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Princess characters that young listeners will love

July 31, 2018

The princess as a figure in children’s and young adult stories is as versatile as she is familiar. She may be beautiful, she may be spoilt, but she may also be tough, smart and funny.

Check out these audiobooks with a range of princess characters that younger listeners will love.

The Magic Princess Dress: Marietta’s Magic Dress Shop #1 By Gwyneth Rees | Read by Sophie Aldred

An irresistible series from bestselling author, Gwyneth Rees, about the power of wishes and imagination.

Step inside Marietta’s Magic Dress Shop! There are hundreds of beautiful dresses in every colour of the rainbow, sewn with magic thread. Take a look, try one on and wait for the magic to whisk you away … When Ava enters Marietta’s dress shop on the hunt for her missing cat, she has no idea how magical it will be – but before she knows it, she’s trying on a beautiful Princess Bridesmaid dress, only to be whisked away to Fairytale Land – where Cinderella is about to get married, and her Fairy Godmother is about to turn Ava’s cat into something a lot less cute and fluffy!

The Cherry Pie Princess By Vivian French | Read by Vivian French

From the bestselling author of the Tiara Club series and The Adventures of Alfie Onion, comes a charming new comic fairytale for younger listeners.

It’s not much fun being a princess: you have to be prim, proper and obedient. Princess Peony lives in a world full of magical creatures – hags, trolls, giants and fairy godmothers – but her father’s strict rules leave her feeling bored and lonely. She wants to learn how to DO things, and cooking’s at the top of her list. But when Peony borrows a recipe book from the public library, the king has the old librarian who tried to help her arrested for “speaking out of turn”. Can Peony stand up to her father and make things right?

Princess for Hire: A Princess for Hire #1 By Lindsay Leavitt | Read by Eloise Oxer

A dash of royal rouge, an iridescent bubble and the job of her dreams for 15 year old Desi.

When an immaculately dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and asks you if you’d like to become a substitute princess, do you a) run b) faint c) say Yes! For Desi Bascomb, who’s been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C – that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right? Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don’t know? Or when a princess’s conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off – and you know she would want you to change his mind? In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

The Princess and the Suffragette By Holly Webb | Read by Amy Enticknap

A sequel to the bestselling and beloved A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

It is 1913, nine years after the end of A Little Princess saw Sara Crewe escape Miss Minchin’s orphanage. Lottie, the smallest girl from the original story, learns about the Suffragette movement from Sara, who returns to visit from time to time. Soon Lottie finds herself sneaking out of the orphanage to attend a demonstration, in defiance of her cold, distant father. A father who has a secret to hide about her own missing mother … A story about lost mothers turning up in unexpected situations, the power of friendship and female empowerment.


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