Princess Pulverizer Series

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Atypical princess story is spirited, funny, full of burps.

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Educational Value

Unless you’re going to knight school, there isn’t a lot of academic information in these books. But it turns out that the requirements for getting into knight school are all about being a good human being -- something everyone could find educational.

Positive Messages

Princess Pulverizer thinks that throwing elbows to get to the top is what will make her worth of attending knight school, but soon learns that kindness and honor are the key to success.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Princess Pulverizer’s friends and adults are great models of kindness, inclusiveness, and persistence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nancy Krulik’s Princess Pulverizer series is a burp-filled, swashbuckling adventure kids will love to read. Hating her days spent learning to curtsy and use the proper fork, she trades life in a castle for a Quest of Kindness -- an almost impossible quest for a self-centered princess. Hilarious lessons come from the strangest places, and the books are filled with puns, jokes, and storylines young readers will love. And the burping. They will surely love the burping.

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What's the story?

In the PRINCESS PULVERIZER series, Dribble the dragon and Lucas the would-be knight join Princess Serena (or, as she prefers, Princess Pulverizer) on her quest to perform eight acts of kindness. Only after she returns to her father with proof of these eight acts will she be allowed to quit the Royal School of Ladylike Manners and enroll in Knight School. Thus begins her journey to foreign lands where she tries to learn to be selfless and kind, and discovers how a delicious grilled cheese can save your life.

Is it any good?

Any fans of funny stories about friendship, adventure, and turning stereotypes upside down will enjoy these books. The Princess Pulverizer series takes standard fairy tales about meek princesses and brave knights, swaps roles, adds dragons, and sprinkles it with bodily functions and hilarious writing.

With paragraphs full of action and words that will stretch the vocabulary of young readers, author Nancy Krulik doesn’t forget to write the way kids think -- a true gift to any reader.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Princess Pulverizer learns to be kind without being a pushover. Her princess training taught her she should be quiet and accommodating, but her independent spirit tells her otherwise. Is it hard to fight for what you believe in while still being kind to others?

  • Princess Pulverizer doesn’t feel like she fits in with the curtsies and ballroom dancing, but most people expect her just go along with it, to do her duty. Have you ever felt like you don’t fit people’s expectations of you? How did you deal with that?

  • What other books about princesses and knights have you read?

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For kids who love strong princesses and adventure tales

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