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Thursday 20 June 2013

Review: The Princess and the Peas

Peas? Lily-Rose May is not a fan. No matter how hard her divinely-dedicated father tries, she can't bear a bite. Pea smoothies, cupcakes, cookies - nothing works. Young Lily-Rose just breaks out in spots and feels awfully poorly.

The doctor is called in. It's serious. And there's no cure. To push his point home, he pulls out a storybook about a young princess who was so allergic to peas, a single green orb under a tower of mattresses still managed to bruise her black and blue.

You see, in case you didn't know it, every princess is allergic to peas, and Lily-Rose simply must get to the royal palace, post-haste and live the princess life she was destined to live. It's her only protection against this insidious (and obviously quite dangerous) vegetable.

So, off Lily-Rose goes to the palace where peas are thoroughly banned - but is life at the palace all it's cracked up to be? What's on the daily royal menu? And what about poor Dad?

Told in rhyme, this is a charming story children will love. Author Hart keeps a fine and rhythmic pace, and illustrator Warburton has created a visual feast of divine princessy moments little girls (and perhaps big girls) will adore. I'm loving Warburton's colour choices (reminiscent of pop art swapcards from the '70s), and her renderings of the central characters add even more whimsy to this delightful story.

The Princess and the Peas also comes with an audio reading.

Title: The Princess and the Peas
Author: Caryl Hart
Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2013
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9780857631084
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book