The Birthday Ball

The Birthday Ball Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen she adopts a p

  • Title: The Birthday Ball
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • ISBN: 9780547488240
  • Page: 323
  • Format: ebook
  • Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she adopts a peasant disguise and escapes her fate for a week In this tale of mistaken identity, creamed pigeons, and young love, the two time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry compares princPrincess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she adopts a peasant disguise and escapes her fate for a week In this tale of mistaken identity, creamed pigeons, and young love, the two time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry compares princesses to peasants and finds them to be exactly the same in all the important ways.
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    • Kathryn says:

      Princess Patricia Priscilla is BORED! It's hard to decide which is worse, having so very little to do at present or knowing that in just a few days her 16th birthday will arrive, bringing with it the Birthday Ball and her suitors, a change but not exactly a welcome one. The princess decides to borrow her maid's clothing and escape into the peasant world for a little while to attend class at the school house for a few days. There, she meets the kindly (no matter how stern he tries to make himself [...]

    • Lisa Vegan says:

      I’ve enjoyed many of Lois Lowry's books and have been enchanted by Jules Feiffer's drawings, so these two pairing up was exciting for me; I was eagerly anticipating this book. Lowry is so eclectic in the types of books she writes.So, I found this young reader novel length fairy tale to be amusing and sweet and although not a very original story, it had some unique touches. It was predictable but more than adequately entertaining. And, while the ending was certainly not in question, the exact m [...]

    • Catherine says:

      There are things about this book that cute and fun, but I found it insensitive to those suffering hearing loss. It also paints a bad picture of conjoined twins. I found some of the body (balls) humor tiring as well. The pictures are fun, but overall, I don't recommend this book.

    • Laurie Gray says:

      The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry is a lighthearted fairy tale, designed for pure entertainment. About to turn sixteen, Princess Patricia Priscilla must select a husband from the most dreadful assembly of suitors. The princess disguises herself as a peasant girl named “Pat” (because all peasants must have short names) and attends several days of school in the village. With her goes her cat named Delicious, who is always vicious, malicious, avaricious, suspicious, or at the very least in need o [...]

    • Amanda Valentine says:

      The Birthday Ball is a cute farce of a fairy tale, with sketches by Jules Feiffer (you may recognize his distinctive style from The Phantom Tollbooth) throughout. It’s patently ridiculous, with exaggerated characters—there’s no attempt at realism. Although in most ways it’s a fairly standard princess-story setting, there are throw away lines about spandex and plastic, and the names of all the kingdoms are based on unpleasant medical conditions, so you can’t even quite make solid assump [...]

    • Ardea Smith says:

      Title / Author / Publication Date: The Birthday Ball/Lois Lowry/2010Genre: FictionFormat: HardcoverPlot summary: Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate—for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, "Pat” and attracts friends and the attention of the handsome schoolmaster. Disgusting [...]

    • Arminzerella says:

      Princess Patricia Priscilla is about to turn 16 and have her birthday ball – the one where she must choose a suitor. She’s trying not to think too much about this, but there’s little else for a princess (in her kingdom, anyway) to do. After talking to her maid, the princess decides to sneak out of the castle and attend classes at the villagers’ school – impersonating an impoverished peasant girl. She introduces herself to the rather handsome teacher as “Pat,” and soon discovers tha [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      I was really disappointed by this book. Lois Lowry is such a great author, but this book was a jumbled mess. The story had such great potential and may have been much better had it been fleshed out instead of these few pages. I think she may have been going for a Miyazaki approach to character and plot development, but it just didn't work. There was only one character who I was emotionally invested in and she was a minor minor character. Also, I don't understand why some authors feel the need to [...]

    • Marjorie Ingall says:

      Meh. Am I holding this to too high a standard because it's Lois Lowry? Probably. LOIS LOWRY, people! The Giver and Number the Stars are BOTH on my "10 best middle grade novels of all time" list! So I am sad to report that I found The Birthday Ball formulaic and tired -- perfectly pleasant, utterly forgettable. Lowry had to be sleepwalking (sleepwriting?). Nothing feels new or witty (though there are some scatological jokes my kids found high-lariousd I love a good testicles joke as much as the n [...]

    • Destinee Sutton says:

      Obviously, I'm going to like this. It's a fun, funny, totally enjoyable, quick-read about a princess who sneaks out of her castle to go to school, invites all the peasants to her birthday ball, and finds a way to get out of marrying one of three (or four, technically) nasty (really gross-nasty) suitors. My favorite parts: 1. So many things rhyme with delicious!2. The norphan3. The disgusting Duke of Dyspepsia, Prince of Pustula, and Conjoint Counts4. An overall satisfying mixture of cute and gro [...]

    • Lauren says:

      This cute, if disjointed, story tells of the days leading up to Princess Patricia Priscilla’s 16th birthday (and the accompanying birthday ball). Girls who like princesses (and have an odd sense of humor) will likely enjoy this, though I could see some girls who prefer more traditional princess tales being a bit disenchanted with this quirky story. Quasi-recommended.

    • Lisa says:

      Lois Lowry must have had a "ball" writing this light, charming story. Her word play makes it especially delightful. The many rhymes Princess Patricia Priscilla makes when addressing her cat Delicious (".itious, Delicious," "rreptitious, Delicious," "licious, Delicious") add an extra layer of fun.

