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Princess Pigsty

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  377 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Young Princess Isabella has it all - but has had enough of it! She has had enough of being waited on hand and foot, of having to smile all the time, and of wearing beautiful dresses so she can't climb trees. When the king banishes her to the pigsty, his punishment backfires - Isabella's happier than a pig in mud!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2007 by The Chicken House (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 11, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: little girls who like to get dirty!
When Princess Isabella grows tired of being a princess and throws her crown into the fishpond, her father the King punishes her by putting her to work. First it's off to the royal kitchen to peel potatoes and then it's off to the pigsty!

Very sweet story that ends happily with a beautiful moment shared between father and daughter. Perfect for little girls who would rather get dirty, climb trees and pick blackberries then be forced to wear a dress and curl their hair!

This story would also be grea
Lisa Vegan
Sep 26, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vegan & vegetarian children; little girls interested in princesses but who like to play too
Recommended to Lisa by: Jo
Unexpectedly veg*n (= vegan & vegetarian). Sort of. Great line Princess Isabella says about pigs: “…And that they’re incredibly smart animals? It’s a shame to eat them.”

I loved this book even without that line. It’s a very funny book. Isabella, the youngest of three sisters, is tired of being a princess. It’s amusing to see her behavior and how her punishments for it aren’t punishment for her. It’s got a very sweet end too.

The illustrations are wonderful; they’re expressive, amusing, aesthe
Isabella and her sisters are princesses and their lives - according to Isabella - are BORING. They have to wear fancy dresses and heavy crowns, have their hair curled, and stand around doing nothing. When Isabella has a fit about it, her father sends her first to the kitchen and then to the pig sty to learn some manners. Isabella learns, instead, how to cook and all kinds of things about pigs. She's happy. The king (wisely) realizes that this is who Isabella is (a princess, still, but not the bo ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Adriana rated it liked it
Princess Isabella is tired of being the typical princess. She wants to play outside, have fun, and go wild! She's cooped up all day learning how to smile right, laugh right, and one day she throws away her crown and says enough. Her father isn't very happy with his daughter's decision. She refuses to get her crown back from where it landed so the king decides to send her to the kitchens and then to the pigsty. Every day that passes by her knowledge and love grows for everything outside of the ca ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Marni rated it it was amazing
A really fun book to read. I got to yell a lot and be very dramatic which the kids always love. We read this over and over. About being true to yourself, and compromise.
Jul 29, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a princess that wants nothing to do with the pampered royal life that she was born into, this story is a gender-role bender with a strong message of being yourself even when the world doesn't back you up. The biggest change comes not from the unyielding protagonist princess, but from her father who learns to accept that his daughter wants a life with more purpose and substance than what he was providing. It's a nice story, similar to other books that I've read but well done all the ...more
Melissa Dwyer
Originally rated G by Darcy Bernstein
Princess Isabella leads the stereotypical life of luxury- being waited on hand and foot,a life that most other children can only dream about. She has someone to blow her nose for her and curl her hair as well. She is tired of smiling endlessly, and wearing fancy dresses. Isabella is frustrated that she is not allowed to climb trees or have fun like normal children her age. "I am tired of being a princess! It's boring, boring, boring!" she laments. This indep
Oct 28, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Another book by the author/illustrator team of Cornelia Funke and Kerstin Meyer, Princess Pigsty highlights a princess who just doesn't fit the mold. Unlike her two sisters, Isabella just isn't happy with thirty walk-in closets full of beautiful clothes, "footmen to blow their noses for them and ladies-in-waiting to tidy up their rooms, hang up their clothes, and polish their crowns until they shone." She wants to - gasp! - get dirty! And blow her own nose! And climb trees! And even - horrors! - ...more
Julia Winknler
Sep 17, 2007 Julia Winknler rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a pincess with two older sisters that doe not want to be a princess anymore!she throws her crown out of the window,into the goldfish pond.Her sisters are socked,ring there golde bells and servants come in to brush their hair,put on beautiful dresses and make shure that they are sparkling .But at this day,the small pinces is,1,2,3, underneath her bed.Her father gets very angry a ther and says that she should go in the kichten for three days and work there.The little princessc ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I love this book. It shows how a father, who is clearly incensed by his daughter's behavior, recognizes his daughter's joy in her interests and bridges the gap between that and his expectations. It has a sweet ending and is a good reminder for parents :-))
Nawal NK
Apr 23, 2015 Nawal NK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hahaha, this is somehow an intriguing way to tell a princess story, instead of girls wishing to be princess. You look at how hard her life is as a princess and how she wishes to be anything but a princess.
Apr 16, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
This was a fun book. However it's got a lot of words to it, which means: 1. as an adult reader you might be tempted to skip some of the story at times; 2. it may not hold a 3 year old's attention span.
Kennia Torres
Nov 23, 2012 Kennia Torres rated it really liked it
This is a very cute and sweet story about a princess pig. Princess pigsty gets fed up with being a princess she thinks it is too boring being a princess so she throws her tiara out the window. Her father exclaims to her that she is going to be punished and she is going to be doing lots of work now. However, Princess pigsty could not be any more happy because she wants to sleep with pigs, pick blackberries, and do lots of more outside activities that will consist of her getting dirty instead of b ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Avery rated it liked it
Cute take on the princess story. Full review here.
Carol Waters
I like Isabella but don't princesses have to have some political skills? Education? Communication skills? why do they have to be fluffy?
May 04, 2008 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Princess Isabella is sick of being a princess. It's "boring." She can't climb trees in her princess dresses and she hates getting her hair curled. She defies her father, the king, and refuses to fish out her crown that she tossed into the fish pond. As punishment she's banished first to the kitchen to peel potatos and polish pans and next to the pigsty. She's never been happier in her life. Not your typical "princess" story. When I read it to my 3 year old niece she asked me at the end, "Why did ...more
Emily Woodard
Jul 25, 2015 Emily Woodard rated it it was amazing
I liked Isabelle but I didn't like that she didn't listen to her dad.
Apr 25, 2013 Eden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Isabella is tired of being a princess. Tired of having her hair curled and having everything done for her. She wants to do things for herself and to get dirty! So, she throws her crown out the window and into the fishpond.

