Book Review: The Little Queen by Meia Geddes

Posted October 22, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, Kids, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Little Queen by Meia GeddesThe Little Queen by Meia Geddes
Narrator: Rosie Jones
Published by Poetose Press on 09-12-19
Genres: Fantasy, Kids
Length: 2 hrs
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: four-stars

When her mother and father pass away, the little queen must figure out how to be a little queen. And so, she begins her adventures, journeying away from her palace and into the world to determine how she should go about going on. The little queen soon encounters numerous folks who teach her a thing or two: the book sniffer, the dream writer, and the architect of silence are just a few.

Along the way, the little queen finds friendship, love, and meaning in being a leader in her world. The Little Queen is a magical exploration of self-discovery, vocation, community, and home.

This is the allegoric story of the Little Queen, orphan of mother and father, she decides to leave her castle and travel the world. She will meet interesting people from whom she will learn and expand her views.

The language in this book is beautiful and poetic, and the images and situations explained are very whimsical. I enjoyed the sweet tone and the multiple points of view. I had troubles though, identifying the target age group this book is aimed to. It reads a bit like a fairy tale, and I believe the intention was creating a story with many reading layers like the Little Prince, but while the Little Prince can be read by children, even if they can’t grasp its full meaning, I am not sure about The Little Queen being appropriate for children, as one of the advices in the book is “pondering one’s impending death” in order to fully live. On the other hand, the repeated use of words like ‘poop’ made me think this book was targeted at children.

Something I found strange is that all characters, except for the Queen’s defunct father were female. Perhaps this was a response to many stories, and especially The Little Prince, in which the main characters are male. It felt somehow unnatural, and I would have expected all genders to be reflected in the story, but see the point Geddes wanted to make.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rosie Jones’ narration. She delivered a wonderful interpretation of the Little Queen, making her sound naive and curious. The beautiful writing was correctly matched with an exquisite narration.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
three-stars
Narration
five-stars
Overall: four-stars
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