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Once upon a time there was a Princess . . . . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas!   Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto Once upon a time there was a Princess . . . . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas!   Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.  


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Once upon a time there was a Princess . . . . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas!   Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto Once upon a time there was a Princess . . . . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas!   Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.  

30 review for The Princess and the Pit Stop

  1. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    I'm not quite sure how to rate this one. As stories go, it's really thin. The gimmick is the fairy tale characters that the princess passes on her way to the finish line. The verbs are all tied in with their respective characters, which is cute (e.g., she leapt past the rabbits, spun out Rumpelstiltskin, charged past the knight, etc.). The ending made me smile (I won't spoil it for you, but it involves yet another fairy tale character). The illustrations are probably the best part of the book. Th I'm not quite sure how to rate this one. As stories go, it's really thin. The gimmick is the fairy tale characters that the princess passes on her way to the finish line. The verbs are all tied in with their respective characters, which is cute (e.g., she leapt past the rabbits, spun out Rumpelstiltskin, charged past the knight, etc.). The ending made me smile (I won't spoil it for you, but it involves yet another fairy tale character). The illustrations are probably the best part of the book. Though the style is a bit different, the plays on words and the colourful landscape (and the subject matter) really reminded me of Wreck-It Ralph, only not as Disney-fied. So, this was entertaining enough for a quick read, but it doesn't seem like something you'd want to read again and again... unless you like looking at the pictures. The book seems more like a gimmick than a real story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Who says race cars are for boys? The princess puts the petal to the metal in this colorful, fast-paced, comedic race to the finish line. The Princess and the Pit Stop features myriad characters from well-known fairy tales like the wolf & the three little pigs ("She blew the doors off the Big Bad Wolf and smoke the Three Little Pigs") and the gingerbread man ("She CAN catch me!").

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    The illustrations are wonderful, but the story is lacking.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    How could I resist this book when I saw it? A princess? Auto racing? A cover that promised some awesome illustrations. I just love princess stories, heck, even my blog name is Twirling Book Princess (though that mostly has to do with my fiance). I was definitely interested in seeing how a princess + auto racing would come together and fit together. From the first page I was hooked. I mean come on, her pit stop team was a caterpillar (Alice in Wonderland?), a fairy Godmother, a dwarf, a hare, and How could I resist this book when I saw it? A princess? Auto racing? A cover that promised some awesome illustrations. I just love princess stories, heck, even my blog name is Twirling Book Princess (though that mostly has to do with my fiance). I was definitely interested in seeing how a princess + auto racing would come together and fit together. From the first page I was hooked. I mean come on, her pit stop team was a caterpillar (Alice in Wonderland?), a fairy Godmother, a dwarf, a hare, and a pig. It was fun that the book didn't start with the start of the race instead taking us much further into the race, having the princess at the last place. Oh my! It was so much fun seeing her pass all kinds of fairy tales, with a rainbow tail to have people remember her. The author did a terrific job on making the story engaging, fun, and hilarious. Though sure, I have to say at times it was a tiny bit repetitive, but generally I was curious to see what she would pass next and what kind of text (and imagery) would accompany it. I loved that there were appearances from other fairy tales. Humpty Dumpty, Three Bears, Wizard of Oz, Withes from Hansel and Gretel, and many many others. They are all in this race and they are all in it to win it. I hadn't expected them to actually be part of the race, oh no, I actually thought our princess would just race past their respective countries/stories. I am glad that the author decided to make them competitors in the same race. We already knew this was inspired on Indiana 500 (or something like that), but the ending was even more like that. Normally, I wouldn't know this as I don't want that stuff (I love the cars and the idea of fast cars, but not the races as they get boring fast), but my father in law watched quite a bit of it during our vacation. :P The art is just fabulous, it is dynamic, fun, and the artist just captures the motion and fastness of the cars perfectly. Plus I just adore the style. All in all, a terrific book that I would highly recommend if you are looking for a princess story with something different from the normal ones, no glitter here, just grit and awesome driving. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Serenity

    Super cute picture book about a princess who refused to give up. The text is funny (a lot of puns related to nursery rhymes, I hope younger readers will get them all) and the illustrations are vibrant and attractive.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz Todd

    Dan Santat for the win here. Love that rainbow trail behind the Princess!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    The best part (besides the classic Santat illustrations) are the verbs Angleberger uses as the Princess leaves all the fairytale characters in the dust.

