Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Princess and the Pizza

The Princess and the Pizza. Mary Jane Auch and Herm Auch. 2002. Holiday House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Princess Paulina needed a job. Her father had given up his throne to become a wood-carver and moved them to a humble shack in a neighboring kingdom.

Premise/plot: Princess Paulina misses princessing--doing all the things that princesses do. So she is happy to hear that Queen Zelda of Blom is seeking a 'true princess' to be the wife of her son, Prince Drupert. She feels that she needs all the luck she can get, so she tucks a piece of garlic and some fragrant herbs into her bodice. All of the princesses undergo various tests. Not all princesses pass; soon Princess Paulina is one of the few finalists remaining. What will her final test be? Could it have something to do with cooking?!

My thoughts: In this variation of The Princess and the Pea, the princess being tested accidentally discovers the best food ever--pizza. The book is definitely on the predictable side for adults. I'm guessing it would be for children as well. The title does give it away after all! But I thought this story was silly and fun. And if your little one LOVES pizza and playing princess, then you may need to give this one a chance.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10
© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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