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Princess Pru and the Ogre on the Hill

by (author) Maureen Fergus

illustrated by Danesh Mohiuddin

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
General, Friendship, Humorous Stories, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: 2 to 12


Shrek meets The Paper Bag Princess in this fearsomely funny story about a savvy princess who looks past appearances to befriend an ogre

Princess Pru’s life is practically perfect. She has two loving dads, an ostrich named Orville, and three royal tarantulas. But one day, a ghastly ogre with crusty toenails and goopy ears moves into the house on the hill. At first, Pru sees the ogre as a nuisance: he disrupts her royal rock band practices, weekly tickle tag games, and even the hide-and-seek tournament. But then she starts to wonder if the ogre is just lonely.

The unsympathetic townspeople become especially terrified when Oggy the ogre is spotted buying cupcakes and balloons. They receive ominous notes (that look very much like invitations), and the kings are convinced that Oggy wants to make everyone into a stew! But with courage and spunk, Pru heads to the house on the hill to meet Oggy—for a party! All along, Oggy just wanted to make friends—and thanks to Pru, he does.

Whimsical, hand-drawn illustrations and expressive characters perfectly capture this unconventional fairy tale about empathy, belonging, and daring not to follow the crowd.

About the authors


Maureen Fergus est auteure lauréate de plusieurs livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes, dont The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, Et si je ne veux pas? et les livres de la série Buddy and Earl. Elle vit à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.


Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.


Maureen Fergus' profile page

Although new to picture books, DANESH MOHIUDDIN has a long list of creative pursuits, including comic books, political cartooning, advertising campaigns, designing toys and games, and freelance illustrating for companies such as Scholastic and Kayak magazine. Danesh was born in India, grew up in Dubai, and has lived in Spain. He now makes his home in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and children.

Danesh Mohiuddin's profile page


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Nominated, Blue Spruce Award

Editorial Reviews

"The illustrations, full of color and detail, perfectly complement this story of friendship and acceptance."

Youth Services Book Review

"Young children can take a fun romp through fairytale land and learn more about empathy and accepting others in Princess Pru and the Ogre on the Hill ... The fun text and rich illustrations make it a solid pick for younger audiences."

Canadian Review of Materials

"A lighthearted reminder that first impressions, like appearances, can be deceiving."

Kirkus Reviews

"Accompanied with vibrant illustrations in a nostalgic comic-book style, Pru and the ogre's story is one of friendship, being kind to others, and staying open to meeting new people without making preconceived judgments."


"Fergus’s text balances gross-out humor and contemporary mores, while Mohiuddin’s comics-style artwork follows suit in portraying the racially diverse kingdom’s arc toward friendliness."

Publishers Weekly

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