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The Birthday Ball

by Lois Lowry

Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010

Ages: All ages

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

"Please don't be so vicious, Delicious" pleads Princess Patricia Priscilla to her cat when she is so terribly bored with her royal life. In this amusing novel, a perfect read-aloud for 8+ readers and adults, we see the princess change places with her chambermaid and attend the village school in disguise. The events humorously build up as she has to choose a suitor from an unsuitable group of young men for her 16th birthday ball. We delight in a surprising ending and the values and friendships between the characters this marvelous story holds for its readers. Not to forget the engaging pen and ink illustrations by Jules Feiffer that bring these characters to life.