I Don't Want to Be a Pea! by Ann Bonwill

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This book feels really original, with bold and brilliant illustrations, and a story that will appeal to both parents and children alike.
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Hugo is in no doubt as to what he and Bella should go as to the Hippo-Bird Fancy Dress Party. They will go as the princess and the pea and he will be the princess (of course!) leaving poor Bella to be the pea. Indignant, Bella refuses. She has a better suggestion - they will go as a mermaid on a rock and she will be the mermaid (of course!) leaving a huffy Hugo to be the rock. Hugo is not happy. But neither is Bella. They just can't decide on a costume and things reach a crisis when they both flounce off saying they don't want to go to the party at all. After time to consider, both Hugo and Bella calm down and (privately) both choose to dress as a pea as a gesture of making it all up to each other. So when they both arrive at the party as peas, Hugo and Bella announce proudly that they are 'two peas in a pod, just as it should be' underlining the message of the book that friendship is all about give and take. With wonderfully absurd illustrations from new talent Simon Rickerty and a great read-aloud text, this is a made-for-sharing picture book.
 

About Ann Bonwill

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Ann Bonwill grew up in America. Her mother worked as a children's librarian so Ann was always surrounded by books and she loved to read and write stories throughout her childhood. After gaining a psychology degree and a master's degree in social work, Ann worked in a variety of social care positions in schools and hospitals and taught at a Montessori school. Ann lives in the US with her husband and young son. Ann is the author of Pocket's Christmas Wish, also published by OUP. Simon Rickerty has been drawing pictures and creating characters ever since he can remember. He studied illustration at the London College of Communication and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic and Media Design. He then went on to complete a Masters in Communication, Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Simon lives in rural Bedfordshire.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Caroline and Grace, aged 3 on May 08 2012

This book feels really original, with bold and brilliant illustrations, and a story that will appeal to both parents and children alike.

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