Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

A gorgeous velvet robe with blood-red petticoats and embroidered skulls is just what Lady Lamorna needs to look simply magnificent. But her treasure box is empty and she has no way to pay the powerful crones who have agreed to weave her robe. Lady Lamorna hatches a diabolical plot to turn all the princes and princesses of the five kingdoms into frogs and then charge a pile of gold to change each one back again. With the help of her troll Gubble and a mysterious and untrustworthy beauty named Foyce, Lady Lamorna sets out for the five kingdoms. It will take the help of good-hearted Gracie Gillypot, the adventurous Prince Marcus, talking bats, and the old crones themselves to save the royal families. Children in grades 4-6 who love stories full of macabre motifs but without all the horror will love Vivian French’s amusing adventure, The Robe of Skulls.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi - and thank you so much for your lovely review. I really enjoyed writing the Robe of Skulls (the next one was much more like hard work!) and I'm so happy that you enjoyed it too. (Wasn't I lucky with the illustrator? Ross is so clever ... )

All very best wishes -

Vivian French