Princess Pigtoria and the Pea

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An alliterative romp through the letter P with Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole, the team who brought us SOME SMUG SLUG, THE WORRYWARTS, FOUR FAMISHED FOXES AND FOSDYKE, DINORELLA, and more!

Princess Pigtoria's palace was a pigsty and she was penniless. Perhaps, if the prince proposed, she could make her palace picturesque again. If only Prince Proudfoot wasn't such a pompous porker.

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An alliterative romp through the letter P with Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole, the team who brought us SOME SMUG SLUG, THE WORRYWARTS, FOUR FAMISHED FOXES AND FOSDYKE, DINORELLA, and more!

Princess Pigtoria's palace was a pigsty and she was penniless. Perhaps, if the prince proposed, she could make her palace picturesque again. If only Prince Proudfoot wasn't such a pompous porker.

A pretty new princess-and-the-pea picture book for little people who love preposterous play with the letter P!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Penniless Princess Pigtoria responds to a want ad with hopes for funds to fix up her castle, which is falling apart. Prosperous Prince Proudfoot who placed the ad in the newspaper is looking for a bride. When Pigtoria arrives, the prince is not impressed because she arrives a few minutes late for her five o'clock appointment. The princess is taken to the guest apartment by the parlor maid. Unbeknownst to Pigtoria, however, Prince Proudfoot plans a test to see if she is a proper princess; he place a pea under the pile of pillows where she will be sleeping. Although the story has a few similarities to a well-known fairy tale, there are some amusing twists to this story along with some alliteration of the text with the letter P. Even the brightly colored illustrations include a bit of fun by including items that start with the letter P. The watercolor illustrations capture the eye in this amusing tale. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Princess Pigtoria is poor, and her palace is a pigsty. Perhaps if she can marry a prince, he will make it pretty again. But Prince Proudfoot is not polite. Unknown to her, he has placed a pea under her pillows to test her princess properties. Before bed, hungry Pigtoria orders a pizza and parties with the delivery pig and the kitchen staff. She dances and eats so much that she is kept awake by a persistent prickling of crumbs. Of course, Prince Proudfoot is pleased and confesses his deed. Pigtoria is not impressed. No pompous prince will win her heart. She prefers Percy-the-Pizza-Pig. They marry and open a successful chain of pizza parlors. Prepare to pucker as you read aloud page after page of words that begin with the letter "p." Cole's watercolor cartoons heighten the silliness of this very distant take on "The Princess and the Pea," but the story is a bit of a "boar." The persistent alliteration becomes cumbersome, and the tale just doesn't hold up to the intended frivolity. Readers may enjoy the menagerie of palace personnel, including potato-peeling cockroaches, but the ending may elicit a questionable look from those who forgot that the story briefly featured a pea.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Edwards presents another alliterative version of a classic fairy tale. Princess Pigtoria is particularly perturbed by the dilapidated state of her castle. Hoping to improve her lot, she responds to a newspaper ad for a princess to marry Prince Proudfoot. Not overly enthused by her first impression of the Prince, Pigtoria nonetheless follows the parlor maid to the guest apartment. There, a pizza-and-polka party ensues with Percy the pizza-delivery pig and several of the other castle servants as guests. That night, Pigtoria sleeps horribly-victim of the party crumbs on her pillows. And although she did not feel the pea (it slipped out), she is offended when Proudfoot reveals his plan. In the end, both end up with mates, though not with each other. Cole's watercolor illustrations steal the show with funny details. He cleverly incorporates objects that begin with "p," providing value-added fun in the form of a seek-and-find game (the portrait of a crowned pork chop labeled "Cousin Pearlene" is priceless). More like Dinorella (1997) than Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke (1995) in its alliterative abundance, the device often takes over the story, making this an extra purchase. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545156257
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 335,173
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY COLE was born on a dairy farm near Purcellville, Virginia, and was an adored elementary-school science teacher for 16 years. He has since illustrated over 80 popular picture books, including the multimillion-selling Moose series and other bestsellers. Mr. Cole has always loved art and science, which has made him a keen observer of details in nature. He now lives in both Florida and Virginia.
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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Very Cute!

    Prepare for a parade of the letter P! Princess Pigtoria sets off on the adventure of the Princess and the Pea that uses every possible P word you can think of.

    It is an adorable picture book about a pig that needs to marry someone to help her fix up her palace. But this story adds a pleasant twist to the traditional tale. The prince turns out to be not so charming, and the pizza pig starts looking pretty perfect.

    There were a few instances that I thought the use of a P word made a sentence rather awkward. However, the story is very cute and fun to read. It became one of my daughter's "lovey" books where she dragged it around the house with her, read it 400 times a day, slept with it, ate with it, etc. Her favorite part was when Pigtoria tells Prince Proudfoot that she doesn't like him!

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