The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger

The Princess and the Pit Stop

Once upon a time there was a Princess . . .. . . who made a pit stop.While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up!Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas!   Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise...

Details The Princess and the Pit Stop

TitleThe Princess and the Pit Stop
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Humor, Funny

Reviews The Princess and the Pit Stop

  • Hannah Greendale
    Who says race cars are for boys? The princess puts the petal to the metal in this colorful, fast-paced, comedic race to the finish line. The Princess and the Pit Stop features myriad characters from well-known fairy tales like the wolf & the three little pigs ("She blew the doors off the Big Bad Wolf and smoke the Three Little Pigs") and the gingerbread man ("She CAN catch me!").
  • Serenity
    Super cute picture book about a princess who refused to give up. The text is funny (a lot of puns related to nursery rhymes, I hope younger readers will get them all) and the illustrations are vibrant and attractive.
  • Mary Lee
    The best part (besides the classic Santat illustrations) are the verbs Angleberger uses as the Princess leaves all the fairytale characters in the dust.
  • Sandy
    You could really feel the energy inside this children’s book with its bright, bold illustrations and the words the author chose to include in this text. It’s a wonder that the Princess decided to continue with the race, after what her Fairy Godmother told when she made a pit stop. The Fairy Godmother informed the Princess that she only had one lap to go in the race but the real problem was, the Princess was already in last place before she st...
  • Kate
    The illustrations are vibrant and alive with movement and humor. The vocabulary to describe the princess passing her competitors is a lot of fun (blew the doors off the wolf, charged past the knight, honked at the golden goose). It gets a little old and the ending felt flat. She wins, gets photos taken, hosts a party and now there's a dance competition. As always, I peeked under the cover (or maybe I should say under the hood for this race book) ...
  • Megan Schmelzer
    Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzerwww.openbookreviews.orgNot all princesses wear ball gowns. Some wear jumpsuits and drive racecars!In The Princess and the Pit Stop, you will get a book that packs a fun twist to the typical fairy-tales that you are used too. Sure, you have your princess, but she is no damsel in distress!In this story, the princess is in a race where she has found herself in last place during the last turn around the track. But ...
  • Erin
    It bothered me more than I'd like to admit that the announcer and the narrator seem to be competing to tell the story. Are they the same person? The narrator speaks in regular text and the announcer speaks in excited loudspeaker speech bubbles, but both (for some awkward reason) are speaking in the past tense, even though don't announcers usually commentate in the present? This really threw off the story for me.Lovely illustrations, delightful bo...
  • Sheri
    A different story that the title suggests. Pit stops means something else to me when traveling with children but the story brings in all the fairy tale characters to a car race. The princess will not give up the race even when her team feels the race is lost. She has perseverance and attitude and is fun for children who want a story about car races and recognize the characters from fairy tales along the way.Beautiful big, colorful illustrations o...
  • Krysta
    A princess in a car race refuses to give up. The illustrations are overwhelming and the bulk of the test are clever ways to say how she passes/defeats each of the other fairy tale race car drivers. It doesn't feel very original or memorable. It's simply not enough to put a princess in a race car and say it's clever because "princesses don't typically drive race cars." A good story is required, too.
  • Jess
    August 2018 - an instant favorite for Ben! He loves matching up the cars on the endpapers with the characters in the story, plus the drama of the race, and he's already memorizing phrases like "blew the doors off the Big Bad Wolf." It's making me realize that he doesn't know/remember all the nursery rhyme characters, so we might need to dip back into Mother Goose, but he knows a lot of the fairy tale characters.
  • Jana
    This fun picture book will be great to share with kids that appreciate a good car racing story and kids who enjoy fractured fairy tales. The Princess in this story is determined to win the car race against an all-star line-up of famous fairy tale characters. Even though she's told by her fairy godmother at the pit stop that she doesn't have a chance because she's so far behind. She gives it everything she's got and I'm sure that young readers wil...
