The Wide-Awake Princess
is a children's book by E. D. Baker
about Annie, the younger sister of Gwendolyn, or Sleeping Beauty
. She was protected from her sister's fate by being made unaffected by magic and nullifying or reflecting any magic in her vicinity. This is less pleasant than it seems, but when it saved her from the cursed sleep falling on the castle, she sets out to break the curse early.
The series has two, soon three, installments:
- The Wide-Awake Princess
- Unlocking the Spell, about breaking the curse on her sister's fiance
- The Bravest Princess
Tropes in the series as a whole
The Wide-Awake Princess (book 1)
- Baleful Polymorph:
- Two witches, at different times, try this on Annie. It bounces back.
- A couple of the princes already are or have been polymorphs. Beldegard is a bear, and Emilio was a frog.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Her parents realize that asking for protection was bad as soon as they get it.
- Covers Always Lie: Gwendolyn and Annie look pretty much alike on the covers.
- Curse: Not only on Gwendolyn, but several other characters.
- Dances and Balls: Annie is not good at dancing because she lacks the magical princessly grace, but some fairies try to force her, and one features in a test of brides.
- Distressed Dude: Liam is caught by a kelpie
- First Kiss: Annie's is more fraught than usual, given that even her family members avoid touching her.
- Frogs and Toads: One witch tries to punish Annie by having toads and snakes fall from her mouth.
- The Hedge of Thorns: About the castle
- It's All About Me: The dwarf in Unlocking.
- It Was a Gift: A tiny spinning wheel was smuggled to Gwendolyn in a gift.
- Mister Muffykins: The Hansel and Gretel-like stepmother gets rid of the children because they eat food her dogs could eat.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Actually, one isn't; he travels about and curses people.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ogre, actually, but he makes Lizette laugh.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Annie starts out her search like this
- Threshold Guardians: Annie meets one, who treats her food with contempt contrary to the tales, but finds her curse rebounding.
- Wicked Stepmother: A la Hansel and Gretel.
- Wicked Witch: Several, casting evil spells.