Landry's (The Snow Ghosts) sprightly story introduces an imaginative-and clearly not ravenous-towheaded toddler whose mother drops a spoonful of peas on her high-chair tray. As the child watches the diminutive veggies roll, they sprout arms, legs and smiley faces and proceed to form a pyramid. A spotlight shines on a pea wearing a top hat, who presents "the amazing, stupendous Tender Tiny Peas!" Jumpin' Dave does a high dive into Ivy Louise's drinking cup, another pea with comically bulging arm muscles lifts a barbell and several others demonstrate pea-upon-pea balancing acts, performed by "those super-snappy, roly-poly acrobats." When the ringmaster announces the tiny beings' exit, guess who obliges? But contrary to some youngsters' expectation that she will actually swallow these affable entertainers, the gal finds another way to help them offstage. With well-balanced servings of minimal, snappy text and spare watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Landry serves up an appetizing sliver of a tale, which parents will hope does not plant ideas in youngsters' heads. Ages 2-6. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Although Ivy Louise is exhorted to eat her peas, she is too enthralled by the circus act going on across her tray to obey the commands. Bright illustrations in watercolor and pencil depict the action. The "Tender Tiny Peas" perform acrobatics, dive into her cup, lift weights, and squirt water. For their grand finale, Ivy Louise launches the peas right out the window and dinner is over. Mama and Papa fail to notice this incredible finale, although the illustration shows peas flying into the air and out an open window. Ivy Louise is one clever infant, and the story concludes with Mama and Papa informing Ivy Louise of the dinner menu for the next night, "Bananas!" Presumably, the reader is meant to wonder what Ivy Louise might get up to with her bananas. This story seems to be based more on the rhyming of "peas" and "Louise" than the plot, which is a bit thin. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Ivy Louise is busy with her dinner. On her high-chair tray are some Oatey-O's and a spoonful of peas. As she watches, the peas form a pyramid, and a small green ringmaster introduces "the amazing, stupendous Tender Tiny Peas!" The diminutive vegetables entertain the child with their circus act while her unseen parents encourage her to "eat your peas." Everything the performers need for their stunts is already on the tray: the cup for the high dive, the Oatey-O's for the weight lifter, and the blocks for the acrobats. All of this leads up to a death-defying, surprise ending. Landry's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are simple and uncluttered, but very effective, enabling readers to focus on the action. The Tender Tiny Peas are framed by curved lines and borders that emphasize the circus theme, and dramatic colors enhance their performances. This book is a great storytime choice for small groups or as a one-on-one read-aloud. Children will want to know what happens tomorrow night when Ivy Louise has bananas.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Master minimalist Leo Landry once again shares the power of secret worlds in this unique fantasy for young children. A love of the moon and all things Apollo originated in Leo’s childhood. He says he has distinct memories of playing a recording of the first moon landing while jumping off the front porch. He and his family live in Easton, Massachusetts.
Leo Landry is the author and illustrator of Grin and Bear It, Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise, and Space Boy. He lives with his wife and daughter in Easton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.leolandry.com/.