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The Princess and the Pizza

Mary Jane Auch, Herm Auch (Illustrator)


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It's tough to be an out-of-work princess.

After her royal father decides to retire and become a wood carver, Princess Paulina has no idea what to do with herself. She can't survey the kingdom from her leaky cottage roof, and no one waves back when she proceeds through the town on her father's cart.

When she hears that a neighboring queen is seeking a bride for her son, Prince Drupert, Paulina sees her chance to get back to princessing.  But it will take all her wit and determination to pass the Queen's tests. . . . and in the end, maybe there are better fates than a royal marriage.

Full of tongue-in-cheek references to stories like Rapunzel, Snow White, and the Princess and the Pea, this fractured fairy tale is an hilarious twist on traditional tales in which a young woman's practicality, good humor, and intelligence let her shape her own happy ending— with extra cheese and all the toppings her heart desires.

Praise For The Princess and the Pizza

"Readers will delight in the sly references to other fairy tales and in the goofy visuals . . . This sassy send-up seems likely to deliver a royal case of the giggles."—Publishers Weekly

"This fractured fairy tale has a thoroughly modern sensibility, from the retired monarch pursuing a second career in the arts to the feisty heroine who runs her own business. The story moves briskly along with plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to traditional tales, and the exaggerated features in the illustrations are reflected in the hyperbole of the text. . . . A silly take on kids' favorite takeout."—School Library Journal

Holiday House, 9780823417988, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2003

About the Author

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, as well as her hilarious poultry parody picture books. The Auchs live on a small farm near Rochester, New York. Visit to learn more.