Little Pea

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Author) Jen Corace (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea. -- The New York Times

A sweet and amusing story to which little picky eaters can relate: If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? A delightful twist on a classic parent predicament, children will enjoy the unique tale and find themselves relating with Little Peamore than expected.

- An entertaining story about meal times with charming text that families can enjoy together
- Features simple, yet impactful illustrations that are engaging and help readers connect to the story
- Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer and Mama Pea. She is the author of Encyclopedia of Our Ordinary Life. This is her first children's book

Picky eaters will enjoy the subtle humor of this topsy-turvy tale. -- School Library Journal

Fans of Little Oink, Little Hoot, and Duck! Rabbit! will enjoy the sweet musings of Little Pea and his loving family adventures.

- Great family read-aloud book
- Books for kids ages 2-4
- Books for preschool and up
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Starred Review
crowd-pleaser in the tradition of Mitchell Sharmat’s Gregory, The Terrible Eater (1980), illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, this simply told and illustrated episode features both a decidedly atypical family (all head, no body) facing a familiar dinnertime issue, and a delicious final twist.

Review quotes

"Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in 'Little Pea' (2005), a book that pedagogues might point out teaches basic physics and math while poking fun at picky eaters. This critic prefers to describe it as a family portrait of legumes in which the baby has to eat all his candy in order to get spinach for dessert." The New York Times

Amy Krouse Rosenthal
AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL is the author of lots of books for children (such as That's Me Loving You, On the Spot, and Uni the Unicorn, of course) and even some books for grown-ups (like Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life). You can find more about Amy online at

BRIGETTE BARRAGER (Uni the Unicorn) is an artist, designer, and illustrator and writer of children's books. She spent some time at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios before taking the plunge into freelance illustration, where she's lived happily ever after. She resides in Los Angeles with her handsome husband, cute doggy, and terrible cat. Visit Brigette at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
February 20, 2005
BISAC categories
JUV015000 - Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | General
Library of Congress categories
Board books
Food habits
Buckaroo Book Award
Nominee 2006 - 2007
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
Nominee 2007 - 2007

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