Happy happy book birthday to Nancy Krulik and Princess Pulverizer!
I’m so excited to share this book with you today!
When the princess changes her name from Serena to Pulverizer to better fit her personality, I was a bit worried about how the story would play out. I thought that perhaps “girly” things (like ballroom dancing and learning etiquette) would be called bad or undesirable, like we’ve seen in many stories before. But luckily, that wasn’t the case at all! Princess Pulverizer wants to be a knight simply because that’s who she wants to be. Sure, she’s horrible at singing and she trips on her own feet while dancing, but she never bashes princess life. Instead, she goes after what she wants. Along the way, she learns the power of leadership, teamwork, and to not judge others by their looks. I give the story four stars, and honestly, I think it would play wonderfully as a Netflix series for kids!
Meet the princess who’d rather wear a suit of armor than a crown!
Princess Serena (or as she prefers, Princess Pulverizer) doesn’t want to be a princess–she wants to be knight! But her father, King Alexander of Empiria, thinks she still has a lot to learn when it comes to exhibiting valiant behavior. So he presents a challenge: the princess must first go on a Quest of Kindness and perform good deeds to prove that she truly deserves to go to knight school. With help from a friendly dragon named Dribble and a perpetually terrified knight-in-training named Lucas, can she complete her quest and discover what it really takes to be a hero?
Nancy Krulik is the author of more than two hundred books for children and young adults, including three New York Times Best Sellers. She is best known as the author and creator of the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo; George Brown, Class Clown; How I Survived Middle School; and Magic Bone book series. Nancy lives in Manhattan with her husband, composer Daniel Burwasser. When she’s not writing, Nancy can be found reading, going to concerts, traveling, or running around Central Park with her crazy beagle mix, Josie.
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*review based on uncorrected galley