Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread

This one might require some explanation.


I mean, I think it works all right even if you don’t know the source, BUT YOU SHOULD.  So, if you haven’t read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Particia C. Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Talking with Dragons, etc.), they’re great.  Essentially, Princess Cimorene finds traditional princessing boring, so she takes the advice of a talking frog and goes looking for dragons, managing to end up as a delightful female dragon’s chief cook and librarian.  Adventures ensue.

The series is charming and inventive and exceedingly silly, and there are good full-cast audio recordings of all four books if that’s your bag.  I don’t want to be spoilery, but the bucket of soapy water with lemon juice is important.

Whatever, the drawing’s spoilery — that’s how you melt wizards.

Anyway, I recommend these pretty often for young girls who may not be interested in reading, because they have an intelligent, strong-willed heroine, a female King of the Dragons (eventually), and they’re a great mix for appealing to princess and fantasy lovers and rollicking adventure lovers.

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