Only a king can wake a queen and the goal of the game is to collect 5 queens. A knight can steal a queen, but a dragon can save her. A sleeping potion can put a queen back to sleep, but a magic wand can counteract the effects. Was I surprised that Katie loved this game from the very first time she played it? Absolutely not. However, I was surprised that I would eventually come to enjoy playing the game with her and not cringe every time she would select it.
Initially, Katie never wanted to use the knight or the sleeping potion, because she considered that ‘being mean’. She would also get upset when another player used these cards. However by this point, she has matured enough to understand that competitive games are fun only if everyone plays to win (she is also much better about not getting upset when she loses).
In addition to all of the fun character cards, the game also has number cards. They have no special powers, but on your turn you can discard one (or sometimes more) in exchange for new cards. If you have multiple cards with the same number on them, then you can play them all at once. More interestingly, however, if you have two cards that add up to a third one, you can play all three. Similarly, if you have three cards that add up to a fourth or four cards that add up to the fifth (the latter I have never seen happen), you can exchange all of them. Initially, Katie would never notice these combinations and I would have to peek at her cards to point these out to her. However, recently she started finding them herself on occasion, and this has made the game much more fun.
Another fun fact about Sleeping Queens is that it was supposedly invented by a 6 year old girl (even though it says 8+ on it!). I think that knowing this also made Katie more partial towards the game, as if the involvement of fairy tale characters was not enough! Katie seems to never tire of this game, and overall I believe that there is much excitement and learning going on when we play it.