Here are princesses for the Rebel Girls generation: bold, empowered, and determined to be true to themselves.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . what makes a princess excellent?" When an enchantress flings her magic mirror into our universe, its reflection reveals princesses who refuse to be just pretty, polite, and obedient. These are girls determined to do the rescuing themselves. Princess Leila of the desert protects her people from the king with the black-and-gold banner; Princess Tica takes a crocodile for a pet; Princess Ellen explores the high seas; Princess Abayome puts empathy and kindness above being royal; and in a tower block, Princess saves her community's beloved garden from the hands of urban developers.

Connecting these stories is the magic mirror, which reveals itself when each girl needs it most, illuminating how a princess's power comes not from her title or beauty, but from her own inner strength. These beautifully imagined stories offer the pleasure and familiarity of traditional tales with refreshingly modern themes.
These tales are enchanting in both their realness and their whimsy.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Joyful retellings of time-honored fairy tales to inspire and challenge a new generation.—Publishers Weekly

The writing is jaunty, and the lushly illustrated and decorated pages are full of movement, detail, and character.—Horn Book Magazine

An enjoyable addition to a princess collection—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books