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BLOG TOUR --- Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara
Author(s): Kris Waldherr
Edition: Harcover, eBook; 128 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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The Summary

Forget everything you thought you knew about princesses...

Welcome to Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr (author of Doomed Queens), where you'll discover what really happens after "Happily Ever After." From the war-torn Dark Ages of Medieval Europe to America's Gilded Age, and all the way up to Kate Middleton, Bad Princess explores more than 30 true princess stories, going beyond the glitz and glamour to find out what life was really like for young royals throughout history. 

A mix of royal biography, pop culture, art, style, and pure fun, Bad Princess is a whip-smart, tongue-in-cheek spin on the traditional princess narrative, proving that it takes more than a pretty crown to be a great leader. 

My Review

Bad Princess is a super cute and fast read!  I don't know about some of you, but I have been obsessed with princesses since I was little, both of the real and make-believe variety.  That's the premise that Waldherr works off of, girls (both young and old) and their obsession with all things princess.  But then she puts a spin on it, looking at some of the more "rebellious" or "risqué" princesses throughout history.  

Along the way, she also adds in explanations of different royal terms/ideas, like where did "blue blood" come from? And what the heck is the diff between an Earl and a Duke?  And were "Disney Princesses" like Ariel and Aurora based on real life ladies?  The mix of pop culture and historical explanations makes this book jam-packed with interesting tidbits!

But what I feel really makes this book stand out is the diversity that Waldherr includes.  While the majority of the royalty/aristocrats explored are European, Waldherr does include more Modern-day examples of royalty like Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Swaziland and Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai, showing that a girl doesn't have to be white to be a princess.  I think this is an important point, and one I wish was slightly expanded on throughout the whole book.

Both fun and informative, Waldherr strikes a great tone between the historic and the modern, the realistic and the fantastical.  I think this is a great book for a mother/daughter pair to read, and is a gateway into more in-depth historical fiction and biographies.  In stores now, go grab a copy of Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr, or enter below for your chance to win a finished copy!

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About the Author
Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” 

As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Waldherr's debut novel The Lost History of Dreams will be published by Touchstone Books in early 2019.


3 winners will receive a finished copy of BAD PRINCESS, US Only.

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