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Beautiful Book, shame about the printing...
on 13 September 2010
The story of the Princess in the Pea retold with Lauren Child's trademark quirky use of idiomatic language. Using real dolls' house furniture and cut-outs for her characters, Child recreates the classic story with a few modern twists in the tale.
This is an imaginative book by a very talented writer / illustrator, there is no doubting that ... so why the 3 stars? I have to say the reproduction of the photos is so gloomy on some pages, (not just in the darker forest scenes) that it spoils what could have been a truly magical picture book. (For instance, on same pages the characters fade into the background, but it looks as if their clothes should have been brightly coloured).
That aside: I bought this for my daughter two years ago for her 5th birthday, but I would say she is getting more from it now she is approaching 7, for two reasons. 1) Being an 'updating' of the classic story, I'd recommend your child get to know the classic story well first and 2) the idioms / jokes do need some explaining - they may be lost on a younger child.
All in all, a lovely book which has lost its va-va voom because of the printing quality.