Publisher: Random House Children
Genre: Childrens Fiction, (Middle Age)
“Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.”
I just want to start off by saying how much I appreciate the opportunity to have read this book before it’s publication. Thank you Netgalley and Random House! I’m truly humbled to receive your ARC’s.
Now on to our book review. This book was absolutely adorable. Just look at that cover! It reflects perfectly what this story is about. Magic dresses, a plucky little white mouse (who quickly became a favorite character of mine), an obnoxious canary, a lovely Princess and of course a devious plot to send the kingdom into chaos. Because what story would be complete without evil plots? Also there are different dresses that help mark the beginning of a new chapter. It’s really creative and a little something that will help hold the interest of younger readers. Not that they would lose interest in such a good book.
Darling Dimple is a 10-year old orphan working and living in a magical castle that was made by, dragons! In the beginning of the book she is given the job of an Under-Scrubber, scrubbing pots and pans along with her best friends Gillian and Roger. Together the three of them make the best of living in the Under-Cellar by making soap bubbles while Darling tells fanciful stories. Soon Darlings luck turns around and she’s chosen to be the new Under-Presser for Princess Mariposa. This means she will move to the Upper-Attic and dorm with other girls who serve the Princess. Unfortunately the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and Darling finds herself being bullied by Francesca. (A mean who girl who really learns no lesson at all.)
After being ordered to look after the Princess’ little yellow canary, Darling discovers a closet full of a hundred beautiful dresses. Now I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I walked into a room full of gorgeous dresses there’s no way I wouldn’t try them on. And that’s exactly what she did. At this point is when the adventure really begins. You see those dresses are not just ordinary dresses, they’re magic! Instantly they fit exactly to her size and transform her into someone else, each time!
Using the dresses to help disguise her, Darling finds a way to tap into the castles own magic to save Princess Mariposa and her kingdom from certain impending doom.
Schmid did a wonderful job here. The whole story had a very positive vibe to it. There were great lessons to be learned. Darling’s character constantly made mistakes but still she never took the easy road. And there were definitely times where she could have. It was nice to see that she felt remorse and a sense of responsibility whenever she did something wrong. Especially at a young age. Darling also cared very much for her friends and especially for Jane (the woman who raised her). She showed a lot of respect to authority, even when she didn’t like it. Darling’s character is very humble and modest.Wonderful traits!
There was so much adventure and so many secrets to uncover in this book that I just don’t see how we’re expected to wait for the next books in what’s sure to be a fun series. I really can’t wait to see what happens next for Darling and her new friend Princess Mariposa.
Highly recommend this book to our young avid readers. This is a great book for parents and children to read together as there are aspects that both can appreciate. Keep an eye out for this as it hits the shelves October, 25th 2016 😉
I really loved this book. When I give it a five out of five candies it’s because it was really a fantastic little story. Even now when I look at the cover I want to start reading it all over again! Although honestly I wish I already had a physical copy because I don’t like e-books at all. I can’t wait to buy this boot when it comes out. Especially so I can read it with my niece who is just starting to get into books. She’ll love this!
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