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REVIEW: Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck

Dear Ms. Huck,

Your book “Princess Furball” was recommended to me by etv13, one of our readers here, after I posted a review of the movie “Donkey Skin.” I instantly fell in love with the name since I have two little Princess Furballs at home. Well, I finally got my own copy of the book and after finishing it, I have to say it’s charming.

The story is not quite “Donkey Skin” and not quite “Three Nuts for Cinderella” but rather a blending of the two. And here the theme of incest is not included. Instead the King, who has ignored his daughter for years after his wife died, promises her to an ogre who will pay handsomely for her hand in marriage. But her beloved nurse, who thought of the Princess as a daughter, had made sure to see that the Princess was learned. So she grew up to be strong, capable and clever enough to think of a way out of the hateful marriage. Of course it involves a handsome Prince but also three beautiful dresses, three keepsakes from the Princess’ mother and a coat made of the hides of 1000 different animals. And naturally there’s a happy ever after plus one yummy looking wedding cake.

The illustrations by Anita Lobel remind me a touch of the Impressionists of the late 19th century and are colorful and skillfully done. I think any child would be enchanted by them and able to follow the story through them. The story is simply told though detailed all the same. And though I don’t want to get bogged down in PCness, it’s nice to see a Princess who is responsible for her own HEA who gets a Prince who recognizes that she is as clever as she is lovely. B+




Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Heidi Belleau
    May 16, 2012 @ 15:27:27

    Oh, this was one of my absolute favourite books as a kid. The illustrations are just beautiful. I remember loving each of her three dresses and thinking they were the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.

  2. Jayne
    May 16, 2012 @ 17:52:11

    @Heidi Belleau: From the reviews at Amazon and other places, it seems like the story is a beloved favorite of a lot of readers. After reading it, I can see why.

  3. Jody W.
    May 16, 2012 @ 19:33:05

    Wow. You guys are selling me on everything lately! This one’s right up this family’s alley…

  4. Amanda
    May 17, 2012 @ 10:44:19

    I’m a fan of this variation on the “Donkey Skin” story too. There was also another interpretion in Jim Henson’s “Storyteller” TV series, an episode called “Sapsorrow.” There are odious (step?)sisters in that one, played by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, to make it even more enjoyable.

  5. Heidi Belleau
    May 17, 2012 @ 11:24:27

    @Amanda: Really? French and Saunders? And I didn’t know about this? Awesome!!!

  6. Jayne
    May 17, 2012 @ 13:23:16

    @Amanda: @Heidi Belleau: And these are on streaming at Netflix! Thanks Amanda.

  7. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 @ 07:41:37

    @Heidi: @Jayne: You’re very welcome! Another Storyteller episode is a lovely retelling of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.” Lots of goodness for lovers of obscure fairy tales. :)

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