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The Princess and the Pizza [Paperback]

Mary Jane Auch , Herm Auch
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417988
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 19.5 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Princess and the Pizza An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest. Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun New Fairy Tale 2 Feb 2013
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Princess Paulina has had her life turned upside down thanks to her father giving up his throne to be a wood carver. But she sees her chances to get back to princessing when a contest is announced to win Prince Drupert's hand in marriage. There are several rounds to the competition with Queen Zelda judging them. But when it comes to preparing a meal, Paulina is left with the worst ingredients. With her life on the line, can she create a winning dish?

This fractured fairytale is fun for those who know the originals. There are several nods to the classics that made me grin. I liked Paulina as a protagonist; her resourcefulness was pretty entertaining.

Unfortunately, most of the other characters came off as mean. It serves the story well, but it would be nice to have one other character we liked here.

Still, this is a book that kids and adults will certainly enjoy.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
A hilarious take on traditional fairy tales, "The Princess and the Pizza" is a very contemporary version of the eternal triangle - prince/princess/mean stepmother.
Princess Paulina was down on her luck. Her Dad had relinquished his throne to become a wood-carver, a task he had yet to master, and she missed princessing. Why, hardly anyone watched her do the royal wave.
So, when she found out that Prince Drupert needed a bride she was among the first in line. Regrettably she was in competition with twelve other wanna-be brides, and the Queen was extremely demanding. Nonetheless, Paulina didn't tumble for the old princess and the pea trick; she passed the essay and glass slipper tests with flying royal colors. But then, the greatest challenge of all, the remaining princesses-to-be must prepare a feast and the [others] would be beheaded!
Here's where ingenuity and a little luck come in handy. Paulina's pizza takes the prize, but is Prince Drupert such a prize after all?
The Auchs have created an original, laugh provoking tale with lots of twists before a satisfying ending.
- Gail Cooke
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read-Aloud 19 Mar 2003
By bookwmn - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an absolute hoot to read aloud to students or to your own child. My students range from average to gifted, third through fifth grade, and EVERYONE of them loves this book. The characters are very easy to "voice". Students also love to read this book to themselves. The illustrations just add all that much more fun. I'm buying two copies, since the library wants it back!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever Fractured Fairy Tale 18 Feb 2005
By Nance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought The Princess and the Pizza because the reviews recommended it for ages 4 to 8. I think t is too mature for most younger readers and would be best enjoyed by 3rd through 6th graders. As an adult, I enjoyed the story, but didn't like the ending. Also, Mary Jane is a clever writer, but I did not enjoy the illustrations of Herm Auch.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Wants to be a Princess Anyway..... 21 April 2002
By Roz Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Poor Princess Paulina. Her father, the king, gave up his throne to become a wood-carver, and she's really missing all the perks of princessing. So when she hears that Queen Zelda, of Blom, is searching for a wife for her son, Prince Drubert, she dusts off her tiara and heads for the castle. Paulina has no trouble passing the pea and mattress test..."That's so once-upon-a-time", or the essay on "Why I Want to Have the Gracious and Exquisitely Beautiful Queen Zelda for My Mother-in-Law, or even the glass slipper test..."For Pete's sake, you never heard of sneakers?" But the final task, cooking a feast worthy of a prince, is a bit more daunting. Especially when the other two finalists, a young lady with an impossibly long braid that drags across the floor and a girl followed around by seven funny looking little men, grab all the ingredients. Paulina is left with only flour, yeast, water, tomatoes and a block of stale cheese..... Mary Jane and Herm Auch have authored a wry and hilarious fractured fairy tale, starring a sassy and confident heroine, that's full of familiar characters and clever scenes kids will recognize from stories of the past. Her witty text is entertaining and engaging, and begs to be read aloud. Mr Auch's bold, bright and expressive artwork complements the story beautifully, and is full of wonderfully eye-catching detail. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, The Princess And The Pizza is a modern fairy tale, complete with a surprise ending with a twist, that's sure to leave readers satisfied, and with a big smile on their faces.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Princess Wins the Day 2 Aug 2005
By G. D. Wall - Published on Amazon.com
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch is a delightful tale of a clever princess who uses her wits to solve her problems on her own without the help of fairy godmothers or seven strange little men. The colorful & whimsical illustrations by Herm Auch are the perfect backdrop for this fun story.
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