Listen, this book is awesome. The artwork is action packed. It's simply really fun to read. At 30 years old is it too late to say, "when I grow up I want to be her." I think it's important for media to de-gender things as boy interests or girl interests, and this does a great job of just that. Girls like race cars too.
— From Phoebe
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.
About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the New York Times bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series as well as many other books for kids. He lives with his family in Virginia.
Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of many books, including The Guild of Geniuses and Sidekicks. He won a Caldecott Medal for his book The Adventures of Beekle. www.dantat.com.
"The only bump in the road for this turbo charged tribute to girl power is the dilemma that libraries will face in having to choose between the equally compelling jacket and covers. Best-selling Angelberger and Caledecott-winner Santat are proven successes, and this high-energy, girl-powered tale will zoom right off shelves."
"Rocket-fueled panel artwork by Santat (After the Fall) gleams like carbon fiber. His rendering of Angleberger’s (the Origami Yoda series) inspired injection of sports-network energy into fairyland produces a shot of gleeful adrenaline whose only fault, like the best of things, is that it’s over too soon."
— Publishers Weekly
"Rev those engines and buckle that seat belt—readers are in for a bumpy ride. A high-octane storytime selection."
— School Library Journal
"The full-page illustrations are saturated with color and express the action so vividly readers will nearly hear the roar of the racetrack. The emphasis on the Princess' racing skill and zeal for her sport is empowering and refreshing."
— Kirkus Reviews
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Santat’s vibrant illustrations come so alive that readers can practically hear the squealing tires and the roar of the crowd."
— School Library Connection
"With its breakneck speed and massive number of storybook references, The Princess and the Pit Stop is sure to be a story time favorite."
— Shelf Awareness
"This speedy freshening up of classic characters from children’s literature honors the power of confidence and determination and puts the Princessin the driver’s seat."
— The Horn Book