Review: Sleeping Bronty (Once Before Time Book 2)

Title: Sleeping Bronty (Once Before Time Book 2)
Author: Christy Webster, Gladys Jose (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Sleeping Bronty is going to become queen, but the selfish fairy Rhonda puts it all in jeopardy with an evil wish! From Epic! Originals, Once Before Time is a playful board book series of fairy tales reimagined from a time long ago . . . with dinosaurs!

In this prehistoric retelling of the classic story, Sleeping Bronty discovers her own royal potential thanks to her fairy friends, the prince, and some very spicy chili.


This is an adorable adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, featuring a dinosaur.

Bronty is a brontosaurus, and also a princess. When she was born, three fairies came to give her wishes. They wished that she would have a long neck, a long tail, and a long life. However, an evil fairy came and wished that Bronty would prick her tail on a thorn and fall into a deep sleep. When Bronty eventually did prick her tail, they needed the prince to bring a special dish to wake her up.

This was a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I think kids would like that the story was about dinosaurs, rather than a real person. It makes it universally relatable, since it doesn’t show a child who may not look like the reader. I also liked the twist on the wishes the fairies gave Bronty, which relate to how a dinosaur would grow up, rather than a person.

This is a cute children’s story!

Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Cinderella Rex (Once Before Time Book 1) by Christy Webster, Holly Hatam (illustrator)

Have you read Sleeping Bronty? What did you think of it?

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