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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1994)
A wispy confection from the author of My Teacher Is An Alien (1989) and other bonbons, featuring a fire-breathing dragon, a misguided witch, talking animals, a hottempered princess, a plucky young page, and "the world's oldest working squire." When King Mildred (yes, Mildred; he had a difficult youth) offers half his kingdom and his daughter Wilhelmina's hand to whoever slays the dragon created by witch Grizelda, only old Squire Elizar volunteers; but the feisty princess, in disguise, slips out to do the deed herself. A few quick adventures later, the dragon is bloodlessly vanquished, Elizar discovers that Grizelda is really his long-lost wife, and Willie achieves her heart's desire -- knighthood. Most of these ideas recall such longer fantasies as Patricia Wrede's Dealing With Dragons (1990) and its sequels, but Coville's sly sense of humor gives it all a tasty glaze. 1994, S&S, $14.00; paper $3.50. © 1994 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
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