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Rainbow Surprise

Royal Sweets 7

Part of QUIX
Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
LIST PRICE $17.99

About The Book

The adventures of Princess Mini and her friends at Royal Fairy Academy continue in this super-sweet story in the QUIX chapter book line that’s perfect for emerging readers.

Mini and her cousins Frosting and Cupcake are having their first sleepover at their grandparents’ royal Sugar Valley castle. They are all going to a fancy ball honoring their grandparents and are excited about giving a perfect gift—until the gift goes missing!

This is the first visit to their grandparents’ castle without their parents. What other surprises await them?

Excerpt

Chapter 1: Rainbow Star 1 Rainbow Star


I, Princess Mini, was super excited. My good friend Gobo and I were on our way to Cake Kingdom. We were going to see a baby unicorn!

“Almost there!” I called to Gobo. Gobo was a troll who lived in Chocolate Woods. He sat behind me on Butterscotch’s back.

“Look, I can see my house!” Gobo exclaimed. He pointed below as we passed over Chocolate Woods.

Butterscotch followed Chocolate River up past Caramel Hills and over Chocolate Falls.

Cake Kingdom was north of Candy Kingdom, where we lived. My cousins Princess Cupcake and Prince Frosting lived there in a castle with my aunt, Princess Sprinkle, and their older sister, Princess Flour. Cupcake and Frosting were in my classroom at Royal Fairy Academy. Sometimes Cupcake wasn’t so sweet, and Frosting liked to play tricks, but we were all friends.



“I see the castle!” Gobo exclaimed, pointing.

The large, round chocolate castle was up ahead. Cake Castle was in the shape of a cupcake.



“It’s choc-o-rific!” I exclaimed.

“I have never been to another kingdom in Sugar Valley,” Gobo said.

“You are going to love Cake Kingdom,” I told him.

Visiting my cousins and my aunt in Cake Kingdom was always fun. Princess Sprinkle was my mother’s sister. She ruled over the Candy Fairies in Cake Kingdom. Her castle was next to Cupcake Lake, surrounded by cupcake gardens filled with many candy flowers and trees. Cake Kingdom was a delicious place to visit!

“I can’t wait to meet the new unicorn,” I said.

“Me too!” Gobo shouted.

Princess Flour’s unicorn, Jelly, had a baby, and Cupcake and Frosting were taking care of her.

Butterscotch landed in the paddock near the stables. Frosting and Cupcake flew over to us.

“Come quick!” Frosting shouted.

“She might be sleeping,” Cupcake said, turning to us. She put her finger to her lips. “So be quiet.”



Sometimes Cupcake could be bossy, but I knew it was important to be quiet if the baby was sleeping.

In the first stall, I saw Jelly. She was a large blue unicorn with a pink mane and tail. Her horn and hooves were sparkly gold. Jelly was keeping careful watch over her baby.

“There she is,” whispered Cupcake.

I looked closer. In a heap of hay, I saw a tiny unicorn with lavender wings and a vanilla coat. Her mane and tail were made up of silky rainbow strands.

“Look at her tiny hooves,” I said, pointing. “They are the prettiest lavender.”

“She is so small,” Gobo added.

“What is her name?” I asked.

“Sparkle,” Cupcake said, smiling. “Flour said I could name her.”

“That is a rainbow-licious name!” I exclaimed. I moved closer to the baby unicorn. “Hello, Sparkle!”

“She is not just your unicorn, Cupcake,” Frosting spat.

“I know,” Cupcake said. Then she smirked. “She is kinda.”

“No,” Frosting said firmly.

Sparkle lifted her head.

“I think she likes her name,” I told them. “And she probably doesn’t like you fighting.”

Sparkle tried to stand on her skinny legs. She wobbled and then fell.

“Has she been flying yet?” I asked.

Frosting shook his head. “No.”

“You have to walk before you fly,” I said to the tiny unicorn.

Gobo petted Sparkle’s long neck. “She smells like vanilla,” he said, smiling.

“Is Sparkle going to the Rainbow Jubilee?” I asked.

Our grandparents, Queen Sweetie and King Crunch, were hosting a Rainbow Jubilee for their wedding anniversary. Candy Fairies from all the kingdoms were going to Sugar Kingdom for the party. I knew Flour was riding Jelly in the unicorn show. I wondered if Frosting and Cupcake wanted to showcase Sparkle.

“If we can train her to fly,” Cupcake said. “Flour is busy with getting Jelly ready for the show.”

“Training is hard work,” Frosting said.

Cupcake took a brush to Sparkle’s mane. “She would make the best rainbow surprise at the jubilee,” she told them.

“The jubilee is in two weeks,” Gobo said.

“Exactly,” Frosting said, rolling his eyes. “That is not a ton of time to train her.”

“Remember Lady Cherry told us about the famous unicorn wizard Blue Bell?” I said.

“Yes!” Cupcake cried. “Blue Bell trained a herd of unicorns.”

“She was a wizard,” Frosting added. “She had special magic.”

“We can do it,” I said. “What do you think, Sparkle?”

Sparkle nuzzled my hand.

I took that as a good sign.

“We will make you the star of the Rainbow Jubilee!” I said.


About The Author

Helen Perelman has worked in a children’s bookstore and was a children’s book editor. She now writes full-time in New York, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at HelenPerelman.com.

About The Illustrator

Olivia Chin Mueller grew up in Chester, Connecticut, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in 2014. Besides illustrating, Olivia loves playing with her cats, raising silk moths, and also enjoys sewing and felting plush animals of her own.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 11, 2022)
  • Length: 80 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534476240
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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