Princess Pigsty

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The fourth picture book by literary sensation Funke and celebrated illustrator Meyer; a modern-day, girl-powered, fairy-tale-in-reverse!

One morning Princess Isabella throws her crown out the window--it's BORING being a princess, she declares. When she steadfastly refuses to fetch her crown from the fishpond, her father, the king, puts his royal foot down. "Off to the pigsty with you!" he commands--and Isabella couldn't be happier about her punishment! Because while plain old ...

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Overview

The fourth picture book by literary sensation Funke and celebrated illustrator Meyer; a modern-day, girl-powered, fairy-tale-in-reverse!

One morning Princess Isabella throws her crown out the window--it's BORING being a princess, she declares. When she steadfastly refuses to fetch her crown from the fishpond, her father, the king, puts his royal foot down. "Off to the pigsty with you!" he commands--and Isabella couldn't be happier about her punishment! Because while plain old princesses spend all their time primping and smiling and stifling yawns--yuckety-yuk!-- REAL girls get to peel onions, pick blackberries, and sometimes even sleep outside with the pigs.

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Publishers Weekly
As they did in The Princess Knight, Funke and Meyer once again skewer the princess stereotype. While Isabella leads a pampered life that others can only dream of-waited on hand and foot, with someone to blow her nose for her and curl her hair-it's the royal gal's worst nightmare. "I am tired of being a princess! It's boring, boring, boring!" she bemoans one day. Servants drawn with eyes and mouths clamped tightly shut further underscore a life of repetition and conformity. Funke portrays her heroine with a fiercely independent streak, in direct contrast to Isabella's two older sisters, who are horrified when she tosses her crown into the goldfish pond. Even the king's entrance does not dissuade Isabella from her wish to try out ordinary things. Much to readers' amusement, the monarch's various punishments in the kitchen or pigsty only strengthen her desire (after her banishment to the kitchen for three days, Isabella asks her exasperated father, "Did you know that cream is made from milk?"). The king, however, appreciates his daughter's spunk: a pleasing parting image depicts father and daughter leaving the pigsty, hand in hand, bound for the castle with a new mutual respect. This charming feminist fairytale illustrates that happily-ever-after can mean different things to different people. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Bored from being waited on by footmen and ladies-in-waiting and not being allowed to climb trees or have fun, Isabella, the youngest of three princesses, tosses her crown into the goldfish pond. When Isabella refuses to retrieve her crown, her father the king sends her to the kitchen to peel the potatoes and polish the pans. When she still refuses to get her crown, he sends her to the pigsty. Isabella, however, is happy and she is learning many new things. When her father realizes this, he and Isabella come to an agreement. Funke's droll story is amusingly illustrated. Meyer's marvelous use of line gives just the right amount of exaggeration to the pictures. From prim, pampered princesses to the literary pigs in their sty, readers will find something to chuckle about. Funke has a good message here: it is okay to be a princess if that is what you want to be, but for real fun get out and learn and do things yourself.
Kirkus Reviews
This author/illustrator team once again embarks upon a tale of an obstreperous princess. Life is boring for Princess Isabella. She's tired of fancy dresses, having someone else blow her nose and smiling for hours on end. Enough-she chucks her crown out the window where it lands in the fishpond. When she refuses to retrieve it, her father the King punishes her by sending her to the pigsty. Surprise! Isabella is happy as, well, "a pig in mud!" She scratches the pigs' bristly hides, feeds them and cleans out the sty. The backfire works; the King caves, fishes out her crown and consents to letting her do as she wishes. Sketchy cartoon illustrations ham up the humor, and kids will be rooting for the princess. Occasionally, bold type helps to emphasize words and bring the text to life: "crumbs, scratch, boring, yuckety yuck, pigsty," and, of course, "stink" stand out on the page. A plucky princess in yucky muck is good and dirty fun. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439885546
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.74 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke is Germany's bestselling children's author after J. K. Rowling and R. L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English-language market with the release of the New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord. She is also the author of an acclaimed YA fantasy trilogy that includes Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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