In this modern take on the Princess and the Pea, Prince Henrik decides that sometimes real princesses can be too sensitive!
Prince Henrik wants to marry an outdoorsy kind of girl, so instead of a single pea tucked into a pile of bedding, Henrik tests prospective brides with an entire packet of frozen peas shoved under a flimsy camping mattress. Henrik despairs as princess after princess complains, until one day the just-right girl shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend, Pippa. Pippa is all too happy to join Henrik in pitching a tent or playing a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for that packet of frozen peas!
In this remix of the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue deGennaro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince’s search for the girl of his dreams.
“This story has indie rom-com written all over it. Whether children warm to the book’s laid-back vibe, Wilson’s reportorial prose and deGennaro’s hipster naïf sketches give this tale of unconventional princes and princesses an authenticity that not all stories in this mold possess.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Relying on pattern, line and pale colors, the naively stylized pencil, gouache and collage illustrations subvert proportions and perspectives, adding to the whimsical tenor of this droll tale of a savvy prince who finds the perfect partner. A must for would-be princesses.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The illustrations, rendered in collage, gouache, and pencil, lend additional quirkiness to an already eccentric story, with humorous touches like Henrik’s sporty headband. Frankly, it’s refreshing to see a gap-toothed commoner score the crown.” ―Booklist
Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee) ―Wyoming Library Association, Wyoming State Reading Council, 2013-2014
Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2013-2014
Great Lakes’ Great Books Award (Nominee, Grades K-1) ―Michigan Reading Association, 2013-2014
Maine Chickadee Award (Nominee) ―Maine Association of School Librarians, 2013-2014
AR Level: 3.6
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre TL
Themes: Choices, Fractured Fairy Tales, Friendship, Princess and the Pea
BISAC 1: JUV012030 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship