The Princess and the Pit Stop
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.  

The Princess and the Pit Stop Details

TitleThe Princess and the Pit Stop
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 10th, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
ISBN-139781419728488
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Funny, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

The Princess and the Pit Stop Review

  • Serenity
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    The best part (besides the classic Santat illustrations) are the verbs Angleberger uses as the Princess leaves all the fairytale characters in the dust.
  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Krysta
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    This fun picture book will be great to share with kids that appreciate a good car racing story and kids who enjoy fractured fairy tales. The Princess in this story is determined to win the car race against an all-star line-up of famous fairy tale characters. Even though she's told by her fairy godmother at the pit stop that she doesn't have a chance because she's so far behind. She gives it everything she's got and I'm sure that young readers will enjoy rooting for her to win it all.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    “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!”And the race is on! The race participants are a veritable “Who’s Who” of the fairy tale and nursery rhyme world. “She beat Jack and Jill down the hill ... and passed Little Jack Horner in the corner.”Great illustrations and fun text should make this a favorite with students.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that this was going to be another book about Pee and surprise it was not. This is a race!!. This has many of your favorite characters from many different fairy tales. The princess is in last place, is she going to win? This has great pictures, and a really fun story. Great for a storytime or a bedtime.
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  • Mikey Golczynski
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I liked this story, I did walk away feeling a little disappointed. The illustrations are incredible, they feel alive! The motion is conveyed so effectively. There are some moments of clever wordplay/references to fairy tales such as "And she blows the doors off the big, bad wolf!". But the disappointment comes in because I wish there were more really good ones like that.
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  • Polly
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The story and the illustrations are both very good...colorful. But I feel like both were a bit overwhelming in areas. There is a lot going on in the illustrations, and the story races through a list of fairytale characters.All in all, it was a fun book.
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  • Tracy Morton
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book! It is a fractured fairytale. I loved that it touched on a crazy number of traditional fairytales. It would be interesting to read this story and then challenge the children to research some of the fairytales that are covered.
  • Kris Dersch
    January 1, 1970
    Just delightful. The 4-year-old wanted it read over and over and I was happy to oblige. Play-by-play of this incredible race is done by, you guessed it, the frog prince. Such a fun story for young princes and princesses alike.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Almost 4 stars. A really fun inclusion of a lot of fairy tales with our Princess being a little badass. Angleberger and Santat are a good team.
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Cute book! This will be a huge hit with kids! Another hit by these authors!
  • Lorie Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the female focus and the persistence when things get hard. Hilarious with incredible illustrations by Caldecott winner Santat.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    An aptly fast paced romp through the world of fairy tale characters at the hands of one driven princess. Dan Santat's trademark illustrations dazzle with both detail and color.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Kate Foran
    January 1, 1970
    Energetic and bright—very light on story and feeling.
  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    Fun references to fairytale and folklore characters with a fierce little lady leading the action!
  • Marcie
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE IT! What a wonderful pairing!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A princess drives in a race with nursery rhyme & fairytale characters. Unfortunately, nothing actually happens.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThat is one odds-defying princess! Bright, colorful, and such fun packed into 40 pages of fairy tale references!
  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable illustrations. Cute story with lots of puns
  • Roben
    January 1, 1970
    Never give up - even when you are in last place and it's the final lap.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A lively car racing-fairy tale mash up.
  • Emyrose8
    January 1, 1970
    To say this princess is competitive is a bit of an understatement! So many fairytales and nursery rhymes jammed into this story, I love it! The illustrations are excellent.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Great artwork, and a good story about not giving up - but the middle of the story was pretty predictable and dull.
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