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The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started by Sanjay Nambiar

Source: Umiya Publishing
Hardcover, 32 pages
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The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started by Sanjay Nambiar is the story of three ordinary girls — Oceana, Kinney, and Sammie — who stumble upon a silver bag one day in the forest.  Once they put on the magical tiaras, Oceana, Kinney, and Sammie garner some fantastic super powers and become the Super Duper Princess Heroes!  However, like anything, there’s a catch, and in this case, that catch is the magical powers come with responsibility.  The book is tailored to those in Kindergarten or perhaps even preschool with help from mom and dad.  The pictures are vibrant in color, though the book is clearly geared toward young girls, rather than boys.

Using nearly current vernacular, such as “awesomeness,” the author is sure to engage young readers in his fanciful princess world.  While the girls have less than ordinary names for the most part, the Fairy Teacher Mother Superstar Queen does — her name is Betty.  Some of these titles, however, can be a mouthful for youngsters, and readers may simply shorten them to Princess Heroes and Fairy Queen or Superstar Fairy.

Another unique feature in the book is when one of the princesses flies a prince across a river — the page shifts from left to right to top to bottom reading in the book.  This gives young readers a sense of the princess and prince flying upwards.  It would be interesting to see how the author may consider using a similar technique and perhaps other interactive features if the book were turned into a series.

The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started by Sanjay Nambiar hit the spot for my little one, who is not near kindergarten quite yet, because she’s in princess mode.  Everything is about princesses, including this year’s Halloween costume, unless it’s about fairies — in that case, Tinker Bell.

About the Author:

Sanjay Nambiar grew up in Carson, CA, where he overcame a gang- and drug-riddled environment with the help of a closely-knit family and a focus on education. He graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley, with degrees in Economics and Neurobiology, and earned an M.B.A. from UCLA. He now is a freelance copywriter in Los Angeles, CA. Through his books, Sanjay hopes to inspire readers and convey positive messages to kids. He won a Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medal and a Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for his debut book, “Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones)”. He also is the author of the award-winning “Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” and “Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones)”. In 2013, Sanjay published “The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started,” a picture book that subverts the princess paradigm and encourages girls to be empowered while retaining the cuteness of the princess aesthetic.

This is my 76th book for the 2013 New Authors Challenge.

  • This looks so cute! I like the idea of the princesses flying the prince over the river.

    • That part was fun…then she asked how they picked him up.

  • I cannot imagine, Jill.

  • Gee I wonder why you might be looking at princess books…