Saturday, 28 September 2013

Blog Tour - Sir Princess Petra's Talent - Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson's Book Blog Tour 2013

Sir Princess Petra's Talent book 2

Back Cover:

'Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen---they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers!

But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?'


This was my second experience of Sir Princess Petra and I had enjoyed reading about this princess who would rather be a knight. The class of children I had read this too loved the book too. 

So when I was offered the chance to be part of the blog tour for book 2 I jumped at the chance. This begins with a brief explanation of who princess Petra is, I feel this is useful as the children I was reading the book too were able to be reminded of her previous adventure. As well as children who had not heard her story before were able to 'catch up' before her next adventure. 

Princess Petra is enjoying being a knight, she has a dragon that she has befriended and life is good, that is until the day when the king tells her she needs to go to get a talent for princesses. This does not go down well with princess Petra as she feels that her skills of being a knight are much better than any talent she could ever gain from some school! 

In the end she attends but she doesn't attend smoothly and tries to get out of it anyway possible. When she arrives at the school she is introduced to king Asterman and he asks what talent she would like to learn. Again princess Petra tries to make his life as difficult as possible by choosing talents that the king feels are not suitable for her. 

Yet again this is a wonderful story for boys and girls of all ages. I feel that younger children would enjoy this being read to them, there are some 'tricky' words for younger children, however this gives an ideal opportunity to discuss these. 

The story is a wonderful one to get round stereotyping of princesses and how they are meant to behave and act. Boys as well as girls will enjoy this story. 

From a teachers point of view I enjoyed reading this story to my class, there are many adjectives used in the book and this helped the children to understand what an adjective is and how it is used. We were then able to create a lesson based on adjectives and describing a character. There are a few illustrations in the book but not too many, when the children came to drawing and describing Princess Petra they were all different as they didn't have many images to go by. I liked this as it helped them to develop their imagination. Something that in today's society seems to be lacking some what. It is also a good book as it encourages children to not judge things on first view, they think that a princess should be a certain way, this is completely different to how she is in the book. 

I would like to thank Diane for sending me this copy to review and for being part of her blog tour. 

About the Author:

Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book.

Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a tutor at the Creative Writing Institute. She also works full time at a dental office.

The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, has won two prestigious awards: Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts), a Purple Dragonfly Book Award, and The Reader’s Choice Award..
Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, is the second book in this fantasy/adventure children’s chapter book series. Diane is currently writing book three.

 Author’s website at:

Author’s Blog

Before book one was accepted for a traditional publishing contract, the book received 27 rejections from traditional publishers. Next came a near-contract, then a contract that  failed to produce the book, and finally a contract that did produce the book.

When the author isn’t writing, she is reading, riding her horse, playing with her dogs, tending her enormous flower beds, or walking in her forest. The forest surrounding her house has been her biggest inspiration in writing fantasy children’s books. Diane walks amongst the giant trees and her imagination soars thinking of all the magical creatures that surely dwell there.

Author’s website at:

Author’s Blog

Ways to contact Diane:

Twitter - @DianeMaeRobinso
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  1. A delightful book review about a charming not so ordinary princess!

  2. C.L., you are everywhere! Thanks for following me around the tour. I appreciate it.

    Thanks you, Samantha, for a great review. I'm glad the kids liked the book.
    On my website, there is a teachers lesson plan for grades 3 - 4.
    Oh, and my website address is actually:

  3. Very nice review. I am so glad you joined Diane's book blog tour

  4. I'm really glad you signed her up, Sue. Good job!

  5. Thank you both! I loved being part of it.