The Pickle-Chiffon Pie Olympics

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Publishers Weekly
Nearly 50 years after the publication of Pickle-Chiffon Pie, Bradfield returns with a boisterous sequel. After graduating from Princess College, Sierra declares that she wants to marry Prince Charminger, but the king decides that his daughter "can do much better than that." He announces a contest (named for the queen's famous pie), the winner of which will earn Sierra's hand. Incensed, the princess storms off to stay with her aunt. Bradfield's sense of humor is on full display in the raucous (if long-winded) descriptions of the competition: a horseshoe toss is "made more difficult by the fact that the shoes were still attached to the horse," and a bicycle race is "made harder by the fact that bicycles hadn't been invented yet." At their best, Bradfield's loose, playfully exaggerated pictures are suggestive of Quentin Blake's cartoons; the lack of color on some spreads, while intentional, nonetheless makes some scenes appear unfinished. A punchy finale upends, somewhat, the fairly conventional characterizations of a temper-prone father, marriage-obsessed daughter, and a wife who spends her time baking. Ages 3–8. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this sequel to Bradfield's fanciful Pickle-Chiffon Pie (Rand McNally, 1967), Princess Sierra returns home from Princess College with designs to marry cute Prince Charminger. Thinking that curly hair and dimples are no basis for choosing a husband, her father decides to hold the Pickle-Chiffon Pie Olympics. Whoever emerges as the winner of the 10-day athletic competition will marry his daughter. Vowing to drown herself in the moat if she is not allowed to marry the man of her choice, Sierra storms off to stay with Aunt Venetia. Meanwhile, several eligible men, including mean Baron Brotwurst, brawny Peter Picklepicker, and a mysterious knight in black armor, compete in events such as the horseshoe toss (with the horse still attached), the giant climb, the 10-mile bicycle race (minus the bicycles, which have not yet been invented), and, of course, the discus-throw, using pickle-chiffon pies. Bradfield's outlandish story moves along at a brisk pace until the strong-willed princess eventually gets her way. Bright, splotchy pen-and-ink drawings follow the lighthearted story, although the occasional absence of color in some illustrations is somewhat puzzling. Overall, a fun additional purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this sequel to Bradfield's fanciful Pickle-Chiffon Pie (Rand McNally, 1967), Princess Sierra returns home from Princess College with designs to marry cute Prince Charminger. Thinking that curly hair and dimples are no basis for choosing a husband, her father decides to hold the Pickle-Chiffon Pie Olympics. Whoever emerges as the winner of the 10-day athletic competition will marry his daughter. Vowing to drown herself in the moat if she is not allowed to marry the man of her choice, Sierra storms off to stay with Aunt Venetia. Meanwhile, several eligible men, including mean Baron Brotwurst, brawny Peter Picklepicker, and a mysterious knight in black armor, compete in events such as the horseshoe toss (with the horse still attached), the giant climb, the 10-mile bicycle race (minus the bicycles, which have not yet been invented), and, of course, the discus-throw, using pickle-chiffon pies. Bradfield's outlandish story moves along at a brisk pace until the strong-willed princess eventually gets her way. Bright, splotchy pen-and-ink drawings follow the lighthearted story, although the occasional absence of color in some illustrations is somewhat puzzling. Overall, a fun additional purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930900523
  • Publisher: Purple House Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 312,972
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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