Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson Review and GIVEAWAY!

5 Oct

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Today I get to be part of a blog tour for a book I have been looking forward to – the next book in The Pen Pieyu Adventures – Sir Princess Petra’s Talent! The blog tour was organized by the Marvelous Ms. Morris of Kid Lit Reviews (click HERE). What’s more exciting is that I get to give away a copy of the new Princss Petra book to one lucky reader! WOO! Read to the end to figure out how to enter!

I reviewed the first Pen Pieyu Adventure in 2012 for International Read Aloud Day (click HERE to read that review).


I loved the character of Princess Petra, the princess who didn’t want to be 2012-07-13 08.57.08“princessy” but wanted to be a knight. I really liked the writing style of Ms. Robinson too. I was very happy to hear Ms. Robinson wrote a second book in the series!

prncesspetSir Princess Petra’s Talent – Book 2 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures

by Diane Mae Robinson (Author)

92 pages – ages 7+

Published by Tate Publishing on September 24, 2013

Petra Longstride, princess of Pen Pieyu, the kingdom’s only princess knight (and the only actual knight), is angry.  Her father, King Longstride, has made a new rule in the Royal Rulebook, one which states that all princesses in the Kingdom must go to a Talent School and get a certificate. Why can’t Petra’s parents just let her be a knightly princess, instead of a girly princess? Instead she has to go to talent school and figure out what talent she has.

This is a great sequel to “Sir Princess Petra!”  There is action, romance (that Petra hates – apparently some guy is supposed to marry her, and he doesn’t want to, and Petra doesn’t want to marry him, so they call the thing off), excitement, burning buildings (Snarls, Petra’s friend and trusty steed, is a dragon…), and a lot of fun! I like the character of King Asterman, the guy who runs the Talent School.  I really enjoyed the dialogue in the book. It made it fun to read. I love the character of Princess Petra! I like that she doesn’t want to be the girly princess! Her parents want her to be like this –


But knows she can be a brave and tough knight like this –


(NOTE: Thank you to Josie for being my Princess Petra model) The pencil sketch illustrations throughout the book are great and gives the reader an idea of what the characters look like. I also LOVED the talent Princess Petra finds out she has! The reading level is good for young advanced readers if you are looking for a god book for one. Ms. Robinson’s writing style makes this adventure fun and gets you into the characters. I am already looking forward to the next book!

20.1Now for my rating of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent…


Umm excuse me, I think I hear someone here…


Wh-Who’s there?

It is I.

Oh – HI Lord Vader! I forgot today is


This is a book review blog, right?

Yes it is! Thanks for dropping by! I am reviewing a great book today! Sorry I forgot it is Star Wars Reads Day.

I find your lack of memory disturbing, Young Reviewer.

Sorry. I am about to give this great book I am reviewing on Star Wars Reads Day five out of five bookworms!

I read this book. I like the feisty princess in the book. It reminds me of my daughter.  Make it seven.

But my scale only goes to five.

I said make it SEVEN!

Uhhhh… I can’t Darth – QUICK – I give Princess Petra’s Talent FIVE out of FIVE bookworms! fivebooks

Sorry Darth, I have to stick to my rules.

Hey – why are you raising your hand like that?

*GAK* Stop force-choking me! *GAK* I have to tell the readers about *GAK* the *GAK* GIVEAWAY!


You have a point Young Reviewer. I shall allow this.

I get to give away a copy of Sir Princess Petra’s Talent to one lucky commenter! Just leave a comment in the section below and I will announce a winner  (drawn randomly out of a hat by Josie) next Friday, October 11th! 

I would like to add one thing Young Reviewer.

Okay Darth…


It’s pretty cool how you make your cape flutter like that. Can you teach me how to do it?


Okaaay… Well, anyway:

For a list of all the stops on the blog tour click HERE!

You can find out more about Ms. Robinson and her books at her website (click HERE), blog (click HERE), Facebook (click HERE), Twitter – @DianeMaeRobinso, Linkedin (click HERE), Goodreads (click HERE).

You can visit the Tate Publishing website HERE.

Visit Ms. Robinson’s Amazon page (HERE) and B&N page (HERE).


61 Responses to “Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson Review and GIVEAWAY!”

  1. The Story Reading Ape October 5, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    LOVE this post ERIK 😀


  2. rnewman504 October 5, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Terrific post and review! Yoda has much wisdom in giving Princess Petra 7 stars.


  3. ontheplumtree October 5, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Princesses and dragons…what a knight you are Erik! What could be better?


  4. Diane M. Robinson October 5, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Oh, Erik, this is absolutely the most fantastic post!! And to include Petra pictures (aka Josie, who is a perfect Petra) is brilliant! Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.

    Thank you, Josie, for posing. You are awesome!!

