Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children’s books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won’t eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.
This book is pretty well known at this point, and for good reason. The illustrations are charming and the story about Little Pea who REALLY doesn’t want to eat his candy for dinner is remarkably clever. It’s on the longer side in terms of amount of text for a board book but is absolutely worth it, and until your baby/younger toddler has a long enough attention span go for the paraphrasing the story as you go along because this is definitely one worth owning. By turning the classic childhood distaste for vegetables on it’s head this book hits the perfect note of silly for a message that might actually sink in.
I love the author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and I especially love Little Pea. This book is funny, punny, and downright adorable. One of my favorites in my library!
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
Some things she likes to make: Children’s books. Grown-up books. Short films. Salads. Connections with the universe. Something out of nothing. Wishes.
According to The New York Times, Amy’s award-winning children’s books “radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting.” Her 30+ books for children include Little Pea, Uni the Unicorn, I Wish You More, Exclamation Mark, Spoon, Chopsticks, Duck! Rabbit!, Yes Day, The OK Book, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Plant a Kiss, and Wumbers.
As for her adult work, Amazon named Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life one of the top 10 memoirs of the decade. A guided journal based on this book was recently released, titled Encyclopedia of Me: My Life from A-Z. Some of her other bestselling guided journals include The Belly Book, The Bride-to-be-Book, My Birthday Book and The Big Sibling Book. (Bio via whoisamy.com)
nuts and bolts:
from southern new jersey, graduated from risd with a bfa in illustration in 1996, lives and works in providence, ri, hates sopping wet paper. it makes her gag.
odds and sods:
first dream job was to be a bumper car operator (it could still happen), loves breakfast, loves breakfast for dinner more, loves biking, loves walking more, loves a lot of music but could easily listen to belle and sebastian or the wedding present all day long. non stop.