Project Description

Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

by Tony Wilson
illustrated by Sue deGennaro

In this modern take on 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, so 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, until one day the just-right girl 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 girl of his dreams.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-635-2
Publication Date: 4/1/2012
Page Count: 32
Size: 10 ̎ x 10-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-051-8
Publication Date: 2/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10 ̎ x 10-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.6
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre TL
Lexile: AD630L
Themes: Choices, Fractured Fairy Tales, Friendship, Princess and the Pea
BISAC 1: JUV012030 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship


“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 naïf 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

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“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

“The story makes it clear that there are different bonds that cement relationships. The characters’ personalities are captured.” ―Reading Today

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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Meet the Author

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 his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

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.