I'd never read this book before. In fact, I never even heard of it until a few years ago. Then people kept being shocked that I hadn't read it, and it popped up on a few book-themed puzzles that my kids and I did this summer, so I decided it was high time to read it.
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this book, to be honest. It's sweet and cute and melancholy and quirky. The little prince himself is a bit mysterious, a blend of innocent and wise, curious and reserved. Definitely otherworldly, which makes sense since he's from a small planet far from earth.
I liked the narrator best, a downed pilot whose plane crashed in the desert. He encounters the prince and makes friends with him, and they connect over the common understanding that adult humans have difficulty comprehending simple things, and are too caught up in stressful, meaningless tasks to see life clearly. But just when they're starting to really understand each other, the little prince has to leave.
I'm glad I finally took the time to read this little gem -- I can see why it's considered a classic! It touches on so many big concepts like life and death, growing up, childhood versus adulthood, and so on.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG because I think many small children might find the ending disturbing.
This is my 37th book read and reviewed for my second go-'round with the Classics Club.