In this modern take on the tale of the Princess and the Pea, Prince Henrik decides that sometimes real princesses can be too sensitive!

Prince Henrik wants to marry an outdoorsy kind of girl, and he knows just how to find her: instead of a single pea tucked into a pile of bedding, Henrik tests prospective brides with an entire packet of frozen peas shoved under a flimsy camping mattress.

Henrik despairs as princess after princess complains. He begins to believe he'll never find the girl of his dreams, until one day she shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend, Pippa. Pippa is all too happy to join Henrik in pitching a tent or playing a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for that packet of frozen peas!

In this remix of the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue DeGennaro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince's search for the just-right girl of his dreams.


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Tony Wilson is the author of eight books - five for children and three for adults. His first novel, Player, earned him an award as a 2006 Best Young Australian Novelist. His first book for children was Grannysaurus Rex, illustrated by David Cornish.

You can visit Tony Wilson’s website here.

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Sue deGennaro draws full time while sitting at a long bench on a wobbly stool, with her feet firmly on the ground. Her recent picture book projects include One Funky Monkey, The Vegetable Ark, and The Tomorrow Book.



“...This story has indie rom-com written all over it. Whether children warm to the book's laid-back vibe, Wilson's reportorial prose and deGennaro's hipster naif sketches give this tale of unconventional princes and princesses an authenticity that not all stories in this mold possess...” ―Publishers Weekly

“...Relying on pattern, line and pale colors, the naively stylized pencil, gouache and collage illustrations subvert proportions and perspectives, adding to the whimsical tenor of this droll tale of a savvy prince who finds the perfect partner. A must for would-be princesses.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“...The illustrations, rendered in collage, gouache, and pencil, lend additional quirkiness to an already eccentric story, with humorous touches like Henrik's sporty headband. Frankly, it's refreshing to see a gap-toothed commoner score the crown.” ―Booklist

“...A fun twist on 'The Princess and the Pea,' this clever rendition will have kids smiling and cheering for Prince Henrik and his 'Unreal Princess.'” ―Books to Borrow...Books to Buy

“...The story makes it clear that there are different bonds that cement relationships. The characters' personalities are captured perfectly in the simple collage, gouache, and pencil illustrations.” ―Reading Today online

“...Determined to find someone less delicate, the frustrated prince comes up with a new twist on a time-honoured test.” ―St. Albert Gazette

“...a delight to read!...I love the twist, and I love that it was saying that girls don't have to be girly-girls, they can be themselves and still get that happily-ever-after.” ―Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf blog

“...With an outdoorsy Prince who defies what the typical guy wants, he felt it was a good way to help teach our daughters about what a great guy will someday look for in a girl, and how important it is to just be yourself...a fabulous addition to my princesses' repertoire...” ―YA Books Central blog

“...The message it sends is wonderful and something we can all take to heart. Combine all of this with the wonderful illustrations that bring this world to life and you've got a winner...” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“...Henrik is a sweet and thoughtful prince and Pippa is cheerfully resourceful. The detailed illustrations are humorous and child-like...Wilson is very playful with his text, changing fonts to highlight important words and allowing the text to flow around illustrated elements...This book also makes an excellent reader's theater candidate...” ―Picture Book a Day blog

“In this remix of the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue DeGennaro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince's search for the just-right girl of his dreams.” ―Children's Book Council online


Great Lakes' Great Books Award (nominee, grades K-1) ―Michigan Reading Association 2013-2014

Maine Chickadee Award (nominee) ―Maine Association of School Librarians 2013-2014

Buckaroo Book Award (nominee) ―Wyoming Library Association, Wyoming State Reading Council 2013-2014

Delaware Diamonds (nominee, K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association 2013-2014