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 escapes he
  • Title: The Birthday Ball
  • Author: Lois Lowry Jules Feiffer
  • ISBN: 9780547238692
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 DPrincess 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 suitors, lovable peasants, and the clueless king and queen collide at the ball, where Princess Patricia Priscilla calls the shots What began as a cure for boredom becomes a chance for Princess Patricia Priscilla to break the rules and marry the man she loves.
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  • Lois Lowry Jules Feiffer

    Taken from Lowry s website I ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother gentle, family oriented, eager to please Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car That left me in between, and exactly where I wanted most to be on my own I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.Because my father was a career military officer an Army dentist I lived all over the world I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother s hometown Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college Brown University in Rhode Island , my family was living in Washington, D.C.I married young I had just turned nineteen just finished my sopho year in college when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires California Connecticut a daughter born there Florida a son South Carolina Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School another daughter another son and then to Maine by now with four children under the age of five in tow My children grew up in Maine So did I I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old it was built in 1768 farmhouse on top of a hill In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and readMy books have varied in content and style Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme the importance of human connections A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.The Giver and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy Messenger take place against the background of very different cultures and times Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.I am a grandmother now For my own grandchildren and for all those of their generation I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring , and doing , for one another.

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  • 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 for [...]


  • 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 than adequately entertaining And, while the ending was certainly not in question, the exact means of ge [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 of something [...]


  • 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 assumptions about th [...]


  • 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 suitors, lovable [...]


  • 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 that she has a passion for le [...]


  • 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 inje [...]


  • 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 next gal, but you [...]


  • 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 gross5 Just a [...]


  • 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 traditional princess tales being a bit disenchanted with this quirky story Quasi recommended.


  • 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.




  • 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 before With [...]


  • 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, sh [...]


  • 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 attenti [...]


  • 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 Rafe who i [...]


  • 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.


  • 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.



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


  • 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.


  • 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 Having entertained ideas [...]


  • 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, her [...]



  • Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer Jordan B NielsenRecommended For Girls, ages seven and up This book is smarter and 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 less than a confec [...]


  • 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 GreenBeanTeenQu [...]


  • 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 character [...]


  • 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 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 like mirr [...]


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