An evil grudge. A dark curse.
Long ago, Princess Matilda’s mother upset the evil witch Hilary, causing her to leave their kingdom, fuming and spouting threats.
Now, after many years, Hilary is back, hungry for revenge. She unleashes a black cloud on the townspeople and casts a dark spell on Princess Matilda.
Princess Matilda’s hair starts falling out, and she’s getting weaker by the day. Her only hope? Find her fairy godmother. The journey is long and dangerous in her weakened state. With the help of her brave new friend, Percy, can the courageous Princess Matilda find her fairy godmother and beat the witch’s curse once and for all?
The story itself is simple enough. Queen Rose’s childhood friend Hilary turns out to be a witch. When Hilary does not win the Queen of the Village title she vows to bring havoc to the town, one day. When Princess Matilda reaches the age of thirteen, this “black cloud” that has brought death and sickness to the village attacks the Princess. I won’t reveal what happens after that, but it was a wonderful tale of love, fear, hope, despair and happiness.
It is quite easy to draw the corollary between the “black cloud” and cancer. I’m unsure if this was the intent of the book, but I could well imagine young childhood cancer sufferers taking hope and strength from Princess Matilda’s story.
Just a lovely book and well done to the author.
It’s a lovely fairy tale with a real-life twist- cancer. The message in this story-pool our resources and fight together- is powerful and relevant. We all know someone fighting this fight. Pool our resources and fight together, and with a little luck, we’ll banish that black cloud of cancer. What more could we want?
Such a sweet story with stunning illustrations. An excellent book.
Rose and Hillary are the best of friends as they grew up, or so Rose thought. Together in a pageant, they are showcased for a future King, Noah, to choose for his Queen. After Rose is chosen, Hillary is not to happy and tells Rose that she never did like her and only was her friend to use her. Upset, Hillary casts a Black Cloud spell to last an eternity.
This black cloud spreads across Noah and Rose’s village, causing sickness and death similar to the effects of cancer. Flash forward and they have a baby, Matilda. Scared of the curse, Noah and Rose keep her secluded to prevent her from falling to the black cloud.
Matilda sneaks out one day and meets Hillary in the forest, who infects the black cloud in her. This is as far as I’ll go with the plot to prevent spoilers. From here, Jay magnificently crafts a story that is not only touching but entertaining and well thought out. The artwork throughout the book was amazing and added to the experience.
A well deserved 5 out of 5
Princess Matilda’s Miracle by Suzie Jay is, at first glance, a lovely fairy tale filled with good and evil, princesses and princes, and a good dose of fairy magic. Shy Rose is encouraged to enter the village’s contest to choose a queen and king, much to the displeasure of her odd friend, Hilary. When Rose is chosen as queen, Hilary’s true colors are revealed–she’s a witch and she vows revenge on Rose and the other villagers. That revenge comes in the form of a black cloud, which sickens people and even kills them.
As the story unfolds, the reader becomes aware that this story is, at its heart, beautiful and hopeful allegory. It’s perfect for readers of all ages and reminds us of how precious life is, and that we can’t ever give up. I loved this book! 5 BIG STARS!!