The Princess and the (Greedy) Pea

by Leigh Hodgkinson (Author) Leigh Hodgkinson (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A gluttonous pea runs afoul of a very hungry princess in this playful cautionary tale inspired by a favorite cumulative rhyme and a classic fairy tale.

There was a green pea who swallowed a sprout. Without a doubt, a brussels sprout. What's that about? This little pea is hungry! So hungry it swallows a sprout, slurps up some soup, munches the bread, gobbles the cake, noshes the pickle, guzzles the cheese, drinks all the tea, and even chomps down the table it's all served on. After all that, it needs to sleep. But whose dinner did it steal? And whose mattress is the now-humungous pea resting under?

With bold, delightfully detailed illustrations and a bouncy verse perfect for reading aloud, this wickedly funny mash-up of "The Princess and the Pea" and "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" will have little listeners clamoring for multiple helpings.

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Kirkus Reviews

A superior revision.

Review quotes

"A unique parody of an iconic, cumulative, rhyming nonsense song. . . . For readers familiar with both stories, the ending is much funnier than either tale on its own—although it also stands alone. The careful scansion replication allows readers to sing the text as a refreshing replacement of other versions. . . . A superior revision." —Kirkus Reviews

"This picture book takes its whimsically nonsensical premise and pairs it with a catching cumulative rhyme and "The Princess and the Pea" fairy tale. . . sure to have kiddos giggling and chanting along at an ideally pre-lunch storytime." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Leigh Hodgkinson
Leigh Hodgkinson is an author, illustrator, animation director, designer, and TV creator. She was the art director for the television series Charlie and Lola and is the cocreator and designer of the show Olobob Top. The author and illustrator of several picture books, she was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in the UK, and now lives in East Sussex with her husband, two children, two cats, and a very silly dog.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
December 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
JUV055000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nursery Rhymes
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