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Princess and the Pea

Written by Hans Christian Andersen & illustrated by Carly Gledhill
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Goodreads Rating - 4.0 / 5.0
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Nov 3, 2020
Publication Date
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What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“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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**Bedtime Classics: charmingly illustrated board book editions of perennial favorites, simplified for the youngest readers!**

Bedtime Classics introduce classic works of fiction to little literary scholars through character-driven narratives and colorful illustrations. Designed to be the perfect one-minute bedtime story (or five minutes–if you’re begged to read it over and over), parents can feel good about exposing their children to some of the most iconic pieces of literature while building their child’s bookshelf with these trendy editions!

A King and Queen invite all the princesses in the land to their palace to find a proper suitor for their son, the prince. But when an unconventional princess stumbles through the castle gates, she’s put to the ultimate test. By setting a pea under a large stack of mattresses, the royal family will discover if the girl is “princess material” once and for all.

What Kind of Book is Princess and the Pea

Themes:
bedtime and dreams
royalty
Categories:
classics
Genres:
fiction

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The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
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4.0 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
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4.5 / 7.0

The illustrations in this one are awesome and modern, in both style and substance, but it felt at odds with the very classic telling (I’m still confused why feeling a single pea under a pile of mattresses makes you a princess . . . instead of just whiney.) But, it’s a classic and very cute illustrations :)

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
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4.75 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Princess and the Pea

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Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 in Odense, Denmark. Andersen became famous for his collection of 156 fairy tales: his were the most important art fairy tales of the Biedermeier period. He died in 1875 in Copenhagen.

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Who Illustrated Princess and the Pea

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Carly Gledhill

Carly Gledhill is a children’s book illustrator/author living and working in Stockport, U.K. She has worked as a print designer for studios and retailers and completed an MA in children’s book illustration. She got her first book deal with Orchard Books, writing and Illustrating <i>Monty and Sylvester: A Tale of Everyday Superheroes</i> (2018). Since then she has worked on her second title for Orchard and illustrated for publishers and clients including Little Tiger Press, Quarto, and Redbird Publishing.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780593115527
Publication Date:
November 3, 2020
ASIN/ISBN 10:
059311552X

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