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A brilliantly funny and inventive picture book
on 5 October 2007
This is a cracking good book, funny, different and bold so it stands out brilliantly from the many soft and gentle animal books which litter the children's sections of bookshops and libraries. The traditional story of the Princess and the Pea (and if you don't have a good version, stick Lauren Child's The Princess and the Pea in your basket too) is told from the point of view of the pea. He's a palace pea that almost became part of a Recipe but was plucked just in time, by the queen, destined for greater things. And so the pea was placed under twenty mattresses as the test for a Real Princess. But months passed and the pea decides to hurry things along a little. It's a brilliant idea, and beautifully executed: well written and great pictures. My children (3, 5, & 7, of whom two are boys) think it is very funny indeed. The illustrations are quirky, and fun, containing a variety of interesting and amusing things that appeal across the age range, for example the pile of twenty mattresses looks like the most enormous about-to-topple sandwich or an overloaded burger bun. I love the other foody touches throughout too like vegetable wall-paper and the Queen's pea eyes and necklace. Worth every sparkle of a 5-star rating. It's wonderful.