Tonight we tried something the girls picked out from the library yesterday. The Monster Princess, by D.J. MacHale, ended up in my bag from the new picture book section.
Did you ever wish to be a princess? Lala, the Rugabee, did. A Rugabee is a type of monster that lives underground and collects a special kind of nut. But Lala, a very talented and popular Rugabee, wanted to be a princess and live above ground and dance!
One day, she ventures into the castle and finds the princesses' room, where she tries on their dresses. At first they are afraid, but they end up ridiculing her in public, which really hurts Lala's feelings.
When I opened this book and realized it was a rhyming book, I silently groaned to myself. I am not a fan of rhyming books. I've never really liked poetry (sorry, Mom, it's true, but I'll still recite poetry for your birthday) so rhyming books usually have a groan-inducing eyeball-rolling effect on me. But The Monster Princess was actually not obnoxious rhyming, so it's one I could read again! Most rhyming books aren't very cleaver and they try too hard. I didn't feel like that with The Monster Princess. The girls enjoyed reading it with me, so I officially declare that The Monster Princess will be renewed 3 weeks from now! Unless, of course, somebody has a hold on it already.