The Birthday Ball
So, I found this young reader novel length fairy tale to be amusing and sweet and although not a very original story, it had some unique touches. It was predictable but more than adequately entertaining. And, while the ending was certainly not in question, the exact mea ...more
Plot summary: Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate—for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, "Pat” and attracts friends and the attention of the handsome schoolmaster. Disgusting sui ...more
I think she may have been going for a Miyazaki approach to character and plot development, but it just didn't work. There was only one character who I was emotionally invested in and she was a minor minor character.
Also, I don't understand why some authors feel the need to ...more
My favorite parts:
1. So many things rhyme with delicious!
2. The norphan
3. The disgusting Duke of Dyspepsia, Prince of Pustula, and Conjoint Counts
4. An overall satisfying mixture of cute and gro ...more
A spoiled princess decides to swap her royal lifestyle for the poor peasant lifestyle days before her sixteenth birthday in “The Birthday Ball.” As decree of the Law of the Domain the princess must pick a suitor on this day and her choices are atrocious. Between constantly bickering conjoined twins, a warthog- like duke and a dandruff covered prince, Princess Patricia Priscilla is dreading her decision so she flees to the village to go to the local school. There she mee ...more
Meanwhile, the castle staff is frantically preparing for the ball and noble guests are traveling to the kingdom to a ...more
Let me preface this post by first saying that there are elementary books, and there are elementary books. Bookworm…what the heck does that even mean?
Well, I shall explain. There are books that belong in the same section meant for kids of elementary grade school- in my favorite local library it is called Juvenile Fiction. However, there are two kinds of books on these shelves. There are books like Joseph Delaney’s Spook series which are targeted toward that age group but still have developed cha...more
I read this short novel aloud at bedtime to my 4 1/2 year old daughter, who got the elements ...more
With The Birthday Ball, I find myself impressed once again by the diversity of Lois Lowry's writing talent. She is equally at home penning tales of zany buffoonery or deeply wrenching pathos, in books as totally opposite in style as The Birthday Ball and Number the Stars. Despite the fact that she has been writing for many decades, ...more
With her sixteen birthday quickly approaching the beautiful and bored Princess Patricia Priscilla is lamenting her lot in life. Faced with a big decision...on her sixteenth she must choose a husband...the Princess changes ...more
Recommended For: Girls, ages seven and up. This book is smarter and more substantial than you might initially think based on the cover, so if you’re looking for straight fluff, look elsewhere.
One Word Summary: Expert.
At an event at Books of Wonder in New York City, Lois Lowry said that in writing The Birthday Ball she was just looking to have a little fun. Fun she had indeed, but make no mistake, this not a syrupy work of triviality: it’s no less t ...more
Luckily, I agreed to review this novel because I was looking for a quick escape. Well…I not only got a good, fun read, but Lois Lowry took everything that I thought I knew about her writing style and changed it. For The Birthday Ball Lowry added numerous tricks to her resume. She added images to her story-sc ...more
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I love this book! It was a quick and easy read, but it had a whole bunch of SAT words scattered in it, especially when Princess Pat talked to her cat (who knew there were so many words that rhymed with Delicious?).
The plot was generally predictable, but it was a sweet story and has your typical fairytale feel to it. It was mostly about Princess Pat and her search for adventure in a schoolhouse, but Lois also gave the other m ...more
I first heard about this book through some positive reviews from some teachers that I knew. But the thing was, all the teachers would say was, "The Birthday Ball is fun!" or "The Birthday Ball is cute!" And that's it. All of them. Only those words. They wouldn't even describe the plot of the book. Just say that it was cute.
I started to think it was some kind of conspiracy. Why wouldn't anyone say more?
Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with being a princess. Ignored by her parents, faced with the dreaded birthday ball where she must choose a suitor from among three horrible prospects, she goes seeking excitement on her own by pretending to be a peasant school girl. Disguised as "Pat" she soon makes friends wit ...more
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always ...more