My daughter’s bath is full of toys, various pieces of molded plastic for her entertainment. Most of these plastic delights resemble marine animals, except for this book. It’s a bath book. The first in her aquatic library, “The Castle” by Pattie Silver. Below is a full excerpt.
The prince is very nice.
The crocodile is mean.
The princess waits
On the other side,
To become the beautiful queen.
That’s the entire text of the book. Sorry for the spoilers. It’s the tale of a meek princess waiting for her prince to rescue her so she can be crowned queen. With that kind of plot, I’m surprised it wasn’t written in the 1940s.
The Crocodile is mean, so I was expecting he would be some sort of challenge for the prince. Maybe the crocodile is more snarky then violent. Like he’s kept the princess in the castle with catty insults instead of the threat of physicality.
The confrontation between the prince and the crocodile is missing from the book. The prince just walks through another part of the moat, avoiding the crocodile entirely. And if the crocodile is mean, why does he chill out to watch the prince propose? Is he secretly into romance?
Also, are crocodiles really an indigenous species to a place that has a Tudor-inspired castle (ie. England). This book’s logic is totally flawed. Was it written by George Lucas?
All in all, this is a book that’s best looked at and not read. It can float and the pictures are pretty. By the time my daughter can actually read, this book won’t be in her library. If she’s going to learn about meek princesses being rescued by noble princes it won’t be from a book, it’ll be from a Disney movie.