The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Dan Santat

Published by Harry N. Abrams

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Summary:  When the Princess makes a pit stop at the car race, she learns that she’s in last place with one lap to go.  Determined to win, she takes off, aggressively passing one fairy tale character after another (“She spun out Rumpelstiltskin and butted in front of the three billy goats gruff”).  Many of the characters make reference to their stories (“And the Gingerbread Man admitted, ‘She CAN catch me!”).  The narrator is a frog announcer, screaming into a microphone.  On the last page, the princess, who has thrown a celebratory party at the castle, grabs his hand saying, “C’mon, Prince! We’ve got a dance contest to win!”  48 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  You really can’t go wrong pairing Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat (an aside: this is the fourth book illustrated by Dan Santat I’ve reviewed this year; the man is an illustration machine).  The story and the pictures are pure fun, and kids who know their fairy tales will enjoy the literary allusions.

Cons:  The ending seemed a little anticlimactic.

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