Princess Paulina needs a job. Ever since her father retired from his throne to become a carpenter, Paulina has had no use for her princess skills. When she hears that Prince Drupert, the sorry-looking son of overbearing Queen Zelda, is looking for a princess to marry, Paulina can't pass up the opportunity to put her princessing skills into practice. She passes the mattress and the pea and the glass slipper contests. But when she's faced with the task of cooking a feast fit for a prince, she fears that not even her royal lineage can save her. This is a lighthearted look at the pros and cons of princessing as a career choice. A royal case of the giggles.
I use The Princess and the Pizza as part of a unit on "fractured fairy tales." Students enjoy hearing about the other related tales as they crop up in this book. Students love taking on different roles, and the costumes and scenery that accompany it.