The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

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A little princess is protected by her friend Curdie and her newly-discovered great-great-grandmother from the goblin miners who live in caves beneath the royal castle.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2010].
Copyright Date: ©2010.
ISBN: 9780375863387
9780375963384
9780140350296
9780140367461
0140367462
9780590440257
059044025X
Characteristics: 259 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm.

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angela808
May 21, 2020

WOW! In this book I read on page 53 that the goblin king took a first queen a upstairs/human wife and the goblin king worshipped her and was in love with her but sadly she died giving birth to her son prince Harelip. WOW to think they did not show that in the cartoon movie.
I wish that happened. this book is on of my fav's I recommend you read it.

my fav page is reading page 53 it my fav part.

next time I'll read "The Princess and Curdie".

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ian12300
Apr 18, 2020

A whimsical children's fantasy/fairytale story that parents will enjoy along with their kids. A childlike innocence and wonder pervades every page.

IndyPL_SteveB Sep 11, 2019

1872 classic children’s fantasy, with possible Christian undertones. Princess Irene lives far away from her father’s capital city in a mountain castle. She is not allowed to go out at night because the goblins that live underground and their monstrous animals only come out when the sun sets. Generations ago the goblins used to live above ground and look more like normal humans; but they were defeated and forced into the mountain caves. There the goblins became twisted and grotesque, and they have kept their hatred of humans.

Irene is normally in the care of her nurse, Lootie. One night they are out together too late. While rushing to get back to the castle before sundown, they are chased by one of the goblin’s monsters. Curdie, a miner’s son, rescues them and gets them back to the castle. Later, while working underground in the mine, Curdie is captured by the goblins and Irene must save him.

The second half of the book is pretty exciting, with Irene and Curdie trapped underground, fleeing the goblins. The goblin queen wears shoes made of granite and stomps on toes to cripple her enemies, so that’s pretty cool. However, the storytelling is of that older “dear reader” style, where the author constantly interjects himself into the story to talk directly to the listener.

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JoelleDickson
Nov 20, 2017

''The Princess and the Goblin is one of my favorite books ''

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Forward_Moment
May 22, 2015

Absolutely one of my favorites. Wonderful characters, amazing imagery, and an exciting and engaging plot with just enough turns!

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lukasevansherman
Nov 03, 2013

British fantasy that influenced Lewis and Tolkien. It feels a little old fashioned compared to them, but is important for those interested in the history of fantasy lit. Also see "The Princess and Curdie."

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mathematic
May 29, 2013

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crystal_dark Oct 05, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to reading the sequel. George MacDonald is a really good author and is good at giving descriptions that help you to visualize the story and bring you into the world of the book. I felt that he did a great job of developing the plot and characters and helping the reader understand the mentality of his characters as well as their motives. This was a very enjoyable read.

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cherrytiger
Oct 31, 2010

A perfect little fairy tale! My 9 year old and I read it together and we both loved it!

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wwjdsj
Nov 22, 2008

Easy reading with a whole lot of imagination!

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May 28, 2014

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angela808
May 21, 2020

Princess Irene has discovered a secret winding stairway in the castle. It leads to a bewildering labyrinth of unknown passages with closed doors and further stairways. What lies at the top? Meanwhile, the miner's son Curdie overhears a fiendish plot/plan by the goblins that live below the mountain. With the help of Irene's magic ring, can they stop the goblins terrifying plans in time?

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