Thursday, January 1, 2009

Book Review: The Princess & the Goblin

Author: George MacDonald
Review by Lauren Tatum, 12 years old
September 15, 2003

The Princess and the Goblin takes place in Scotland in the medieval ages. The main character in this story is Princess Irene. The other main characters are Curdie, Irene's great-great-great grandmother, Lootie, and the Goblin Queen and King.

The conflict was that the Goblins were planning to kidnap Princess Irene. The climax was when Curdie found out what the Goblins were going to do.

My favorite character was Irene's great-great-great-grandmother because she was very wise and beautiful and she knew what to do when something went wrong. The Princess and the Goblin is a great fantasy books that all ages can enjoy. George MacDonald is such a great writer it is hard not to like his books. I would recommend this book to children around eleven and up.

"I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start; a vision of things which even so real a revelation as a change of religious allegiance has substantially only crowned and confirmed. Of wall the stories I have read, including even all the novels of the same novelist, it remains the most real, the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin and is by George MacDonald." -- G. K. Chesterton

Other Books George MacDonald Wrote
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women, 1858
Adela Cathcart, 1864
Includes, The Light Princess
The Portent: A Story of the Inner Vision of the Higlanders, 1864
At the Back of the North Wind, 1870
The Princess and the Goblin, 1871
The Wise Woman: A Parable, 1875
The Princess and Curdie, 1882
Sequel to The Princess and the Goblin
The Flight of the Shadow, 1891
Lilith: A Romance, 1895

PLUS:
11 Short Stories
27 Novels
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