(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/25.)
Life in the palace is awfully dull for the king's youngest daughter, who is not allowed to stray beyond the gates. Her elder sisters are not exactly ugly, but they are incredibly boring, in the way most fairytale princesses are. One of them, in fact, appears to be a puppet, and sounds just like Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous. The future looks pretty bleak, too: the king, whose cardboard crown is already slipping off his head, has decided his youngest progeny will be the one to look after him in his old age.