Cover of Norby and the Lost Princess
Book 318 Science Fiction Novel 1985
The Exploding Suns Spells
A mule
Asimov fan
2 spaceships-and-suns
Target reader


Norby’s the bravest, most outrageous, most novable robot ever to save the day. Along with his ever-faithful human companion Jeff, and a mischievous All-Purpose-Pet named Oola, the three blast off for interstellar adventure.

First the trio search for a missing princess. But things let a little out of hand when, after they find the princess, she is accidentally turned into a tree. Norby, Jeff and Oola must get to the root of the problem quickly if they want to free the princess from her leafy dilemma.

Then a friendly, fire-breathing dragon is kidnapped from the planet Jamya. And once again Norby, Jeff and Oola must spring into action to rescue their scaly friend.

A moderately rememberable Norby book, with an unusually annoying character—the young princess of Izz whom Norby, Jeff, et al. have to rescue—and an unusually bizarre problem to solve—the young princess has been turned into a tree. Other than that, this is an above-average entry in the Norby series. It’s interesting to see non-Terran aliens, and Melodia—the planet with the princess/tree— is also interesting. (Oddly, there are distinct echoes here between this book and Janet Asimov’s rather superior Package From Hyperspace, regarding music and its soothing effect on various non-humans in the story.)

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