Animal Princess would rather muck about in the sewers fighting slime monsters than wear another frilly princess dress. In fact, she frequently does, ditching the usual royal trappings for animal-themed pajamas that grant her the abilities of the creatures she emulates.
With her trusty feline steed, Buttercup, at her side, Animal Princess dispatches nefarious thee-head wizards, frosting-spewing sentient cupcakes, and spectral dust bunnies alike with moxie and an almost fiendish aplomb. You won’t find any shoehorned moral lessons here; The Radically Awesome Adventures of the Animal Princess is pure bombastic mischief.
Not that Animal Princess always comes up on top. One story—the third of three tales—finds our heroine begging Queen Mom for the Super-Max Hoverboard 3000. She deflects all suggestions of earning money for chores with a “Blecch! Chores are lame!” Sir Ernesto, a luchador knight, tells the princess of a dragon who dispenses “dangerous dragon quests” in exchange for treasure.
The dragon turns out to be a nebbish, bespectacled chap dressed in flannel. He plays along, handing Animal Princess and Buttercup a pair of mops he declares are “special uh…swords” for cleaning up some spilled orange soda before the “fizzy radioactive dude” it actually is reforms.
The Radically Awesome Adventures of the Animal Princess is pure bombastic mischief.
A mess of toys becomes an “attacking army” that the dragon bewitched. Animal Princess needs to launch them into a “magic box” so they’ll stay frozen forever. Freezer gunk is reframed as an “icy mold monster.”
Several costume changes later, our intrepid heroine has swabbed the dragon’s floors, put away his clutter, dusted under his bed, cleaned his fridge, and fed his giant hamster. “Thanks for doing all of my chores, Animal Princess,” the dragon lets slip.
“Chores?!” What’s your game, dragon?” Animal Princess demands. The dragon gives her $50 and her anger fades into glee. The Super-Max Hoverboard 3000 is hers.
“So, did you do extra chores to get some money?” her mother asks. “I did some quests for a fierce dragon,” Animal Princess replies. “I’m way too cool for lame-o chores!”
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The Radically Awesome Adventures of the Animal Princess
Written and illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis
40 pp. Blue Apple Books. $11.99.
(Graphic novel; ages 6-9)