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The Princess and the Pizza

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  774 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
An out of work princess must prepare a feast fit for a prince.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Holiday House (first published 2002)
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Pizza! Pizza!
10th out of 48 books — 26 voters
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Jan 21, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
A clever but predictable twist on "The Princess and the Pea," a princess whose father has abdicated the throne to become an unsuccessful woodworker (ok, really??) decides to go to the princess try-outs to make some money by marrying the prince. One good modern twist was that though the princess does win the contest, she decides to turn down the marriage in favor of making her own way by opening a pizza shop. Other than that, the art was just ok. It was a clever story, but I didn't think it was t ...more
Scotlyn Carpenter
Feb 28, 2015 Scotlyn Carpenter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
I really enjoyed this book because it is an interesting twist on the story of The Princess and the Pea. This book taught me that no matter what our circumstances are, no matter what we're given, and no matter what people expect from us we can still be successful. The princess in this story continues to do things right and then she is placed in a situation where she is set up for failure. However, she uses the skills and resources she has and tries her best and is able to succeed in this trial sh ...more
Brooke Snyder
Summary: Ex-princess Paulina needed work. But, what she really wanted was to become a princess again. She applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert. In order to do this, Paulina must past several tests. The last test was to win a cooking contest and cook the best feast for the Prince. Paulina made a pizza and won the contest. Instead of marrying the Prince, she ditches him and his mother—and starts her own pizza shop!

Personal Response/Critical Response: This book is a fractured tale of the
Oct 05, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it
A funny and quick witted fractured, fairytale about Princess Paulina whose desire to return to the life of a princess is great since her father left the throne in search of a normal life for his family. Princess Paulina tries to bring her princess life to the humble life provided by her father, but to no avail. Then Queen Zelda declares a formal search for a true princess for her son, Prince Drupert. Princess Paulina prepped for the competition, but when she arrived there were eleven others ther ...more
Kathryn Dykes

Auch, Herm & Auch, Mary Jane. The Princess and the Pizza. Holiday House, 2002. 32 p. Gr. 1-4

Plot Summary: Princess Paulina is no ordinary princess, in fact her father, the king, gave up his crown so they could live a more humble life. Adjusting to a simpler life wasn’t easy for Paulina, she missed being a princess and the luxuries that went along with it. Soon fate intervened, Queen Zelda, from a neighboring kingdom, was in search of a princess to wed her beloved son, Drupert. Paulina jumped
Teri Barrett
Dec 10, 2013 Teri Barrett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Reading this to Brendan. He really likes it and so do I. The references to other fairy tales kept me entertained. But the part I liked best was the strong female character. I loved her personality and the creative start to pizza. I did wonder why the king quit his job...some scandal? trying to impose a new health care system that doesn't work? Hee hee.
Victor Marquez
Jun 24, 2014 Victor Marquez rated it it was amazing
This book is a good book to read to little kids.It has good pictures and it has a lot of colors. This book talks about a princess who wants to be a princess again. Her father had given up his throne to become a wood-carver. Since her dad was still learning how to carve wood his carvings would not sell. One day a page rode past the shack announcing that queen zelda of blom was seeking a true princess for her son. To become the princes you had to past some test and one of the challenges was to coo ...more
The princess and the Pizza is an entertaining and funny book. The fictional story starts out by a king who gave up is crown to be a commoner. His daughter missed being a princess. Word came that a prince from a far away land is looking for a princess and so she thought that this was her chance. She had competition from 11 other ladies, but the princess moved up the line to the final two. She had to make a meal for the queen. She ended up making a pizza and won the crown. However, she denied the ...more
Brandon Menjivar
What I honestly think about this book, its very interesting it talks about Prince Drupert needs a true princess to be his bride; Princess Paulina knows the perfect candidate herself. But when Paulina arrives at Bloom Castle, eleven other princesses are also vying for the job, and what an unusual group they are. One has brought along seven strange little man. Another wears her incredibly long hair in a braid that Paulina keeps tripping over. Surely Paulina can beat out this kind of competition. I ...more
Ashley Snarr
Oct 02, 2014 Ashley Snarr rated it really liked it
I thought this book was quite fun. I loved the humor of it and how she would state her disapproval or frustration of the task. My favorite part was when she decided to take a nap instead of bake the pizza and she took the pea out from under all the mattresses. I am not sure why but I found this part to be really funny. I loved the fun and bright illustrations, I also loved how this book was unique in the princess not getting the prince because she doesn't want him. It was a fresh view. I also li ...more
Katelyn Youngblood
Sep 30, 2014 Katelyn Youngblood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Can I just say that I wish pizza had really been created this way? This book is so so funny and I love the way the author tied in references to other commonly known fairy tales. Not only do you see comparisons to other stories, but this is so funny! The princess has a little bit of sass to her which makes for a good laugh on every page. Also, the artwork that is done in this book is so cool! It's detailed (but not too detailed) and creatively portrays the story being told. I would definitely rec ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: january
I really enjoyed this book! It was a cute little story, with spunky illustrations to go along! For younger kids, this book will just be entertaining and funny! For older children, I think there is a great underlying message. This story is about a princess that thinks she wants to be a princess and marry the prince, but instead she stands up for herself and does what she wants to do! In the end, she becomes a successful pizza store owner and she gets the things she wanted, but in a different way ...more
Hayley Swanson
Princess Paulina needs a job, since her father gave up being a king to be a woodcarver, and his work isn't very good yet. She applies to become Prince Drupert's bride to make money. She accidentally makes a pizza for the final test, a cooking test, and wins - however, by this point she's fed up with Prince Drupert and Queen Zelda, and she dumps the victory to go open her own pizza shop.

