The Birthday Ball
By Lois Lowry
Illustrated by Jules Feiffer
You will have a BALL reading this...
This review is from: The Birthday Ball (Hardcover)This is NOT the Lois Lowry of The Giver!!! In this light hearted romp, Lowry gives a modern twist to the classic role reversal fairy tales. Though the lessons learned are just as deep as any presented in The Giver, she gets you there in a laugh-out-loud story of self discovery.
With her sixteen birthday quickly approaching the beautiful and bored Princess Patricia Priscilla is lamenting her lot in life. Faced with a big decision...on her sixteenth she must choose a husband...the Princess changes places with her Chamber Maid.
The Princess learns to appreciate what she has, loses her heart to her people, finds love and learns to think for herself.
Lowry paints her characters vividly and children will be enchanted and laugh aloud at the disgusting line up of suitors. The great line drawings of the amazing Jules Feiffer bring these crazy characters to life!
In the Lowry tradition, The Birthday Ball is aimed at the Middle Grade/Tween Reader but would be a howling good "read aloud" with your older Elementary School children. Don't let the pretty princess cover dictate gender - this one is an energetic party that both boys and girls will be happy to attend.