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

I Don't Want to be a Pea!

Written by Ann Bonwill
Illustrated by Simon Rickerty

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A celebration of friendship and of differences, this is a touching story of developing friendship and accommodating the feelings of others. Hippos and peas belong together and Hugo and Bella are no exception. But there are times when they cannot agree. How they work through their differences and come to a happy conclusion is a both charming and satisfying.

I don't want to be a pea was chosen by Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson as one of The Guardian's Books of the Year 2011.


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

A hippo called Hugo and a bird called Bella are getting ready for the Bird-Hippo Fancy Dress Party. Because they both want their own way, they can't agree on a costume and they almost don't go to the party at all. In this laugh-out-loud comedy of manners children will discover that compromise is what makes any friendship tick. With wonderfully absurd illustrations from new talent Simon Rickerty and a great read-aloud text, this is a made-for-sharing picture book.

CLICK HERE to download a Hugo and Bella fancy dress party activity sheet!


'My favourite picture books were both about friendship. The more sophisticated I Don't Want To Be a Pea! features a hippo and a bird arguing about what to wear for a fancy-dress party. It's all in dialogue, so parents and children can have fun doing the voices.'

' ... charming story, vividly illustrated with bright splashes of colour and big type, perfect for pre-schoolers. A valuable message, entertainingly told.'

'This is a lovely book about the give-and-take of true friendship. The text and illustrations are witty and engaging, and complement each other beautifully which is ideal in a book all about the joys of co-operative play.'

About the Author

Ann Bonwill

Ann Bonwill grew up in America. Her mother worked as a children's librarian so she was always surrounded by books and she loved to read and write stories throughout her childhood. Ann currently lives in Germany with her husband and young son.

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32 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd February 2012




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