This was an okay book. The art was kind of creepy, and Paulina's "For Pete's sakes" got real old real fast. I d
Jennifer Heise
The princess is out of work as a princess, because her father has given up his throne. Over time, though, she begins to feel she might be better suited to the jobs of princessing than to keeping a village house for her father. So, when she hears that a neighboring Queen is holding a job competition for a princess to wed her son the prince, she sets out to apply. There are lots of fairy-tale tropes (the first test is a bed with lots of mattresses, which she easily recognized as the old sleeping o ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
The Princess and the Pizza introduces us to Princess Paulina. She's already a bit of an unconventional princess since her father gave up the throne to become a woodcarver, and she misses "princessing." When the opportunity comes along to win the hand of the neighboring kingdom's Prince Drupert, she jumps at the chance to regain the life she once had.

Eleven other princesses show up for the competition, including some recognizable ones like Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. After passing the p
Jul 17, 2015 Marfita rated it liked it
Recommended to Marfita by: A child who came to the library to find it. I had to order it!
Shelves: children-s
Princess Paulina, whose father has given up kinging for a more satisfying but less remunerative profession of woodcarving, misses the hand-waving and generally being poor. So when a queen advertises for a princess to marry her son, Paulina applies. Unfortunately, she finds out she's not the only princess around and has to pass some princessing tests, such as the famous pea-under-the-many-mattresses. She finds it all silly and frustrating and doesn't like the queen at all, who threatens to cut he ...more
Rita Webb
May 14, 2009 Rita Webb rated it it was amazing
I think I liked this even more than the kids did. My husband too. Perhaps because young children just don't get the author's humor. But long after this book went back to the library, my husband and I would quote this book and laugh.

