It’s a God-awful small affair to the girl with the mousy hair

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«“Princess Philomena? Of Petris?”
The queen gave a curt nod. “She is the only one available.”
“But she is…”
“Ugly, I know.”
“Ugly enough that her family stopped circulating her portrait years ago. Even with all the embellishments of the case, painters could not disguise the fact that she is a most unsightly girl. Ugly enough to be called the Dog Princess.”»

Princess Philomena, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.

Mothers to chaos

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«…Princesses Zelda and Zara were very happy to join crown princess Philomena in her drawing room for tea. The weather outside promised rain again, and Philomena wondered where Hartwell had gone. Conversation with him was a much more lively affair than with the two islanders, who were both pregnant and quite groggy as a result…»

Princesses Zelda and Zara, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.

Und wir sind dann Helden für einen Tag

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«Once upon a time we do not know or remember, there lived a king and queen who ruled the small kingdom of Helden. They had five sons named Hounslow, Hennessy, Hartley, Hudson and Hartwell, and through a combination of good genes and sheer luck, all five of them were quite handsome, but Hartwell, the youngest, was the most handsome of all»

Prince Hartwell, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.