  8. 5 out of 5

    orangerful

    Cute, but I feel like this would have been more fun if it had a little bit more story and a little less fairy tale name dropping. I wanted to know more about Princess' skills!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shallowreader VaVeros

    Great illustrations but a tad boring, IMO. But a kid might like it better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anoush Emrazian

    Fantastic illustrations, not much conflict ( I know it's a kid book, but it's even light for that).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Calhoun

    Pictures were awesome; text, meh.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    A princess in a car race refuses to give up. The illustrations are overwhelming and the bulk of the test are clever ways to say how she passes/defeats each of the other fairy tale race car drivers. It doesn't feel very original or memorable. It's simply not enough to put a princess in a race car and say it's clever because "princesses don't typically drive race cars." A good story is required, too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Santat's illustrations are bright and colorful to support the story line. The princess learns she's in last place in the final lap of the race when she makes her pit stop. She could have given up but decided to show determination and try to win the race. She passes all of the other fairy tale characters in the race and does win. The story line was weaker than I expected.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Here's the thing -- I didn't like this book because I just don't get cars. I really like this illustrator, and yet, all the cars looked the same (for the most part), and the way the characters were rendered didn't make me want to look at them. Why should I care about this car race? Does that matter? I'm not sure. This book just isn't a book for me, but it will deservedly appeal to others.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Seems cute but kind of pointless. I'm all for princesses being race car drivers, don't get me wrong, but I guess I was expecting a point, or a snappy conclusion or something, and there doesn't seem to be one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Cute idea, but there was no plot, just the princess driving her race car past all the fairy-tale / nursery rhyme characters. Santat's illustrations are the best part of this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A princess drives in a race with nursery rhyme & fairytale characters. Unfortunately, nothing actually happens.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Eh. Nothing really happened. The illustrations were fun but didn't carry the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne

    Cute illustrations but pretty light on story. There are much better feminist picture books out there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    You could really feel the energy inside this children’s book with its bright, bold illustrations and the words the author chose to include in this text. It’s a wonder that the Princess decided to continue with the race, after what her Fairy Godmother told when she made a pit stop. The Fairy Godmother informed the Princess that she only had one lap to go in the race but the real problem was, the Princess was already in last place before she stopped. As the announcer gave a play-by-play of the Pri You could really feel the energy inside this children’s book with its bright, bold illustrations and the words the author chose to include in this text. It’s a wonder that the Princess decided to continue with the race, after what her Fairy Godmother told when she made a pit stop. The Fairy Godmother informed the Princess that she only had one lap to go in the race but the real problem was, the Princess was already in last place before she stopped. As the announcer gave a play-by-play of the Princesses last leg of the race, I liked how the text was sometimes set off by interesting text boxes. It created an energy and excitement to the novel. The text also carried all kinds of text sizes which were also fun. The illustrations contained dazzling colors, as the Princess raced across the page with her racecar trailing a rainbow behind it. I liked all the different fairy tale characters that competed with the Princess. Their illustrations were fun to view. It was the play on words with these fairy tale characters that I feel, deserve the most credit. As the Princess raced beside her competitors, she gave them a run-for-their-money as she, “blew the doors off the Big Bad Wolf,” “smoked the Three Little Pigs,” “honked the Golden Goose,” and ”….butted in front of the Three Billy Goats Gruff!” The Princess raced to be in front of a variety of fairy tale characters as the author created a fun, unique to publicize the news. As the finished line came into view, who would win this race? This was a cute book with a simple storyline. Simple is the word here, so enjoy the illustrations and the author’s text.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina Carter

