The Ugly PrincessSpring 2017 Audio Book
Carl Sommer's character-focused motivational series for children tells the story of an "ugly" princess who learns that it's what's inside that counts. She finds happiness by being kind to others, and meets a prince with a generous spirit who feels the same. Sommer's lively narrative style makes up for the rather heavy-handed delivery of the book's "good-for-you" message evident in the text alone, and for some unevenness in artist Jorge Martinez's illustrations. The message that beauty comes from within is underscored at the end of the narration in a sweetly sung ballad.