The Princess and the Pea by Alain Vaes

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The prince of Upper Crestalia wants to get married, but his mother doesn't want him to, for selfish reasons. The queen makes up ridiculous tests that no aspiring bride can pass. Then the prince, convinced he is destined to remain single, meets Opal, heir to the throne of Lower Crestalia and the only princess ever known to drive a pickup truck. The prince soon discovers that not only is Opal handy, she is practical, beautiful, and genuinely nice. But can any of those qualities save her from the queen's trickery? You may think you know the story of "The Princess and the Pea," but you have never seen it as amusingly told and wittily illustrated as it is in this rollicking version of the classic tale.
 

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Published August 20, 1991 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 25 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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With droll illustrations and a complicated plot, Vaës's (Reynard the Fox) retelling features an old-fashioned backdrop for a grease-spattered princess in

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According to PW , ``Stevenson's unaffected prose, expressively cartoony style and fresh pastels make this an accessible and entertaining version of Andersen's classic.'' Ages 4-7. (Aug.)

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Long before there were lie detectors, there was the great pea test: the real princess's genteel character is not numbed by 20 mattresses and 20 eiderdown quilts. She isn't lying when she says she felt

Dec 01 1987 | Read Full Review of The Princess and the Pea

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Intricate patterns and dreamy pastel hues mark Duntze's luxuriant ilustrations for this classic tale. Ages 3-6. (May)

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Even in the tropics, it appears, love conquers all: Stevenson cleverly sets her jaunty retelling on a balmy South Sea isle. From that idyllic spot a peripatetic prince journeys quite literally to the

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