    You don't tell this princess that she is in last place and think that she's not going to do something about it! She's got what it takes to put the pedal to the metal and get the job done. A pit stop won't slow her down for long. Watch her kick it into gear for the win! Passing all of the legends on the track. Watch out Humpty Dumpty! Don't look now Rumpelstiltskin! Move over Snow White. Because this princess is determined to finish the race, not in last, but first place! She is driven to succeed You don't tell this princess that she is in last place and think that she's not going to do something about it! She's got what it takes to put the pedal to the metal and get the job done. A pit stop won't slow her down for long. Watch her kick it into gear for the win! Passing all of the legends on the track. Watch out Humpty Dumpty! Don't look now Rumpelstiltskin! Move over Snow White. Because this princess is determined to finish the race, not in last, but first place! She is driven to succeed and the reader will be inspired to do the same. The opening of The Princess and the Pit Stop pulls the reader right into the center of the action. And it is fast-paced so buckle up and get ready for the ride! Just take a good look into her eyes, and you will see the determination the princess has. This is a story about perseverance. Not giving up. Even when it looks like victory is impossible. Stay in the game (or the race) against all odds and push through to success. What a great message and treasure! I enjoyed the story a great deal, but those illustrations! Can we talk about that for a minute? I must say that Dan Santat's illustrations are BOSS! He wows me every single time without fail! The Princess and the Pit Stop is no exception. I mean look at the cover. This princess didn't come to play games. She's in it to win it! Every aspect of the art in this book is highly engaging, creative, and fun. It is the sort of book that I know I will need to have multiple copies of because my students are going to just love it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    In a car race, the princess is forced to pull off for a pit stop to refuel. While in the pit stop, she is told that she is in last place with only one lap to go. Maybe it is time to give up? But instead she hits the gas. Car by car, she moves up through the ranks, passing different fairy tale characters along the way. Narrated by the Frog Prince speaking into a mic, the excitement builds. She goes over Tom Thumb and under the giant. She zooms past other characters like the Big Bad Wolf, the Thre In a car race, the princess is forced to pull off for a pit stop to refuel. While in the pit stop, she is told that she is in last place with only one lap to go. Maybe it is time to give up? But instead she hits the gas. Car by car, she moves up through the ranks, passing different fairy tale characters along the way. Narrated by the Frog Prince speaking into a mic, the excitement builds. She goes over Tom Thumb and under the giant. She zooms past other characters like the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, the Seven Dwarves, the Ugly Duckling and many more. In the end, it is down to her and the Ugly Stepsisters as they race up to a cliff’s edge. Angleberger writes with a directness that works very well for a book told primarily through a microphone and an excited frog. The book could have been just a list of different storybook characters, but with Angleberger’s humor it becomes a series of jokes and puns that make the book really rev. Santat’s art is stellar, creating a book with lots of different perspectives. It incorporates the feel of a graphic novel and also has the colorful playfulness of a picture book. A funny and incredible book filled with girl power and glory. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    The illustrations are vibrant and alive with movement and humor. The vocabulary to describe the princess passing her competitors is a lot of fun (blew the doors off the wolf, charged past the knight, honked at the golden goose). It gets a little old and the ending felt flat. She wins, gets photos taken, hosts a party and now there's a dance competition. As always, I peeked under the cover (or maybe I should say under the hood for this race book) and found different art and a hidden quote from Lo The illustrations are vibrant and alive with movement and humor. The vocabulary to describe the princess passing her competitors is a lot of fun (blew the doors off the wolf, charged past the knight, honked at the golden goose). It gets a little old and the ending felt flat. She wins, gets photos taken, hosts a party and now there's a dance competition. As always, I peeked under the cover (or maybe I should say under the hood for this race book) and found different art and a hidden quote from Louisa May Alcott, which I loved. While the ending didn't appeal to me, I imagine there are children who will giggle their way through the story and not realize the not-so-subtle (for adults) image that girls can be determined, smart and win the race. It's interesting how the title is "...and the Pit Stop" but really the focus is the race. The pit stop discussion is the impetus to roaring out and winning -- basically, don't tell me what I can or can't do, I'm going out there to win.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan Schmelzer

    Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org Not all princesses wear ball gowns. Some wear jumpsuits and drive racecars! In The Princess and the Pit Stop, you will get a book that packs a fun twist to the typical fairy-tales that you are used too. Sure, you have your princess, but she is no damsel in distress! In this story, the princess is in a race where she has found herself in last place during the last turn around the track. But have no fear, our princess is determined, and she Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org Not all princesses wear ball gowns. Some wear jumpsuits and drive racecars! In The Princess and the Pit Stop, you will get a book that packs a fun twist to the typical fairy-tales that you are used too. Sure, you have your princess, but she is no damsel in distress! In this story, the princess is in a race where she has found herself in last place during the last turn around the track. But have no fear, our princess is determined, and she is ready to put her pedal to the metal. Through the story, you will follow our princess as she completes her last turn around the track. Slowly, but surely, you will see our princess prevail as she does everything she can to try to win her race in the end. Be sure to look out for familiar characters in the race alongside our princess.  They will likely have  “fairy” recognizable faces!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    “Once upon a time, there was a princess who made a pit stop.” So begins a race through fairytale land with a princess straight out of Speed Racer! With action packed, colorful images and humorous extra details, star picture book creators Angleberger and Santat deliver an entertaining, fast paced story. A frog serves as the announcer who gives play by play details of the princess’ run from last to first. Her rainbow streaking turbo race car zooms past characters such as the gingerbread man, the t “Once upon a time, there was a princess who made a pit stop.” So begins a race through fairytale land with a princess straight out of Speed Racer! With action packed, colorful images and humorous extra details, star picture book creators Angleberger and Santat deliver an entertaining, fast paced story. A frog serves as the announcer who gives play by play details of the princess’ run from last to first. Her rainbow streaking turbo race car zooms past characters such as the gingerbread man, the tortoise and the hare, and even the big bad wolf. The celebratory ball at the end will make sure that this is a happily ever after tale worth reading again and again! THOUGHTS: Readers will hopefully find their imagination revved up through the story. What do other fairy tale characters do when they compete or interact? This could also provide a nice bridge or comparison to those graphic novel novices.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Many fairytales and even some nursery rhymes are present at the car race of the century that involves our main character; The Princess. The reader is introduced to the princess in the last round at her pitstop. The fairy godmother mentions she is in last place with only one lap to go. That doesn't stop this girl. With frog as the announcer, who turns out to be the prince, the reader is informed who the princess passes. She hits the gas. Colorful illustrations and expressive characters create a r Many fairytales and even some nursery rhymes are present at the car race of the century that involves our main character; The Princess. The reader is introduced to the princess in the last round at her pitstop. The fairy godmother mentions she is in last place with only one lap to go. That doesn't stop this girl. With frog as the announcer, who turns out to be the prince, the reader is informed who the princess passes. She hits the gas. Colorful illustrations and expressive characters create a rapid pace story full of action, which could appeal to any fan of things that go fast. This strong female character shows the reader it takes determination to win a race and a rainbow slipstream. Oral Pre Kindergarten through 1st grade R

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Lee

    Coming out of last place in a storybook car race, the princess passes every storybook character imaginable to win the trophy. Afterwards she invites all the contestants to the palace for a ball, where she snags the Frog Prince for a dance contest. End of story. The book was had lots funny play on words 'butted in front of the the three Billy Goats Gruff' 'beat Jack and Jill down the Hill' 'made the seven dwarfs grumpy' and many more. But there wasn't much conflict (except going from last place t Coming out of last place in a storybook car race, the princess passes every storybook character imaginable to win the trophy. Afterwards she invites all the contestants to the palace for a ball, where she snags the Frog Prince for a dance contest. End of story. The book was had lots funny play on words 'butted in front of the the three Billy Goats Gruff' 'beat Jack and Jill down the Hill' 'made the seven dwarfs grumpy' and many more. But there wasn't much conflict (except going from last place to first), no problems along the way, no obstacles to overcome, no failures... only predictable she passed this one and that one and the next one until she won the race.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    The Princess is in dead last when she checks in at her pit stop before the last lap of the 500. But will a plucky Princess let a bunch of other fairy tale characters beat her? The descriptions of how the Princess blows past (or over or under) the competition all contains nods to their own fairy tale stories. That was my favorite part of this. Kids should love the illustrations which are bright, colorful, and humorous. An attractive fairy tale race car mashup that would be a good book to use when The Princess is in dead last when she checks in at her pit stop before the last lap of the 500. But will a plucky Princess let a bunch of other fairy tale characters beat her? The descriptions of how the Princess blows past (or over or under) the competition all contains nods to their own fairy tale stories. That was my favorite part of this. Kids should love the illustrations which are bright, colorful, and humorous. An attractive fairy tale race car mashup that would be a good book to use when talking about literary allusions.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    It bothered me more than I'd like to admit that the announcer and the narrator seem to be competing to tell the story. Are they the same person? The narrator speaks in regular text and the announcer speaks in excited loudspeaker speech bubbles, but both (for some awkward reason) are speaking in the past tense, even though don't announcers usually commentate in the present? This really threw off the story for me. Lovely illustrations, delightful book cover under the dust jacket, great theme of per It bothered me more than I'd like to admit that the announcer and the narrator seem to be competing to tell the story. Are they the same person? The narrator speaks in regular text and the announcer speaks in excited loudspeaker speech bubbles, but both (for some awkward reason) are speaking in the past tense, even though don't announcers usually commentate in the present? This really threw off the story for me. Lovely illustrations, delightful book cover under the dust jacket, great theme of perseverence, but I just couldn't get over the narrator/announcer conflict.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    A different story that the title suggests. Pit stops means something else to me when traveling with children but the story brings in all the fairy tale characters to a car race. The princess will not give up the race even when her team feels the race is lost. She has perseverance and attitude and is fun for children who want a story about car races and recognize the characters from fairy tales along the way. Beautiful big, colorful illustrations of the racers in the other race cars.

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