Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sir Princess Petra's Talent: Blog Tour and Review

Welcome to Sir Princess Petra's Talent Blog Tour
By Dianne Mae Robinson
We are so delighted to be back joining in this blog tour and reviewing Dianne's sequel.

For anyone who missed our review of book one, hop on over:


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?

Our Review:
We journey back to the land of Pen Pieyu, with the delightful Sir Princess Petra. I really like that Ms Robinson took the time to familiarise a new reader with Petra's antics from book 1.
There have been many celebrations since Petra's momentous taming the fire breathing dragon Snarls, who subsequently has become the Royal Barbeque expert. I love it. he he. But once again our brave Petra finds herself up against the Royal Rule Book.  The kind and queen in a desperate attempt to rid their young princess of all this silly Knightlyness, decree that Petra must obtain a talent from the Land Of Lost Donkeys.
Well, Petra is not perturbed. Off she goes and along her journey she is challenged by a knight with quite the penchant for pink. He is very intent on preventing her from obtaining her talent certificate. Why, I can  not tell you, but it is quite hilarious. The delightful Petra always finds a way to befriend her foes and the odd pink knight, whom is called Prince Duce Crablips accompanies her to Talent School. There King Asterman does his best to get Petra to do some very silly talents like Etiquette, or Crochet, or Fainting Fast, or Cloak Sewing or worst of all in our fiercely independent princess's opinion, Preparing To Be Engaged School. Yuk! (That was from Petra not me he he)
But Petra can't be hoodwinked the way everyone who encounters Bograt the Bogwitch is. No Petra will not have a bar of all those other silly things, she wants to attend Writing School.
Petra sets to work and with her vivid imagination she writes a most excellent poem. Only after 100 pulled faces, does King Asterman ascends to give her her Writing Certificate.
Hurrah, Petra has obtained her talent, but on the way, the adventure in her spirit rears up and Petra convinces Prince Duce and Snarls to accompany her into The Vast Wilderness.
There they meet the furry Ganutes, who reveal to Petra that she is infact not the first to venture into their lands. The irrepressive Bograt The Bogwitch has gone before them. Well, this is great news to Petra, as that is one of the Royal Rules that entitles the person to become a Knight of The Royal Court, imagine it.
So Petra returns to her kingdom and insists that Bograt be given the title she has well earned, and a great celebration is in order. But not before Petra must display her talent.
Here is the most enchanting part of the story.
Petra tells a beautiful tale, taught to her by her Nanny before she went off seeking fortune. Petra mesmorises them all with her tale and thus, the art of story telling has returned to the Land Of Pen Pieyu.

This was a wonderful story, where we see Petra's beautiful personality develop even further. I absolutely adore Petra's innocent antics, making this a super clean and appropriate read for children aged 5-8. I loved the story that Petra told, it was magical and I can definitely see a spin off book., hehe. The illustrations throughout the book again are enchanting.
We loved it, and give this second book in Ms Robinson's tales, 5 stars.  

Diane’s Social Media Links
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About Diane 
She 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) and a Purple Dragonfly Book Award. The book has been short-listed for two other awards.

September 24th

September 25th (Jessica) review & giveaway

September 26th

September 27th (Brittany) review

September 28th

September 29th (Chris) Book Blast / Meet the Author

September 30th

October 1st (Tonja) review & giveaway

October 2nd (Author C.L. Murphy) interview

October 3rd

October 4th

October 5th (Erik – review & giveaway) (Author Steve Lothian) review

October 6th (Dawn Heslin review & giveaway)

October 7th

October 8th (Author Elaine Ouston) review (Sue – Special Post for Tour Sites)
October 9th - (Author Diane Robinson – for Tour Sites)


  1. Julie, what a wonderful review. Thank you.You have made tears come to my eyes because so much effort and editing was put into this book, and production was really delayed because of all the editing.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

    1. Hi Diane, congrats on your book. I feel every bit of struggle with you, this publishing business is a heart wrenching process, but Petra is lovely, so well done.

  2. Great synopsis and review Julie - yes I forgot to mention in my review about the tale told at the end - Wonderful!! And Petra rocks!! Agreed.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Renee, yes we would love to read that tale as a picture book. Gigi would love it.

  3. A great and thorough review, Julie. I'm not normally a Princessy book reader, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book and love the humor and illustrations. See you later in the tour.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Steve. We love Petra, I can't wait till Gigi is old enough to read her.

    2. Steve, thank you for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed my Princessy book.

  4. Thanks, Renee, for stopping by and saying, Petra rocks!!

  5. Oh, I'm reading this one tomorrow! So I didn't read your review. . .almost feels like cheating ;) I'll be back though!