Princess and the Pea
Princess and the Pea
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Princess and the Pea

Written by Hans Christian Andersen & illustrated by Carly Gledhill
Part of the Penguin Bedtime Classics Book Series
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18
Page count
Nov 3, 2020
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Quirky, modern illustrations belie this standard retelling.

This brief retelling of the classic story of the Princess and the Pea follows the completely traditional storyline: A prince’s heretofore unsuccessful search for a true princess to marry finds a suitable bride when a girl taking refuge from a storm has a ridiculously uncomfortable night’s sleep resulting from a single pea hidden beneath a tall stack of mattresses and blankets. Where this version distinguishes itself is in Glendhill’s illustrations, which are inventive and utterly modern. Details such as the creative Hollywood setting, diverse characters including the black royal family and an Asian princess, delightfully bold costuming, and quirky additions such as dogs dressed up in princess costumes give this a new and distinct flavor. However, the revamped and original illustrations feel at odds with the very conventional retelling—readers anticipating a feminist take or hoping for a modern twist will finish feeling disappointed and that the book has fallen short of its potential.

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Book Details

ISBN
9780593115527
Publication Date
November 3, 2020
Publisher
Viking Books For Young Readers
Page Count
18
Audience
Board
Reading Age
0 - 2 years

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