Lauren Child’s beautiful and artistic retelling of The Princess and the Pea. The tale of a prince, a princess, perfect politeness, pages of love and a peculiarly hard pea. This utterly original interpretation of the classic tale has dazzling illustrations from multi-talented collaborators, award-winning Lauren Child and widely acclaimed photographer Polly Borland. This beautifully presented picture book explores the tale of the down-to-earth princess through a stunning mix of artwork and photography to create a fairy tale to be treasured. Lauren Child is the multi-talented prize-winning creator of the characters Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean. She has won the Smarties Gold Award, Smarties Bronze Award, Kate Greenaway Medal and been shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Lauren lives in London. Polly Borland is a widely acclaimed, award winning photographer, famous for her vivid portraits. She is one of the few people to have been allowed into to Buckingham Palace to photograph the Queen and has had her own exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Born in Australia, Polly now lives in Brighton but continues to work all over the world Look out for Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola books: We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog; But Excuse Me That is My Book; My Collecting Sticker Book; My Picnic Sticker Book; My Very Busy Sticker Book; My Completely Best Story Collection; I’m Really Ever So Not Well; My Completely Best Story Collection; My Extremely Good Story Collection; Snow is my Favourite and My Best; We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog; My Especially Busy Box of Books; Whoops! But it wasn’t Me; I am Really, Really Concentrating; My Best, Best Friend; This is Actually My Party; I really Wonder What Plant I’m Growing; I Will Be Especially Very Careful; My Doodling and Colouring-In Book; Sizzles, Where Are You?; I Absolutely Love Animals; You Won’t Like this Present as Much as I Do; I am Inventing an Invention And other books by Lauren Child: The Princess and the Pea; The Secret Garden; Who Wants to be a Poodle? I don’t!; Maude, the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton; Clarice Bean; Ruby Redfort
From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 5-Child has expanded Andersens tale from a one-page gem into a humorous picture book that will delight the whole family. Color photographs of a cleverly designed, three-dimensional miniature world of dolls reveal wonderful details. The mattresses-all 12 of them-are covered in multi-patterned cloth, tables and cupboards display real china plates, and a mirror reflects a princess sitting in her parlor. The prince says that he wanted to marry for love. In an aside, Child comments, He was just that kind of romantic boy. The prince now tells his parents: I would gladly marry tomorrow but…she must be more mesmerizing than the moon and I must find her more fascinating than all the stars in the sky. And there must be a certain…something about her. The loving king and queen throw a royal ball so that their son can meet all the eligible princesses; unfortunately, not one fills the bill. He then decides to travel far and wide to look for a real princess. It is not until he comes home that she appears at his door. We all know what happens then. Every library will want at least one copy of this fabulously funny and unique book.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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