  • Diane
    “Once upon a time, there was a Princess who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place!”And the race is on! The race participants are a veritable “Who’s Who” of the fairy tale and nursery rhyme world. “She beat Jack and Jill down the hill ... and passed Little Jack Horner in the corner.”Great illustrations and fun text should make this a favorite with students.
  • Pam
    Santat's illustrations are bright and colorful to support the story line. The princess learns she's in last place in the final lap of the race when she makes her pit stop. She could have given up but decided to show determination and try to win the race. She passes all of the other fairy tale characters in the race and does win.The story line was weaker than I expected.
  • Lisa
    I thought that this was going to be another book about Pee and surprise it was not. This is a race!!. This has many of your favorite characters from many different fairy tales. The princess is in last place, is she going to win? This has great pictures, and a really fun story. Great for a storytime or a bedtime.
  • Amanda
    Don't forget to peek under the dust jacket! You jump right into the action with this funny and colorful take on a princess racing nursery/fairy tale characters. Great take on never giving up; even when the odds are totally against you. Strong action verbs, combined with Santat's flair for illustration make this a brilliant read.
  • Mely
    Uniquely inspired by classic fairy tales. This is a story about a princess determined to win a car race. Her opponents are none other than classic fairy tale characters. Cameos are made by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep and her sheep and many more. Such a great message behind it all.
  • Mikey Golczynski
    As much as I liked this story, I did walk away feeling a little disappointed. The illustrations are incredible, they feel alive! The motion is conveyed so effectively. There are some moments of clever wordplay/references to fairy tales such as "And she blows the doors off the big, bad wolf!". But the disappointment comes in because I wish there were more really good ones like that.
  • Margaret
    Here's the thing -- I didn't like this book because I just don't get cars. I really like this illustrator, and yet, all the cars looked the same (for the most part), and the way the characters were rendered didn't make me want to look at them. Why should I care about this car race? Does that matter? I'm not sure. This book just isn't a book for me, but it will deservedly appeal to others.
  • Misbah
    A princess (im guessing Cinderella) is in a car race against a whole bunch of other magical/fairytale creatures. At a pit stop her fairy godmother tells her she's in last place. Instead of giving up the princess races her best and wins.Very cute, loved the bright illustrations and all the fairytale cameos.
  • Polly
    Seems cute but kind of pointless. I'm all for princesses being race car drivers, don't get me wrong, but I guess I was expecting a point, or a snappy conclusion or something, and there doesn't seem to be one.
  • Kelly
    The story and the illustrations are both very good...colorful. But I feel like both were a bit overwhelming in areas. There is a lot going on in the illustrations, and the story races through a list of fairytale characters.All in all, it was a fun book.
  • Raven Black
    The use of the different fairy tale characters is clever, but overall it is Vanellope of Wreck it Ralph with every "twisted fairy tale pun" possible. Clever illustrations and great colors help this book to be a more fun read.
  • Tracy Morton
    This was a great book! It is a fractured fairytale. I loved that it touched on a crazy number of traditional fairytales. It would be interesting to read this story and then challenge the children to research some of the fairytales that are covered.
  • Kris Dersch
    Just delightful. The 4-year-old wanted it read over and over and I was happy to oblige. Play-by-play of this incredible race is done by, you guessed it, the frog prince. Such a fun story for young princes and princesses alike.
  • Anjanette
    Cute book about fairy tales
  • Becky
    Almost 4 stars. A really fun inclusion of a lot of fairy tales with our Princess being a little badass. Angleberger and Santat are a good team.
  • Lisa D
    Cute book! This will be a huge hit with kids! Another hit by these authors!
  • kim
    super cute, but overall fluffy
  • Lorie Barber
    Loved the female focus and the persistence when things get hard. Hilarious with incredible illustrations by Caldecott winner Santat.
  • MissJulia
    Colorful and fun! An awesome story for anyone to enjoy - but especially little girls who love fantasy AND fast cars!