Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be

Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be

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by Mini Grey
     
 

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When it comes to sorting out a Real Princess from a Fake Princess, the famous pea-under-the-mattress test is tried-and-true. But for those of you who may have wondered how anyone could feel a tiny garden-variety pea under the weight of twenty mattresses, this book will put that question to rest once and for all.

This witty spoof was shortlisted for the

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Overview

When it comes to sorting out a Real Princess from a Fake Princess, the famous pea-under-the-mattress test is tried-and-true. But for those of you who may have wondered how anyone could feel a tiny garden-variety pea under the weight of twenty mattresses, this book will put that question to rest once and for all.

This witty spoof was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK. It was Mini Grey's first book and a worthy predecessor to such favorites as Traction Man is Here!

Editorial Reviews

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“A rib-tickling U.S. debut for Grey, with plenty of sight gags to complement the chatty narrative.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be delivers an entertaining spin and a great deal of visual wit.”—The Horn Book

Children's Literature
This delightful story of the "Princess and the Pea" is told from the perspective of the pea who felt destined to be important from its beginning in its pea pod. When the peas were being prepared for a recipe in the royal kitchen, this particular pea was taken to the queen to be used in finding a suitable wife for the prince. None of the princesses who had slept on the stack of 20 mattresses covering the special pea had felt the pea and, so, were discounted as a choice to wed the prince. During a storm one night, a girl who came to the palace door was mistaken for a princess and whisked away to the bedchamber to sleep. The pea recognized her as the gardener and decided to help her. As the girl slept, the pea whispered in her ear repeatedly that there was an object in the bed that was uncomfortable. The next morning upon awakening, the girl reported the discomfort to the queen. She was chosen as the prince's bride. The colorful illustrations will captivate children who listen to the story being read to them. The original story was published by Jonathan Cape in Great Britain in 2003 as The Pea and the Princess. 2003, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children's Books/Random House, Ages 7 to 12.
— Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The "real story" of the Princess and the Pea is finally told from the pea's point of view. It begins its story in the palace garden, nestled in a pod with its brothers and sisters. It just knew it was destined for greatness and was not surprised when it was picked from the pile of shelled peas and taken to the queen. The prince has just returned home after a year of fruitless searching for a bride and the queen is not happy. She places an ad in the newspaper for REAL princesses and spends months testing young women with the pea-under-the-mattress trick. One stormy night, there is a knock on the door and there stands a young woman with a basket of fresh veggies. Without a chance to say a word, she is whisked off to a bedroom and placed on the top of 20 mattresses. The little pea recognizes her as its beloved gardener and decides to take action. All night long it whispers into her ear, "There is something Large and Round and very Uncomfortable in the bed under you." The rest is history. This story lacks the zing and energy and cohesiveness of other spoofs such as Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Viking, 1989). The gardening touches in the quirky illustrations add an element of fun, but even the queen's carrot nose and pea eyes cannot save the rambling tale. Readers are left hoping for more "inside dirt" than is delivered here.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
At last, the silent participant in the tale of the Princess and the Pea tells its side of the story. Having seen one princess after another come and then, all-too-well-rested, go, the pea decides at last to intervene. Making its way to the top of the pile of mattresses, it whispers into the latest sleeper's ear for three hours that there's a "Large and Round and very Uncomfortable" lump in the bed. Gray decorates the rather cozy-looking palace with vegetable-themed furnishings, and the royals, with their sharp noses and pea-green eyes, resemble carved wooden puppets-in contrast to the relieved Prince's new bride, who (surprise, surprise) turns out to be the fresh-faced young gardener seen working in the background in nearly every previous scene. The pea has eyes but no limbs, which begs the question of just how it made that arduous climb, but makes it easy to track it from pod to palace to final resting place in a museum display case. A rib-tickling US debut for Grey, with plenty of sight gags to complement the chatty narrative. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375826269
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/09/2003
Edition description:
First American Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
728,744
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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