Magic Pasta

Magical adventure about discovering friendship!

Gold Mom’s Choice Award
Runner Up New England Book Festival
Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention


Gold Mom’s Choice Award
Runner Up New England Book Festival
Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention

In a small Italian village in Italy lived a royal family, King and Queen Primavera, Prince Orzo, and Princess Penne. When Princess Penne grew tired of her royal toys, she discovered a little magic beneath her pasta bowl. Join this royal Italian family on a magical adventure that will last a lifetime.

What People Say

Magic Pasta is a fun story to read and listen to. The author turns a dinner into a magical kingdom which brings back fond memories of great family pasta dinners. –   Carrie Menas owner of Colasessanos Pizza Fairmont, WV

This story left me with a smile because I realized there is a little bit of Princess Penne in all of us. At times we get lonely looking for a friend and “Poof” there’s that friend as close as our pasta bowl. — Marisa Minard – Minards Spaghetti Inn, family-owned in Clarksburg, W.V.

Magic Pasta is a charming little story with equal parts pathos and Parmesan. —        Andrew Cotto, award-winning author and editor-in-chief of Appetito Magazine

Princess Penne and her bowl of magic pasta are sure to fill up the imagination of any tiny pasta eater. This book is a perfect addition to your child’s collection. – Nick DeMedici,  Nonna Carlo Italian Deli and Imports

This Italo-Centric story progresses in a rapid yet thoughtful process. Children can identify with Princess Penne as she seeks and considers several angles before deciding on the most beneficial solution for her situation. —Catena Spiritosanta, OSDIA National Trustee for PA.


Diana Pishner Walker





Other Details

Illustrated by Brian Dumm




8.5 x 8.5

Year Published


1 review for Magic Pasta

  1. Shawna L. Thompson for Readers’ Favorite

    Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a majestic kingdom ruled by King Primavera and Queen Primavera. The royal couple was blessed with two children, Prince Orzo and Princess Penne. This enchanting book, Magic Pasta by Diana Pishner Walker, is a delightful story for children that teaches them about the importance of kindness, friendship, and love. Princess Penne was feeling lonely and bored, wishing for a friend while believing that her pasta bowl was magical. However, she soon discovered that a mystical fairy was responsible for all the magic. After making some wishes, Princess Penne realizes she should be careful what she wishes for, as she might not get exactly what she wants.

    Magic Pasta is a captivating story with vibrant illustrations by Brian Dumm that bring each page to life. The colors are bright and cheerful, and the characters are friendly and kind, making it a treat for both the eyes and the mind. The educational value of this book sets it apart. Diana Pishner Walker includes a recipe page for parents and children to make a pink pasta salad and a “Know Your Types of Pasta” page. These unique features make the book more engaging and provide a fun and interactive way for children to learn. Parents will love the themes of friendship, kindness, and family, making it a perfect bedtime story or addition to a classroom library. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it for children aged four through eight.

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About the Author

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Diana Pishner Walker was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, WV and graduated in 1977. She attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV and was a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School. Currently, Diana is part of the Headline Kids School Show program and visits schools, libraries, and speaks to groups across the United States.

Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her husband Mark. They have three children: Curt (son) and wife Allyson, Chris (son) and wife Ashley, Courtney (daughter) and husband Phil, three grandsons, Ashton Louis, Austin Maddox, and Ace Ervin

Diana’s Italian roots run deep. Her maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Italy. Her paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy.

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