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The Birthday Ball

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry is a lighthearted fairy tale, de

    The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry is a lighthearted fairy tale, designed for pure entertainment. About to turn sixteen, Princess Patricia Priscilla must select a husband from the most dreadful assembly of suitors. The princess disguises herself as a peasant girl named “Pat” (because all peasants must have short names) and attends several days of school in the village. With her goes her cat named Delicious, who is always vicious, malicious, avaricious, suspicious, or at the very least in need of something nutritious. The princess’s options expand when she persuades her royal parents to invite all of the villagers to her birthday ball.

    Lowry fills each page with funny plays on words, puns, and alliteration. One suitor, Duke Desmond of Dyspepsia, has a warthog-like countenance that only an orphan could love. Black of heart and attire, Prince Percival of Pustula believes he and Princess Patricia Priscilla would make a perfect pair, but each time the prince pronounces the letter p, a glob of saliva accompanies the sound. The third suitor is a pair of Siamese twins, the coarse and crude Counts Colin and Cuthbert of Coagulatia.

    Jules Feiffer’s whimsical pen and ink illustrations suit the story perfectly. Although the amusing farce bears no resemblance to Lowry’s Newbery-Award-winning books The Giver and Number the Stars, her dedication to diversion is consistently clever and often hilarious. Even so, Lowry spins several genuine teenage issues into her yarn for her regal protagonist to address. The bored princess seeks adventure and gains an entirely new perspective on herself and the people in her Domain when she temporarily trades her silk gown for a plain brown dress. Those who are simply not in the mood for fun would do well to pass on this charming novel. Everyone else, enjoy!

    Laurie A. Gray
    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XIV, No. 5, October 2010); used with permission.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

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    It is good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Nice

    This book is intereting and humorous. It is also kind of confusing because it has lots of things going on but so far good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    The rest are private rooms

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Not Recommended

    Terrible Plot

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    Posted January 30, 2012

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