Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Nancy Krulik
Illustrator: Ben Balistreri
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Princess Serena is a girl who hates being a princess, so much so that she changes her name to Princess Pulverizer. She despises her dance classes, tea parties, and manners lessons. Instead, she wants to horseback ride and learn how to duel with swords like the knights of the kingdom. The princess pleads with her father to let her join the knights and he agrees, but Princess Pulverizer must do eight kind deeds first. During her quest, she meets Lucas, a knight that was kicked out of knight school, and his friendly dragon named Dribble. They work together to escape the danger of a disgusting ogre and help others in the process.
Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons modernizes the classical princess story and breaks stereotypes. It shows others how it is okay to be a princess who likes tea parties and dance lessons OR one that wants to wear chain metal and get dirty. The main character is dynamic and funny, yet is also brash and needs to learn humility in order to understand her mistakes. There are pictures throughout which aid in comprehension and shorter chapters for those new to reading chapter books. This story is also suitable for readers who would not be interested in fairy tales or princess books at all. There is humor and a variety of conflicts, which keep the reader engaged. Children will be excited to read the second book in the series and find out how the story continues to unfold.