Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Princess and the Pea retold by Stephanie Peters & illustrated by M.A. Lamoreaux

As a young prince nears adulthood, the Queen tells him he must find a princess bride -- but not just any princess will do. Only a true princess will satisfy his mother. The young prince searches the entire kingdom, but returns home alone and sad. Late one stormy night, a mysterious woman knocks at the castle door. She claims to be a true princess, but the Queen has her doubts. So, she concocts a clever scheme to see if the princess is the real thing.

The illustration in The Princess and the Pea are comparable to manga. While personally I'm not yet a fan of that style it could attract a big audience. The panels are laid out for anyone regardless of age to follow along with. The reading level on this is 1.8 or Guided Reading Level: L.

I thought it was exciting to see a classic tale told in a graphic novel format. Would be good for children learning to read or anyone interested in trying out a graphic novel. Having the familiar storyline to hold onto when reading a new format/genre is great I think. I expected it to be a bit longer but the short length I suppose makes sense for the reading level it is geared towards.

The book also includes a short biography of Hans Christian Andersen, information about the retelling author and the illustrator, a history of The Princess and the Pea and discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary.

The Princess and the Pea was released on August 15th
Genre: Children's Graphic Novel
3.5/5 Stars
Review copy provided by publisher


  1. Sounds a little young for me, but I'll keep it in mind for a gift for a middle reader.

  2. I've always said I'm like the Princess and the Pea because everything has to be perfect for me to sleep. I think I need this book!

  3. I love the Princess & the Pea! I'm such a child at heart... ;P

    I might have to look into this, especially if it has Manga-style art.

  4. Good review. And it might be up my alley. Thanks for the heads up. :)

  5. I always love a good fairy tale retelling! I wonder why The Princess and the Pea hardly ever gets retold?


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