Penelope

Name: Penelope
Author: Marilyn Kaye, adapted from the screenplay by Leslie Caveny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publish Date: 2007
Pages: 230
Stars: 3 (out of 5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(no real spoilers discussed so don’t worry)
Since the first time I saw a trailer for the movie Penelope I was completely interested. I have wanted to watch it for ages, so when I was surfing Amazon (a frequent hobby of mine), and I noticed that Penelope had been novelized I decided to give it a try. I have read several post movie novelizations and most of them are enjoyable at best. I adore many books made into movies later, but the other way around they don’t usually work for me. Penelope was different, I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t a very long book, nor very difficult; clearly written for the tween set. Despite the fact that it was simple and short, I really liked the book it was cute and magical, and showed a different story than most fairy tales.

Penelope is the story of a girl who was born with the snout of a pig, and hidden away in her family’s mansion for the first 25 years of her life. Day after day Penelope sits behind a double sided mirror, meeting beau after beau, in the hopes that one of them will cure her of her affliction. Penelope is cursed because of the stupidity of her distant Wilhelm relative, who impregnated a serving girl, then abandoned her; this serving girl was the daughter of a witch. The witch cursed the family, saying that the next daughter born to it would have a snout of a pig, until she is loved by one of her own (which they assume is a fellow blue blood). All of her life a specific one eyed journalist stocked the house looking for proof of the pig girl, which he got when a horrified suitor fled the premises after seeing the girls face.

This is where the adventure begins, Lemon (the journalist) sends in a disgraced blue blood named max, who doesn’t run away. The story continues shockingly and magically from there, with a few twists and turns and a wonderfully surprising ending. Over all Penelope was satisfying and cute, and makes me want to see the movie even more.

In another note we went outside for soccer practice today, and actually got to play on the field! No cleats but it was still amazing, it is almost totally dry!

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