Inspired by his grandmother's stories of heroes and fairytales, Ganny, his brother, and his friend go on a search for their own princesses. While the other two end up with the objects of their affection, Ganny isn't so lucky. All he finds is a giant cockroach on a baseball he's thrown through a butcher's window, but little does he know that magic can unfold from the dreariest things. Narrator Brittany Pressley's performance of this quirky story set in 1950s Philadelphia is earnest and full of distinct characters. Pressley handles the story's fantastical elements with a light touch, always keeping the focus on Ganny's journey to becoming the hero he hopes to be.
Philadelphia, 1950's: a boy, a baseball, a cockroach. Unlikely place. Unlikely characters. Unlikely love story.
I grew up with tales of Old World magic. Fairy tales, ghost stories, legends of great Slavic heroes like Kralyevich Marko and his marvelous horse, Sharats. Living in the USA, I wondered where the magic went and if maybe just a little of it might have crossed the ocean from the Motherland.
A Princess of Passyunk is my answer.... Okay, so my hero doesn't ride a magical horse - but he has a magic baseball. And he's not a prince...exactly - but he does fall in love with a Princess...sort of. And he doesn't slay magical beasts - but he does battle an angry Sausage King and a scheming Crone in order to complete a magical quest...in a manner of speaking.
Well, I guess you'll just have to read it. Then I hope you'll believe that there's New World magic, too. - Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff