Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald
I actually really enjoyed this book. It has such strong women in it and the story is pretty adorable. Curdie offers a great unlikely hero and Irene is precocious and brave throughout.
The Princess and the Goblin is the story of Irene, a princess who discovers her great great great grandmother in the attic of her house, only no ones believes her. Her grandmother is magical and helps her on many adventures. Meanwhile, Curdie is a young boy who works in the mines and he discovers a plot by the evil goblins to kidnap Irene and make her marry the goblin prince.
An adorable little children’s story, this book has all the things The Water Babies didn’t, that is, likable characters and a plot you actually wanted to follow. It also leaves out all the dry humor and satirical elements that Kingsley put into his novel.
The Princess and the Goblin has all the right elements of a fairy tale. I especially love how Irene, at only eight years old, would break down in fits of crying, but immediately afterwards, stand up and pull herself together and get about what she needed to do. I also really loved Kingsley’s ideas of what makes a prince or a princess, because he makes it so that any well-behaved child who minds their manners and keeps their word can be royalty as well.
A really cute book and worth reading.