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Friday, January 12, 2018

PYR BLOG TOUR: Princess Pulverizer #1: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik

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Today, we're joining a Penguin Young Readers blog tour already in progress starring a spunky princess that wants to be anything but...COMING SOON to a bookstore shelf near you!  That's right, it's a PRE-PUB celebration (official release date is next week!), and you've been cordially invited to discover the wonders within.  In the tradition of Princess Harriett, and Sir Princess Petra before her, I give you a new leading lady looking to make her mark on the world while breaking through the stereotypes assigned to her station.  Ready or not, here comes....

Nancy Krulik
Illustrated by
Ben Balistreri
Penguin Workshop

About the book...
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?


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Like a few princesses before her, Princess Serena...err, um, I mean, Princess Pulverizer, doesn't want any part of BEING a princess. She desires to be a knight and that's that. None of this dancing about, learning to curtsy, deciding which fork to use and when. No siree, she's rather be in the thick of things and she's not afraid to let anyone know, including dear old dad, the King. Thing is as silly/sweet as her "special face" is (yeah...that is one special face!), even he won't let her have it that easily (go Dad!) and not for the reasons you think.  He's not exactly against the idea, but he knows there is room for her to grow and so, she's sent on a Quest of Kindness (that Dad is a smart one!).  How and when it ends rests entirely on her shoulders, but if this adventure was any sign of what's to come, it's gonna be good...

With illustrations to delight, a story to enchant, and a cast of characters brimming with potential, you can't go wrong with this series kickoff!  Our princess bucks the trends without necessarily trying to make a statement for anyone but herself, however let's just say, the statement has been made.  She's a great inspiration for young girls, encouraging them to follow their own paths to the dreams THEY dream, while also celebrating the different talents young boys may have outside of knightly duties.  Oh, and dragons...definitely breaks that preconceived notion of what they are all about.

So, if you're a fan of spunky girls, shivering knights, dragons with chef intentions, and mighty stinky ogres that need to be taught a thing or two about property rights and personal hygiene, this ones for you!


About the author...

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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Special thanks to Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the ARC for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release January 16, 2018 via Penguin Workshop, so mark your calendar, or pre-order your copy today!  Be sure to check out the other sites participating in the tour for more awesome bookish fun...

Image result for lanceWEEK ONE:
January 10 – Crossroad Reviews – Review
January 11 – Because Reading is better than real life – Review
January 12 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review
January 15 – Four Violet Reviews – Fun Kitchen Activity
January 16 – Pirates and Pixie Dust – Review
January 17 – Teachers Who Read – Review and A Guide
January 18 – Crafty Moms Share – Review
January 19 – YA Book Nerd – Review/Creative

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Felicity Grace Terry said...

As if spunky girls, shivering knights and dragons with chef intentions weren't enough, we also get stinky ogres that need to be taught a thing or two about property rights and personal hygiene. Yeah! Definitely sounds like my kind of read and exactly the kind of non-stereotypical read children were encouraged to read at the last school I worked at.

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