Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes, even if those shoes are fit for royalty. Elizabeth Kipps’s All The Queen’s Sons is a unique retelling of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” tale, only this time with princes. A plucky shoemaker’s daughter determines to learn why the ballooning shoe-related needs of the kingdom’s mysterious princes now monopolize the family business—a development she resents. But as she discovers their secrets and accesses their world formed beneath the weight of the looming crown, she learns that people are more complex than the simple fitting of their feet. A fun, unique take on the well-known story, All The Queen’s Sons will delight both young and old fans of level-headed girls, charming princes, and lovely lands.
Best for: Fans of fairytale retellings, kingdom adventure, family bonds, and loyal hearts.
Discern: Mild rebellion against parental control, misunderstanding within families, and an unpleasant neighborhood bully.