Elements of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Princess and the Pea" are integrated here into an original story. After a shopkeeper partakes of the hospitality of Pea Castle, he picks a rose for his daughter. The beast asks the man to bring his daughter for a visit. In preparation, the beast places a pea under the mattress of the bed Beauty will sleep in. When she complains of the lump in the bed, the beast knows she is a princess. He asks her to kiss the top of his head. The witch's spell is broken and the prince appears. They serve pea cake at the wedding feast. The cartoonlike illustrations exaggerate the humorous aspects of the story. This distortion of two fairy tales may be confusing for the intended young audience. Children need a solid basis in traditional folk literature before being introduced to parodies. Mixing two tales together before youngsters are thoroughly familiar with the elements of each separately may prevent them from ever understanding the basic motifs and morals of either individual tale. This type of tinkering with fairy tales is more appropriate for middle school students than for beginning readers. Part of the "Tadpoles: Fairytale Jumbles" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.