In this modern take on the tale of 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, and he knows just how to find her: 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. He begins to believe he'll never find the girl of his dreams, until one day she 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 just-right girl of his dreams.
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Tony Wilson is the author of eight books – five for children and three for adults. His first novel, Player, earned him an award as a 2006 Best Young Australian Novelist. His first book for children was Grannysaurus Rex, illustrated by David Cornish.Review:
“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.”
“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.”
“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 naif sketches give this tale of unconventional princes and princesses an authenticity that not all stories in this mold possess...”
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Book Description Scholastic, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111407111450