And when she refuses to get her crown, the king sends her off to do kitchen work and then, finally to the pigsty.

This is quite a fun book. I like Isabella and how she is determined to be herself no matter what. Her father, the king, is upset at first, but eventually he just ac
The Brothers
Feb 20, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fathers, pigs, princesses
Isabella is fed up with all the stuff required of being a princess. She tosses her crown into the pond. Her father is very upset and punishes her by making her work in the kitchen and then the pigsty. His plan backfires when Isabella discovers she loves doing all the "dirty" work. In the end, father and daughter come to an understanding and live happily ever after.

Cute illustrations.
Feb 15, 2015 Nadine rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
My girls (4 and 6) loved it :)
Oct 16, 2008 Liane rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacquelyn
Genre: Picture book

Reading Level: Early

Topics & Themes: Expectations of princesses. Father-daughter relationships.

Curricular Use: Shared

Social: Acting like a princess has many implications: ignorance of royal family(lack of common knowledge). Be true to yourself.

Literary Elements: Humor. Symbolizing of crown equalling princess: since she would not wear it, couldn't be a princess and sent to kitchen and pigsty. Conflict between Isabella and sisters and father.

Text & Pictures: Interaction
Jun 20, 2013 Eva rated it it was ok
My 3 and 5 year old like this book, but are unsure of who the sympathetic character is. They comment that the little princess is rude for complaining so much about her life as a princess. She even throws her crown out the window and into a pond and argues with her father. I see a broader message or "be true to who you are and the need for parents to accept who their children are going to be despite their expectations". But this message is lost on my young ones who only see a rude princess who li ...more
Kristin H.
Oct 04, 2008 Kristin H. rated it it was amazing
This book is great for p-k to 2nd grade. It is about a princess who is tired of being a princess and she throws her crown into the goldfish pond. Her father, the king punishes her by making her work in the kitchen and by making her clean the pigsty. It turns out that she loves doing it and her father realizes how happy she is. He decides that it is okay for her not to be a perfect little princess, he just wants her to be happy. This is a fun book. I liked it a lot
Aug 19, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
While I did enjoy seeing the antics of this fed-up princess, there were parts that were slightly unbelievable. The ending was rather neatly wrapped up as well. But still, I did like how the youngest princess handled her dilemma and the illustrations captured her moods nicely. I might recommend if you liked off-the-wall princess books.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Apr 02, 2009 Cindi rated it liked it
We liked this because it was funny. The little princess doesn't want her hair curled and hid under the bed. She also threw her crown out the window. Because she won't go retrieve it she is assigned to the kitchen and when that doesn't convince her to get her crown out of the goldfish pond, her father sends her to the pigsty. She loves the pigsty. Finally, she and her father see eye to eye. The princess is finally granted a "normal" life. Hooray!
Renae Williams
I really like this book, it has a fairy tale feel but there's a twist when the princess is punished and has to stay with pigs. I liked the message this book gave which is "the grass isnt always greener on the other side". Most girls would love to be treated like royalty, but this one just wants to be normal and get her hands dirty. She ends up really enjoying being around the pigs and her father learns to love unconditionally.
I think this one will go over SO well with Book Time. It's a great story, it's funny, the pictures are great, it's fast, it will keep their attention, and it's not too short. It will be fun to tell and I think they would still enjoy listening to it. Not too young for them. I'll have to work on making the king more "likable" near the end because it seemed a rather sudden change of heart for him.
Sep 22, 2013 Min rated it it was amazing
In the best tradition of children's books, a lesson is taught quickly, and well. In a few pages, we learn what it is to be loved for wanting to be yourself. The princess holds out to do what makes her happy. Her family protests, and seeks to cure her, yet, in the end, realize, it is what makes her happiest is what is important.
A lesson many children and parents need.
Breanne Kanegawa
Oct 25, 2013 Breanne Kanegawa rated it really liked it
This book starts off as a typical princess story. They get what they want and they have servants and everything. The youngest princess does not want to be a princess anymore because it is too boring. She wants to be able to get dirty and do her own things for herself. The pictures are very nice. They look like any one could draw them which makes them realistic for the kids.
Dec 01, 2008 Olivia rated it really liked it
Tired of being a princess, the youngest of three sisters throws her crown out the window and finds happiness working in the royal kitchen and pigsty.

Reading Practice

Book Level: 3.3

Interest Level: Lower Grades (LG K-3)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Fiction

Topic - Subtopic: Behavior-Cleanliness; Character Traits-Individuality; People-Royalty
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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