful "Larry Gets Lost" children's book series. His screenplay "Zooing Time" was recognized by the WGA's Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college (two positions he found disconcertingly similar).