    • Janssen says:

      Cute, but I'd hoped for a little more.

    • Sophia says:

      aww used to love this book! read it in 2nd or third grade!

    • Amy Trimble says:

      The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry is a cute fairytale. Published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children in 2010. Princess Patricia Priscilla’s 16th birthday is about to arrive at which she has to choose a suitor to marry. But the princess is bored and decides to disguise herself as a peasant, by the name of Pat, who attends village school for a week. She loves being at school because she’s not thinking about the ball and is learning many new things that she didn’t know b [...]

    • Robyn Carroll says:

      Princess Patricia Priscilla has become bored of her royal life because all that is going on in her life is everyone getting ready for her birthday ball. The birthday ball is where the princess has to chose a suitor to marry and have kids with. She doesn't want to think about the ball so, she disguises herself as a peasant girl and starts school with the other peasants. She loves being at school because she gets to learn so many different things that she didn't know before. As the ball approaches [...]

    • Emma says:

      This is a great transitional book for young girls. It's funny, witty, and easily relatable to young girls who need a transitional book from picture books to novels. Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, "Pat," and attracts friends and the a [...]

    • Brandon Scarpaci says:

      My first comment is that this is a cute book. Even though it isn’t the type of story that I would normally read it was still interesting. The main character in this story is Princess Patricia Priscilla, and she is very excited for her 16th birthday. During this birthday ball the princess is supposed to get married, but every guy she meets are disgusting in their own ways. Patricia decides to take an adventure into the town disguised as a commoner. On her way, she meets a schoolmaster named Raf [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      Quick, silly, sweet little book. So different from the tone and voice of other Lois Lowry books I've read. It reminded me a little of Roald Dahl's writing. Some very clever word play, and great language in the book, and then rhere was some potty humor that wasn't my cup of tea, but middle schoolers would probably think is funny.

    • Benjamin Bookman says:

      Cute, fun, modern yet old-timey (its a princess story but the girl gets to think for herself). A little bit too predictable for my taste, but the foreshadowing/predictions aspect would probably be great for the right audience/age. Totally worth the 45 minutes to read today.

    • Robyn says:

      A cute read, though a little predictable -- frankly, I expect more from this author.

    • Hannah Carlin says:

      I only listened to half of this, but the half I listened to was delightful. Hannah loved the whole thing.

    • Liz Michaels says:

      A delightful light-hearted book with silly characters and story line. If you need a quick read to brighten your day, this is the book to read.

    • Shel says:

      Lowry, L. (2010). The Birthday Ball. New York: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.186 pages.I first heard about this book through some positive reviews from some teachers that I knew. But the thing was, all the teachers would say was, "The Birthday Ball is fun!" or "The Birthday Ball is cute!" And that's it. All of them. Only those words. They wouldn't even describe the plot of the book. Just say that it was cute.I started to think it was some kind of conspiracy. Why wouldn't anyone say more?Ha [...]

    • Josiah says:

      This is a refreshing, well-told story, and I would definitely give it two and a half stars. I considered for a while rounding that rating up to three stars, in fact. With The Birthday Ball, I find myself impressed once again by the diversity of Lois Lowry's writing talent. She is equally at home penning tales of zany buffoonery or deeply wrenching pathos, in books as totally opposite in style as The Birthday Ball and Number the Stars. Despite the fact that she has been writing for many decades, [...]

    • Emory says:

      this was an okay book could have been more exciting

    • The Rusty Key says:

      Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. NielsenRecommended For: Girls, ages seven and up. This book is smarter and more substantial than you might initially think based on the cover, so if you’re looking for straight fluff, look elsewhere.One Word Summary: Expert. At an event at Books of Wonder in New York City, Lois Lowry said that in writing The Birthday Ball she was just looking to have a little fun. Fun she had indeed, but make no mistake, this not a syrupy work of triviality: it’s no le [...]

    • Sarah BT says:

      About the Book: It's almost the day of Princess Patricia Priscilla's sixteenth birthday ball-the day the Princess will be asked to choose a suitor. But the princess is bored. So she decides to disguise herself as a peasant and go to school for the week. Princess Patricia Priscilla loves school and she's not looking forward to her birthday ball-especially when she finds out who the suitors will be! Will Princess Patricia Priscilla find a way to end her boredom and marry a man she loves?GreenBeanT [...]

    • Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm) says:

      Let me preface this post by first saying that there are elementary books, and there are elementary books. Bookworm…what the heck does that even mean? Well, I shall explain. There are books that belong in the same section meant for kids of elementary grade school- in my favorite local library it is called Juvenile Fiction. However, there are two kinds of books on these shelves. There are books like Joseph Delaney’s Spook series which are targeted toward that age group but still have developed [...]

    • Erica says:

      Book Talk: Princess Patricia Priscilla is not looking forward to her sixteenth birthday ball. At it she will have to decide who to marry and each of her suitors is more repulsive than the next: Duke Desmond of Dyspepsia who is as ugly and irritable as a warthog and forbids all mirrors in his kingdom, Prince Percival of Pustula who has altogether too many mirrors and a heart as black as his oily hair, and the Conjoint Counts Colin and Cuthbert who never have enough time to care about something li [...]

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