Reader Reviewed Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Written by Morag Hood

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July 2016 Debut of the Month Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables. Lee is a very green pea and so are all of his friends except for Colin who is a very orange carrot. Colin can’t do all the things that the pea-friends can do such as roll or bounce. Nonetheless, it turns out that they can all be very good friends. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Elissa Watkin, age 3 - 'Beautiful, simple and charming story about embracing friend’s differences! Our three year old daughter loved this book from the moment she saw it.'
  • Sabrina Chorley, age 4 - 'This was a very funny book with funny illustrations, Colin and Lee is a lovely story about friendship.'
  • Eleanor Haines, age 4 and mum Tanya - 'this book is much better suited for a younger audience. Simple, bright pictures. Simple short text so that they don't get bored, and a nice message about being friends.'
  • Jack, age 4 and mum Emma - 'What a quirky but fun book!... It seems very simple on the surface but led to some thoughtful conversations about friendships and relationships.'


Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood

Lee is a pea. All of his friends are peas; except Colin. Colin isn't a pea. And so begins the deliciously funny story of two very different friends: a small green pea and a tall orange carrot stick. Colin the carrot can't do everything the peas can, but he has some special carrot-y qualities that make him a very good friend to have. All about the beauty of making friends with people (or vegetables) who are different from you, boys and girls alike will love Colin and Lee's clear shapes, bright colours and the playful approach to everyday objects that make this book an instant favourite.

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea is a brilliant debut from Morag Hood, runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration.


The perfect way to help children celebrate individuality, friendship... and vegetables! Lancashire Evening Post In a world where we may be ridiculed for standing out and being unique, this book not only celebrates our individuality, it positively advocates being different and for that, we love this book! Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables. LoveReading4Kids A really valuable lesson through a simple story with wonderfully vibrant pictures Juno Magazine

About the Author

Morag Hood

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, and freshly sharpened pencils. The pet duck is yet to make an appearance.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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16th June 2016




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