Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

The Peculiar Thing with the Pea by Kaye Umansky & illustrated by Claire Powell

Young readers will love this new take on the traditional story, The Princess and the Pea. Pete is 11 years old and his mother, the Queen, has decided it’s time to find him a suitable bride. Pete is horrified! All he wants to do is play football and have adventures around the castle. Apparently, the whole process is going to take a while so his very embarrassing mum is keen to get started!

The search isn’t going all that well then one stormy night, you guessed it, a girl claiming to be a princess arrives at the castle. She doesn’t look like your stereotypical princess – no frilly dresses or flowing hair. This girl is ready for anything! Pete and Princess Patsy get on famously. They love all the same things and Patsy challenges Pete to try new things. Of course, the Queen wants to test this so-called princess. Night after night, she hides all sorts of vegetables under Patsy’s many mattresses and every morning she is so disappointed that Patsy doesn’t complain of bruises. Is she even a princess? In the end, will the Queen learn that you shouldn’t judge a princess by her clothes or her bruises?

This is a fantastic story for challenging stereotypes and showing that girls and boys can be great friends. The hilarious characters, fun possibilities for playing in the castle and cringy wedding talk make it a super read.  

In true Barrington Stoke style, this laugh-out-loud story will be published with dyslexia friendly font and colours to ensure everyone can access the fun.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this brilliant book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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