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Friday 1 March 2024

Review: The Independent Pea

Pea is determined to leave the pod and become independent; to create its own success story.

The Pod tries to convince it that only through combining their individual skills, can they all reach their optimum creativity.

As a team, they can achieve something artistic, eye-catching and worthwhile. 

They can become as creative as Peacasso.

Pea is determined to prove the Pod wrong.

It voices its hopes and dreams and sets out alone, to be called back, and shown examples of what can be achieved with teamwork.


Fortunately, Pea accepts the reality that its personal success lies within a cooperative and friendly group rather than as a single entity.

Opening a book by Maree Coote is like opening a present. You never know what to expect, and always get a pleasant surprise.

The Independent Pea is another impressive creation by this imaginative and gifted author and illustrator. It is a story behind a story.

As with her former publications, this production displays Coote’s innovative use of words and letters. Filled with clever, humorous wordplay, it places food and recipes at its centre.

The greatest delight of Coote’s books is that they not only challenge children’s minds but those of adults too.

Vibrant colours create lively and entertaining illustrations with each page owning a unique design.

The recipes and ideas for ways of preparing peas can be found at the end.

My favourite page, and will be yours, is the last. PODTALK Peatube: Pea’s Podcast Pod. Enjoy!

Title: The Independent Pea
Author/Illustrator: Maree Coote
Publisher: Melbournestyle, $ 29.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2024
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780648568483
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book