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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published April 15th 2020
A charming fairytale about two princesses who fall in love
Princess Princess Ever After, Katie O'Neill
Katie O'Neill. Onipress.

Princess Princess Ever After is an award-winning graphic novel written and illustrated by Katie O'Neill about two very different princesses who meet and fall in love and live "happily ever after" together. Princess Princess Ever After was originally created as a webcomic and later published as a graphic novel in September 2016 by Onipress. It is suitable for children between 7 and 11 years of age. It has been described as a "super cute" fairytale with a strong queer and feminist message. In was a Cybils Awards Finalist in 2014, it won the Autostraddle Comic Art Award for Favorite Graphic Novel in 2014, was listed in the ALA Rainbow Book List Top Ten in 2017 and was a Sakura Medal Nominee in 2018.

Princess Princess Ever After is loosely based off the fairytale Rapunzel. Sadie is a kind-hearted princess who loves to sing and has a cute fat little dragon for a friend. Sadie's sister convinced her she was too stupid and fat to rule the kingdom and that it would be better if she disappeared so she could rule in her place. Fearful of her sister, Sadie agreed to be locked away in a tower. Multiple princes tried to rescue her, but Sadie always turned them away, until Princess Amira arrived. Princess Amira is brave, carries a sword, rides a horse and likes to go looking for adventure. Sadie and Amira team up and go on an adventure together to return Sadie to her kingdom and to defeat her sister.

I really liked Amira and Sadie's characters. Amira was born a princess, but expressed dislike being trapped in a castle with nice things. She wanted to be a hero and to travel the world looking for adventure, but her parents kept pressuring her to marry a prince to serve the family and the kingdom. When Amira realized she could never live up to their expectations, she left to find her own path. Sadie is her opposite; short, fat, and a cry baby, who wasn't brave enough to stand up to her evil sister. But together, the two princesses are strong, and a perfect match against a world that wants to tell them how to think, act and behave.

Princess Princess Ever After was a charming book. The story explored gender and fairytale stereotypes in an interesting way, and contained a positive message in it about being true to yourself that will appeal to children.
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Why? Princess Princess Ever After is an award-winning children’s book that tells a fairytale about two very different princesses who join forces to challenge stereotypes about women and what it means to live happily ever after.
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