The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

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The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas grew out of an essay I wrote about meeting and falling in love with my wife, Tamsin. It was for a book called ‘How We Met’ and it centres on the fact that we did NOT fall in love at first sight, perhaps because my eyesight is so bad. In thinking about that, I remembered how much I hated the love-at-first-sight story of the Princess and the Pea. In my opinion, the princess had no cause to complain about that pea.

‘Princess’, to date, has been my most successful book. It has been released in the USA, the UK and Canada, and was recently positively reviewed in the Wall Street Journal – which, I think we all agree, is a must read publication for all kids. It’s also had a heap of glowing reviews on Goodreads, including:

“I love this book. I buy this book for birthday presents. I recommend this book to friends. I retell this story to my adult friends and they all enjoy it” Awesome Books

“A fun and perfect fractured fairy tale that will appeal to boys!” Karen

“It’s not perfect–I think he pops the question a little too soon, but this is by far the best picture book about a prince I’ve read.” Kelly

After tiring of the needs of overly demanding princesses, Prince Henrik devises a test to find a girl who s not so sensitive, using a very thin mattress and an entire packet of frozen peas. His dream girl shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend Pippa, who is all too happy to pitch a tent or play a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for that packet of peas! In this twist on the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue DeGenarro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince s search for the just-right girl of his dreams.

Maybe you’d like to hear the entire book read by Tiffany, an Atlanta Falcons NFL cheerleader.

The Princess And The Packet Of Frozen Peas


“Little girls will love this book because it is a story about a prince in search of a princess.  After reading it, I hope little girls, and big girls, love the story because Prince Henrik re-defines what it means to be a princess.  Boys will also like this book thanks to the athletic Prince Henrik and the silly, silly girls who could not sleep one night with a bag of frozen peas underneath them.  I really like the humorous The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas.  Mr. Wilson has taken an iconic tale and flipped it on its head, giving little girls a story they can dream about without losing their own identities.  Prince Henrik . . . I love you! Full review” - Kids Lit Reviews, 19/1/13
“This story about gender stereotypes brings back fond memories of Babette Cole's 'Princess Smartypants', the greatest pre-school feminist literature of all time.” - Rochelle Galloway, Burnie Advocate, 11/7/09
“Wilson's quirky tale about being nice, sharing common interests and finding true love is perfectly interpreted by deGennaro's unusual, highly patterned illustrations in soft pastel colours. There is a naive, child-like exuberance to her drawing style, with buidlings that teeter in the sky, thin limbed characters with simplified but highly expressive faces, and often very individual interpretations of the text. This is a delightfully different and very humorous modern version of a familiar tale.” - Stephanie Owen Reeder, Australian Book Review, June 2009
“Tony Wilson's droll picture book recasting of the old tale of how to distinguish a real princess from an ordinary girl. Full review” - Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal, 30/3/12
“This funny tale reminds us all that the perfect princess doesn’t need to be “beautiful and sensitive”.  Sometimes, having a pleasing personality is all that matters!” - Speak Good English Movement
“As the mother of a five year-old girl who believes princesses must have long blonde hair, blue eyes and stilettos (preferably gem-stone encrusted), this book was a breath of fresh air. Full review” - Phillipa Macken, Newcastle's Child, 27/4/09
“I love this book for lots of reasons – I like to laugh with the kids, I like a fairytale that doesn’t make me cringe on the inside as I’m reading it and I like the fact that Pippa is authentic and likeable as opposed to helpless and simpering. Bring on more princesses like Pippa! Full review” - Babyology
“The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas makes an excellent book for teaching story grammar/narrative principles to mid to late primary (elementary) students. It's very effective because it follows all the conventions of story grammar, such as initiating event, problem, plan, and conclusion. Full review here” - SpeechLanguage Resources.com
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  • Prince Henrik . . . I love you!

    Kids Lit Reviews, 19/1/13

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  • This story about gender stereotypes brings back fond memories of Babette Cole's 'Princess Smartypants', the greatest pre-school feminist literature of all time.

    Rochelle Galloway, Burnie Advocate, 11/7/09

    See all reviews
  • This is a delightfully different and very humorous modern version of a familiar tale.

    Stephanie Owen Reeder, Australian Book Review, June 2009

    See all reviews
  • Tony Wilson's droll picture book recasting of the old tale of how to distinguish a real princess from an ordinary girl.

    Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal, 30/3/12

    See all reviews
  • This funny tale reminds us all that the perfect princess doesn’t need to be “beautiful and sensitive”

    Speak Good English Movement

    See all reviews
  • As the mother of a five year-old girl who believes princesses must have long blonde hair, blue eyes and stilettos (preferably gem-stone encrusted), this book was a breath of fresh air.

    Phillipa Macken, Newcastle's Child, 27/4/09

    See all reviews
  • I love this book for lots of reasons ... Bring on more princesses like Pippa!

    Babyology

    See all reviews
  • The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas makes an excellent book for teaching story grammar/narrative principles

    SpeechLanguage Resources.com

    See all reviews