    And Lord Vader, thank you for insisting on more stars, but you don’t have to be so mean to Erik–you can accomplish much more by being kind and understanding.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 6, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      Josie did a great Petra! Thank YOU for commenting, and liking, my post, Ms. Robinson! I can’t wait for Petra #3 (and, if they make a movie, maybe Josie could be Petra. 😉
      P.S. Thanks for sticking up for me! Vader isn’t exactly, ummm… the nicest friend. *DON’T look at me like that Darth!* 😡


  5. Patricia Tilton October 5, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    What a creative way to showcase a new book. My great granddaughter would enjoy this book about a princess determined to pursue her own dreams! Josie you made a wonderful princess and knight. Darth Vader’s input was clever!


  6. lionelsnod October 5, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Awesome! I love Darth Vader and Star Wars! I, however, do remember going to see Star Wars in the theater when it 1st came out (I was younger than you then 🙂 ). I have been following this tour and really need to read this series. Thanks again for a great post & review Erik (and to Josie for participating).

    Paul R. Hewlett


  7. Barbara October 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Hmm..we’re just finishing a novel in my grade 1 class…maybe I’ll read this one to them next…it sounds pretty exciting!


  8. LovableLobo October 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Superkid’s posts just keep getting more SUPER…….and he has an awesome sister that is so SUPER to help her brother out!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 6, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Thank you! We appreciate the comment! 😀


    • Diane M. Robinson October 6, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Hi Sir Lobo, thank you for following me around and all your great Tweets. I really appreciate it. Oh, and I laugh a lot at the Tweets.


  9. KidLitReviews October 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Terrific post, Erik and Jose. Jose you are adorable as both a princess and a knight (is that a pirate hat?) 🙂

    Erik, I thought you were a goner for a moment there. Darth Vader from the Star Wars I know would not have been so kind. But then, I had no idea he was a reader. How did he get his own day? Oh, never mind. If Vader wants a day he gets a day. Well, Erik, you handled the Prince of Darkness very well. Thank for taking part in the tour on such short notice. 😀


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 6, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      Yep. It’s a pirate hat. I told her that, but she wouldn’t listen. She’s very stubborn (like Petra). 😉

      Well, Vader has 2 days – May 4th (which happens to be a classmate’s birthday), which is National Star Wars Day – “May the Fourth be With You!” 🙂 And Oct. 5th – Star Wars Reads Day. 🙂

      What’s next? Vader reading some sappy love story? Wait! I just received a hologram from Vader! It’s his list of favorite books, which he recommends – and “Little Women” is at the top with “Command you to read this book. Top fav. book. Read 17 times.” typed by it! WOW! ❗


    • Diane M. Robinson October 6, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for following me around–even though you have to because you are my blog tour host.

      Oh yeah, Petra can wear a pirate hat if she wants to.


  10. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog October 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    My sister-in-law is named Petra- and I love the name. The book sounds awesome! Josie is fabulous for being your model. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing about the Princess Petra books and for the chance to win one! Yeah! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 6, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      This is a great book! I love Petra’s name too (and it’s cool that your sister-in-law is named Petra)! 😀


    • Diane M. Robinson October 6, 2013 at 10:20 am #

      Your sister-in-law has a great name. I love the name Petra too. I wish it was my name. Thanks for stopping by.


  11. swlothian October 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Great post … and very original, Erik. Well done.
    I loved this book too …. and I’m a huge Star Wars fan as well!


  12. Darlene October 6, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Of course I would love a female character who wants to be a brave and tough knight! It would be so super to win this book!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 6, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      This is a great book, Ms. Foster! Ms. Robinson is also a native to your country – Canada! (that explains why you both write great books, right? Would it be better for my writing if I move to Canada? Hmm..) 😀


    • Diane M. Robinson October 6, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Darlene. Good luck in the giveaway.


  13. readingwithrhythm October 6, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I have yet to read the 1st Petra book! I need to get on the ball! And Star Wars Reading Day?! Who knew about that besides you?! Great post Erik! You and Josie make a real Dynamic Duo!


  14. Catherine Johnson October 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    It is so cool tgat you knew it was Star Wars reads day. This sounds like another great read Erik. Thanks!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      This is a great book, Ms. Johnson! 🙂


    • Diane M. Robinson October 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by and reading about my book, Catherine.


      • Catherine Johnson October 8, 2013 at 6:17 am #

        It sounds fabulous, Diane! I’ll look out for it for my daughter.


  15. stanleyandkatrina October 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    What an amusing post, Erik. Josie makes a great Petra – not that I have had a chance to read the books yet, but they sound fantastic. I think Neighbor Girl would love them. I can’t believe you got Darth Vader to visit your blog. You rock!


    • Diane M. Robinson October 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading Erik’s review on my book.


  16. Tanya Chang October 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    This book sounds like a lot of fun!


  17. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    The book cover really looks cute. By the way, did you receive your Star Wars pack yet? I can’t recall if you mentioned anything about receiving them. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      I did get them Dr. Bacsal! I thought I did email about getting them (but maybe not…). I gave my sister Josie the Angry Birds drawing book because she loves to draw! Thank you VERY much for sending them! 🙂



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