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The Princess and the Pizza (Holiday House, 2003)

Warning: This is not your typical “princess” story! Princess Paulina’s father gave up his throne to become a wood-carver and the princess is struggling for a purpose in life. When she hears that Prince Drupert is seeking a wife, she finds herself in a competition to become his bride. Because the other princesses are more of the traditional princess, Princess Paulina realizes how ridiculous the competition is. After a cooking competition, she invents pizza. What’s a girl to do now? Well Paulina opens a successful pizza restaurant and tells Drupert to take a hike.

The Princess and the Pizza was written by American children’s author Mary Jane Auch and illustrated by her husband Herm Auch (as all of her books are).