Lauren Mills (author and illustrator) and Dennis Nolan (illustrator)
Little, Brown Books, 2001
A handsome but spoiled prince, feeling that his royal life is dull, decides to challenge himself by hunting the monstrous chimera. On his journey, his rudeness and arrogance offend a faery, who turns him into a hound dog as punishment. Afterward, the gentle kindness of a poor goat girl named Eliza transforms the prince's heart. When the chimera threatens Eliza, the dog prince fights to save her -- and discovers that she can save him, too.
K-Gr 4-Romance, danger, magic, even humor-this original fairy tale provides them all. Employing the classic "pride goeth before a fall" motif, the story introduces a haughty prince whose rudeness to a goat girl and a faery brings about his transformation into a hound dog. Rejected by the townsfolk and palace personnel, the hungry animal is taken in by the friendly (and lovely) goat girl, who names him, ironically and unwittingly, "Prince." More changes are forthcoming as she teaches him some manners, and he comes to enjoy her companionship. His mettle is tested when the chimera threatens the flock. In a Beauty-and-the-Beast-like conclusion (with some tongue-in-cheek touches), all ends happily. As in Mills and Nolan's Fairy Wings (Little, Brown, 1995), the watercolors depict marvelously expressive humans and animals. Soft backgrounds shimmer with elfin surprises and classical details. A charmer.
Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Delightful Take on the Classic Fairy Tales
By Michael Battin on October 6, 2002
The Dog Prince is a wonderfully entertaining story with deeply textured illustrations. The story of a vain Prince who is taught humility and purpose is an old concept; Lauren A. Mills breathes new life into the situation with a sly sense of humor. All in all, a delightful tale with a worthwhile message.
To All Those Who Are Willing To Risk Everything For Their Dreams,November 25, 2011
By Amazon Customer (Central Texas)
This review is from: The Dog Prince (Hardcover)
The Dog Prince is an original fairytale in which a beautiful, arrogant, self-centered prince is turned into a big, baggy-eyed bloodhound while hunting a chimera. In this state, he meets the love of his life and learns to value something other than himself. In the end, he proves himself worthy and shows that he is, indeed, the stuff of which dreams are made. The use of deep purple end papers in conjunction with romantic illustrations of watercolor and pencil on D'Arches watercolor paper not only render opulence but also complement and extend the text of this new classic fairytale in which the damsel in distress saves and is saved. Furthermore, the spell that creates such a lush world is cast with a dedication page that which states that "this book is dedicated to all those who are willing to risk everything thing for their dream." As part of the secondary curriculum, The Dog Prince could serve as a dreamy exemplar of dynamic characterization and the characteristics of the hero cycle explained by Peter R. Stillman in Introduction to Myth.
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Lauren A. Mills has won national acclaim as a book author and illustrator and as a sculptor and painter. She was greatly inﬂuenced by the 19th century artists, especially the Pre-Raphaelites for their focus of the natural world as well as their sense of mythical wonder. The fourth of five children, Mills grew up playing and pretending in the woods of Connecticut and spent her summers at her grandparents' in West Virginia.
In her teens she moved to Oregon and Minnesota and later lived in Colorado, California and Massachusetts where she resides now. She and her husband, author/illustrator Dennis Nolan collaborated on several projects, most notable, their daughter...read more