The Princess and the (Greedy) Pea by Leigh Hodgkinson – Book Review

The Princess and the (Greedy) Pea by Leigh Hodgkinson – Book Review

The Princess and the Greedy Pea by Leigh Hodgkinson

The Princess and the (Greedy) Pea

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There was a green pea who swallowed a sprout. Without a doubt, a Brussels sprout. What’s that about?

This little pea is SO hungry! So hungry that he has swallowed a sprout, slurped down some soup, munched all the bread, wolfed down the pie, gobbled the cake, noshed all the pickle, guzzled the cheese (that made him sneeze), drank all the tea, and then, chomped up the table! And after ALL that, he needs to have a rest. But just WHOSE food was he eating? And WHOSE bed is he resting in? Cue … one very grumpy, very hungry princess … with a taste for revenge.

A highly imaginative modern retelling of fairy-tale classic, The Princess and the Pea, and much-loved nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, with artwork that is both stylishly detailed and incredibly funny.

Review by Stacey

The Princess and the (Greedy) Pea is a fun and imaginative young children’s book that is a cross between a nursery rhyme and a fairy-tale that works perfectly together.

A pea was hungry and so he ate a sprout. He then ate some soup to go with the sprout and then some bread to go with the soup. You get where this is going. The pea then ends up under the princess’s bed, yikes!

This colourful picture book filled with full-page illustrations will have children giggling as they follow the story of the hungry pea who consumes quite a lot of food before making the princess uncomfortable in her bed.

This is a delightful tale that brings a modern twist to two classics. It has been written in a rhyming style that follows the rhyme of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I really adored this book and I think young children will love it. It is engaging, humorous, and quick to read- the perfect combination for a bedtime story.

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Leigh Hodgkinson


Leigh Hodgkinson is an author, illustrator, animation director, designer and kids TV creator. She has made around 25 books that have been published all over the world. Leigh is the designer and co-creator of Cbeebies show, Olobob Top.

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