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The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be Paperback – October 11, 2011
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Grey's bright, whimsical illustrations will help distract readers from the text's choppy timeline and odd capitalization, and observant young viewers will spot early on a key player in the finale. Note: While the story may give kids a new respect for vegetables, we can't promise that means they'll start eating them. (Ages 4 to 8) --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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Her books include Egg Drop, The Pea and the Princess (shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), Biscuit Bear (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award), Traction Man is Here (winner of the Boston Horn Book Award and shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award and winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), and Traction Man meets Turbodog. Mini Grey is one of the Big Picture's ten Best New Illustrators.
Top Customer Reviews
The storyline is clever: the tale of the princess and the pea, as told from the pea's perspective. We learn about a prince who just can't seem to find the right princess (even when threatened with having his allowance withheld), the very polite princesses who sleep like babies on the multiple-mattressed bed, the pea's resolution to "do something!" and what comes of it.
The charming illustrations add to the attraction: vegetables of various sorts adorn the walls; even the queen's eyes are made of peas; and the front and back inside covers detail the "before" and "after" scenes in the palace garden.
While my daughter enjoys this book at age 2, I know that older children would be delighted, as well. A beginning reader could probably master the text after a few times through with help; in addition, the notion of telling a fairy tale from the perspective of some lesser character is one which could be used as a creative writing exercise in the early grades.
As for me, I will be on the lookout for more gems from Mini Grey!
This is the well known story of the Princess and the Pea, but narrated now by the never-before-heard-from Pea. This super special veggie was born in the Palace Garden, where she was privy to hearing all the palace secrets. While the pea is growing on her vine, the Queen is nagging her son the Prince to find a bride and settle down. She gives him one year to complete his task, or his allowance will be revoked. Her threat is quite motivating and the Prince enters the dating pool.
None of the girls he meets are quite right. Too loud, too scruffy, too sleepy, too scary, too tidy, too pink, or too grumpy. The Queen has had it. She stalks into the kitchen, snatches a pea from a bowl and announces the prince will marry the first girl who can feel the tiny vegetable as she sleeps. And that is how the pea spends the next few months crammed under a pile of twenty mattresses and feather beds and a princess. Although the princesses might find the set-up extremely odd, they would never admit that to the Queen.
One night, the gardener who raised the Pea finds herself trying to sleep-balance on the towering stack. The Pea keeps her up all night, making the bed as uncomfortable as possible. Upon hearing of her restless night, the Queen declares the gardener to be the perfect bride (even if she does wear overalls to her wedding) thanks to the little pea.Read more ›
A lovely tale for male or females, this book has enchanting illustration that draw the reader in to the plight of the pea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A funny take on an old fairy tale. Loved that the narrator was the pea himself! The illustrations were beautiful.Published 22 days ago by Strongman
My grandchildren really appreciated having this read to them along with the traditional princess and the pea book. They especially enjoyed the illustrationsPublished 8 months ago by Rosanne Harpe
Such a creative take on The Princess and the Pea story.... I love it!Published 9 months ago by Pam Kirkpatrick
I have been collecting fairy tale spoofs for years and when I saw this book I just had to have it.Published 24 months ago by Roxane Lynch
I absolutely loved this book and read it over and over as requested! It is entertaining to adults and children alike and gladly known as a "repeat offender" in our... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by L. Mullins
A different take on the traditional princess story, although it still raises questions about why the "princess" would want to marry a lazy prince.Published on January 14, 2014 by Eric Hines
Bought for my three year old niece, she didn't quite get it. Maybe in a few years. Good illustrations. Liked falling for Rapunzel much more! Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Donna