The Princess and the Pea: A Pop-Up Book


A marvel of paper engineering retelling the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale in style
Hans Christian Andersen's magical story is recreated in elegant and witty illustrations with stylish pop-ups for this special book.

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A marvel of paper engineering retelling the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale in style
Hans Christian Andersen's magical story is recreated in elegant and witty illustrations with stylish pop-ups for this special book.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A handsome retelling."  —Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Children never tire of hearing the story of the princess who loses her way in a storm and knocks on the door of a castle, where there lives a prince who has been searching everywhere to find a real princess. In this version, the size of the pop-ups that have been created by Pippa Pixley, Joel Pixley and Manth are remarkable. The 8" by 8" book can barely contain the movable constructions that fold back inside the covers. There are six double-page spreads, and the third has a castle pop up to over 9" tall. The floor of the bedroom to which the damp little princess is conducted comes forward, as the page is turned, and pops out to be more than 16" wide. The text of this rendition is handled particularly well. The tale is told very simply but with warmth. For instance, in his search for a real princess, we learn that the prince "met plenty of princesses in lots of lands, yet none was quite right. So with a heavy heart he returned alone to the castle." Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The classic story is retold with simplistic double-page illustrations that pop up and out in an interesting blend of old-fashioned settings and almost modern-looking royalty, including one African princess vying for the hand of the prince. A frail-looking blond princess wanders through a dense forest and comes upon the castle. The queen, suspicious of the stranger's claim to princesshood, places a very small pea under 20 mattresses and 10 feather quilts to ferret out the truth of her heritage. In the morning the girl politely admits that she scarcely slept a wink, thus revealing her royal nature. She and the prince are wed. The people wave Pea flags, and the famous pea is put on display. The book comes with a Choking Hazard warning  Not for Children under 3. Far better versions of the story are already in most collections.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
The ever-popular (and controversial) "princess" test gets a handsome retelling amid a series of large-scale tableaux. These appear on successive spreads that show to best effect when opened flat. In them, the prince wearily makes his way home beneath a multicultural gallery of rejected princesses, finding a suitable mate after a bedraggled blonde waif comes to the castle door and spends an uncomfortable night atop a tall, 3-D bed. Pixley uses color more than explicit visual details to suggest the stormy forest, the castle's stonework and the furnishings in her illustrations, but faces are drawn with fine lines and show at least a limited range of expressions. Furthermore, the pop-ups unfold into expansive scenes with multiple layers and tongue-in-cheek notes--notably the pervasive recurrence of a pea motif and at the end, a display case with a pea that "vanishes" when the lid is raised. A good "starter" version, though younger children may need some prodding to see how silly the whole premise is. (Pop-up/fairy tale. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857078169
  • Publisher: Tango Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Fairytale Pop-ups Series
  • Pages: 16
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen

Pippa Pixley is an author, illustrator, and professional art restorer.


Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Biography courtesy of HarperCollins

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 2, 1805
    2. Place of Birth:
      Odense, Denmark
    1. Date of Death:
      August 4, 1875
    2. Place of Death:
      Copenhagen, Denmark

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