Schmid, Susan Maupin If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses), 289 pages. $17. Content: G.
Darling Dimple is an orphan in the huge castle of Princess Mariposa. Raised by Jane, another underservant of the castle, Darling spends her days as an Under-Scrubber in the laundry. That is – until the day the Head Presser needs a new Under-Presser and Darling is promoted. There Darling meets a pushy canary, but also finds a closet full of at least 100 beautiful dresses that Princess Mariposa never uses. When Darling is drawn to the closet, she tires on one of the dresses and something amazing happens. Darling may just be what is needed to save the kingdom from a traitor who has engineered a disaster for the Princess.
If you can disregard the plot holes, Darling is foolish and brave enough to make a credible heroine who is fun to become acquainted with. From the arrangemnt of the title it feels like this is supposed to become a series of some kind, but I cannot guess what direction it might take.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher