Christy Webster is back with another fairytale dinosaur retelling! This time, instead of the wonderful Cinderella Rex we meet the brilliant Sleeping Bronty. Every bit as exciting a retelling as the first, I was thrilled to see that there was a second installment in this series of books. This time we have a new illustrator in Gladys Jose.
Sleeping Bronty very much follows a similar pattern to its inspiration, Sleeping Beauty, though I’ll admit that I find the villain’s motivation a bit lacking in comparison. Instead of Maleficent, we have Rhonda, which I did think was kind of odd. I saw little purpose behind this change. Ultimately, I don’t think there was any reason to change the villain entirely. Regardless, Rhonda wants to be queen and since that role is meant to go to Bronty, naturally she’ll have to get rid of her.
In line with the first book, where the fairytale is twisted to remove potentially problematic aspects, instead of the Prince kissing Sleeping Bronty awake he pulls her out of her dreams by having her sniff some spicy chili under her nose. It definitely removes those lack of consent concerns, which I appreciated. Sleeping Bronty is an exceptional dinosaur fairy story for both boys and girls to enjoy.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.