Growing Reader

Bookshelf Must-Have:
Princess Pulverizer

by the Brightly Editors

A great chapter book, with a captivating story and compelling characters, is reading gold. There’s nothing better than seeing a growing reader get hooked on a new book and want to keep reading, and reading, and reading. Our latest Bookshelf Must-Have pick is just that kind of chapter book. Fast-paced, fun, and filled with offbeat but lovable characters, it has all the ingredients of a kid-pleaser. Parents will appreciate its themes of doing good, being true to yourself, and realizing there’s always room to grow.

  • Why You'll Want: Princess Pulverizer

  • Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons

    by Nancy Krulik, illustrated by Ben Balistreri

    Princess Serena of Empiria — or Princess Pulverizer as she prefers to be called — is not your average princess. She has no interest in tea party training or ballroom dancing lessons. In fact, she has no interest in being a princess at all. She wants to be a knight. But, as her father tells her, being a knight is not as easy as simply donning a suit of armor and a sword. Being a knight takes training, courage, and honor. To prove to her father she has what it takes to go to Knight School, Princess Pulverizer will have to set out on a Quest of Kindness, performing eight good deeds along the way. And so begins this funny, charming, entertaining adventure starring a plucky and not-quite-perfect heroine and the memorable characters she meets along the way. A just-right read for kids getting going with chapter books from a master of the genre, Nancy Krulik, this fantastic start to the new and promising series will have growing readers turning pages lightning fast, excited to move on to the next installment.