The princess lives in poverty because her father gave up his throne to become a woodworker. She wants to get a job but is still too busy dreaming of the days when she walked her peacock in the garden and wore pretty dresses and waved at her people from her carriage as
Lindsay Gilbert
Jan 21, 2015 Lindsay Gilbert rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I thought this book was really cute. It included bits and pieces from different fairytales like Cinderella and the Princess and the Pea. There was a lot of humor in this story, which would keep the students attention and keeping them guessing as to what is going to happen next. I love how this story wasn't your typical fairytale, the princess didn't want to marry the prince in the end and found that cooking pizza's was what she really wanted to do.
Olivia Kirkham
Jan 29, 2014 Olivia Kirkham rated it really liked it
Shelves: january
Imaginative and hilarious book! I loved how the author was able to change the fairy tale of Princess and the Pea and even incorporate many of the other fairy tales along the way. It has a great sense of humor and children will love it! I personally liked how it made the Princess have a witty personality. She decided to make a destiny of her own which is great for the children to look up to. I highly recommend this book because it will fascinate the everyday reader.
The Brothers
Feb 20, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
This is a very charming story about a princess who is demoted to regular human when her father "retires" to carve wood. In desperation, she answers an ad from a nearby castle for a princess to marry a prince. There are a variety of "tests" each princess must preform to prove she is a real princess - all devised by the queen who is really not a nice person. Pauline (our princess) quickly learns she has no desire to have this woman as a mother-in-law but is compelled to finish the final test of fi ...more
Katelynn Carroll
Jan 21, 2015 Katelynn Carroll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-high-fantasy
I thought this was a really cute book and that kids will really enjoy it. The overall message that I got out of it was remember who you are. The Princess was truly a princess and she acted like it and pulled through in the competition and that is why she won. I think kids will think it is funny because the princess invents pizza which pretty much every kid loves!
Apr 24, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Fractured fairy tale of a Princess longing to be back in the castle after her father "retired." She auditions to marry the prince and finds herself in competition princesses from other fairy tales. Our princess uses her head and decides she really does not want to be the princess, and sets off to go into business. Nice twist on the usual happy ever after!
Feb 23, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
My kids like this. It is a cute fractured fairy tale that ends with the princess making a good life for herself instead of depending on winning the favor of a prince. She was a disenfranchised princess who wanted to get back to doing "princess-y things" and the life she built, somewhat by accident, ended up getting her the things for which she longed.
Oct 15, 2015 Juliet rated it liked it
Shelves: 02-fantasy
I'm a person who doesn't like to have a lot of words in children's books. Too many words can get a little tedious when reading out loud, but I guess that also depends on the audience and how you tell the story. This book was fun though! A princess has to figure out how to gain money when her father the king goes broke.
Hannah G.
Jan 31, 2014 Hannah G. rated it liked it
Shelves: january
This book is a bit tongue in cheek but it's one that I think younger readers will find funny and entertaining. I like how it makes reference to a few other fairytales. In my opinion, the art was just alright. Like others have said, it is a pretty predictable story of a sassy girl wanting to reclaim her "princess" title. Overall I think young girls will enjoy this book.
Chris Campos
Jun 24, 2014 Chris Campos rated it really liked it
A great book, it tells about the princess loving pizza. Pizza, one of the many great foods out there that have been made. (My Opinion) Italian made in fact, itll keep the kids reading and interested and especially because its about food. Kids love to eat and a book dealing with food and reading is great for a kid.
Princess Paulina wants to get back into princessing after her father gives up his crown to become a wood carver. The queen from a neighboring land gives her the opportunity when she announces she is looking for a true princess for her son, Prince Drupert. After she and twelve other ladies are put through the paces (sleeping on 12 mattresses over a pea, writing essays and trying on glass slippers) they find that their final task is to cook a feast for the prince.

Armed with only flour, yeast, wate
Thera Grady
Aug 04, 2014 Thera Grady rated it really liked it
Ha! We enjoyed this book. It was different and funny. I was also impressed that my 5 year old pointed out the "other" princesses in the book as the Disney ones.(It's not blatant) I like that there is a story of a princess doing something other than waiting for "true love" to knock on her door.
Maite Marquina
Jun 24, 2014 Maite Marquina rated it it was amazing
Prince Drupert needs a true princess to be his bride; Princess Paulina knows the perfect candidate- herself. But when Paulina arrives at Blom Castle, eleven other princesses are also vying for the job, and what an unusual Group they are. Surely Paulina can beat out this kind of competition.
Sep 30, 2014 Michelle rated it it was ok
I didn't understand what the point of this book was. Not really a moral to the story. I see where they tried to copy from other fairy tales and combine them, but it just didn't do much for me. I liked the pictures in the book and overall this genre wasn't my favorite.
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The thought of becoming a writer never occurred to MJ Auch as a child. Her only literary efforts in those days were the plays which she and her girlfriend, Noreen, wrote for their marionettes. They produced these extravaganzas in Noreen’s garage and organized the neighborhood boys into a sales force to sell tickets and refreshments.

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