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The Princess and the Pizza Paperback – 1 May 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417988
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 0.3 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Jane Auch is well known for her hilarious picture books, especially the five starring some pretty punny poultry: "Bantam of the Opera," "The Easter Egg Farm," "Eggs Mark the Spot," "Hen Lake," and "Peeping Beauty." A wisequacker herself, she lives on a farm in upstate New YOrk with her husband.

Mary Jane Auch and her husband Herm Auch are a husband and wife team of illustrators whose first picture book collaboration was The Princess and the Pizza. Mary Jane Auch is also known for her historical and humorous fiction for children and her hilarious poultry parody picture books. The Auchs live on a small farm near Rochester, New York.

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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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What a fabulous story with a great message for girls. You don't have to marry to gain status - you can be successful in your own right! The text is imaginatively written but the pictures don't do the story justice, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Female Lead 27 Jun. 2016
By J. Warchol - Published on
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Fun book with a strong female lead! It might just make you hungry for pizza!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug. 2016
By Randy Lockhart - Published on
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Great book for my 2nd graders
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clever Fractured Fairy Tale 18 Feb. 2005
By JRo - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Wants to be a Princess Anyway..... 21 April 2002
By Roz Levine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Entertaining! 7 July 2008
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Format: Paperback
What a fantastic book! It is original, clever, and funny. I like the plot, because although Princess Paulina misses parts of her life as a princess, she isn't bitter about no longer living in a castle and later tosses away the opportunity to be a princess again and enjoys life as a "commoner." I like the fact the drawings aren't of beautiful women, but more like caricatures.

My 8-year-old daughter gets all of the references to the other fairy tales and the accidental naming of "Pete's . . . ah" and enjoys the story. My 4-year-old daughter, who doesn't catch all of the amusing nuances, REALLY enjoys the story. It's been her favorite bedtime book to read every night for the past week, since we borrowed it from the library. It's like a Pixar animated film: the kids miss the adult humor, but everyone enjoys the movie.
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