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An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Price Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest.
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Princess Paulina, whose father has given up his throne to become a wood carver, decides that the only way to become a princess again is to vie for the hand of Prince Drupert, the Milquetoast son of the domineering Queen Zelda. She and eleven other princesses are given the old pea-in-the-mattress test (“That’s so once-upon-a-time,” Paulina scoffs) that five of them pass. After the try-on-the-glass-slipper test, only three remain. The final test involves cooking and, after the other princesses grab, Paulina finds herself left with only flour, yeast, water, tomatoes, cheese. She is about to give up when she is informed that the losers will be beheaded. Frantically she tosses things together and, you guessed it—a pizza. She wins the prize, but decides she would rather open a pizza parlor.
The story has a modern feel to it. Paulina prefers sneakers to slippers, is an independent thinker, and speaks up when she thinks things aren’t fair. The text is filled with great dialogue, references to other fairy tales, and has a twist at the end.
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