It’s the eagerly awaited second book in the sequel and The Return of the Young Prince is a bit of a difficult one. I say difficult because I can’t seem to work out whether I really liked it or not. The book is beautifully written but I just felt at times the content was a little forced.
The Return of the Young Prince by A.G Roemmers is a sequel in which the first novel, The Little Prince was published back in 1943. That novel is the fourth most-translated book in the world, having been translated in over 250 different languages and dialects (as well as Braille). So I mean, the follow up has to be good right? Also note that this can be read without reading the first as it isn’t a direct follow-up.
The book design is beautifully well drawn. I love how it uses simple water colours to not make the clear distinction that this is for a specific age range. The book is recommended for young adults but I think it’s message should certainly reach every age.
I read the book in less than a few days and I did force myself to sit through a few chapters. It begins with a man finding a young boy sleeping by the side of a road. Fearing for his safety, the man bundles him into the car and continues his drive in the hope that the Young Prince is heading that way. Of course, this is no recommendation for you to start picking up strangers in your car but there is that ‘be kind to others‘ message showing through here and it tends to pop up a lot throughout.
After the Young Prince awakens, the boy is confused of his situation explaining that he’s come from another world, looking for a friend. The man, seemingly perplexed finds himself reeling off life lessons in response to the boy’s questions, which in effect make him realise certain mistakes, assumptions and judgements he makes throughout life. The book was very much awash with expressions, sayings and mottos of which some you’ll recognise and although it makes the reader reflect, I found it sometimes felt a little too forced. It ended up at some points reading as one saying after another and this is where I find myself questioning whether I was a fan of this book.
What I do understand though is how this book is so easily translatable. The story is pretty basic but that aids the translation better. The book is a self-reflection on oneself and those around us and I certainly see this book as having a lot of influence on those who read it and those who hear it read by others.
What I loved?
The message behind it and the beautiful illustrations throughout the book.
What I didn’t love?
I felt some parts were packed with sayings that were then followed by another saying and I did struggle through these sections of the book.
If you like the sound of this book, then be sure to check it out here, on Amazon. It’s £7.99 for hardcover or £4.89 on Kindle.
Disclaimer – I was gifted this book in return for my own honest opinion.
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