The Pea and the Princess by Mini Grey


The Pea and the Princess by Mini Grey

Once upon a time there was an enchanting fairytale about a prince who was looking for a real princess to be his bride. The only way to tell whether the many princesses who applied for the post were really royal, legend had it, was to see if they would be able to feel a tiny little pea through dozens of luxurious mattresses as they slept. Only the princess who emerged the next morning complaining of the extreme discomfort in which she had passed the night, could possibly be good enough to be the prince's bride ...All well and enchanting, but has anyone stopped to think about how all this might have felt for the pea in question? No. So here, for the first time, straight from the pea, is the truth about this much-loved, oft-repeated fairytale.

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This zany retelling with Pea as hero and narrator - plus a clever twist at the end - is also captivatingly illustrated ... A fresh, original picture book The Bookseller This wittily inventive book gives the fairy-tale a whole new perspective ... Mini Grey is a young author-illustrator of impressive originality Independent Grey's idiosyncratic illustrations provide lots of mileage to play spot the pea as they turn the pages Junior Beautifully illustrated by the author, this is an original take on an old story and one which will delight young minds South Wales Argus

About the Author

Mini Grey

Mini Grey was born in the front seat of a mini in an icy car-park in South Wales. She grew up in a village in Buckinghamshire with plenty of places to make camps, climb trees and pretend to be horses. As a child Mini created many bizarre objects from cardboard, clay, papier mache, dough, plaster, toilet rolls and crisp packets.

At university Mini became involved with set-building at the Bloomsbury theatre and eventually got asked to design some shows. After her degree she worked making latex puppets in a basement in Covent Garden until she was offered a place on a theatre design course. Mini loved theatre designing but she didn't earn much money. She trained to be a teacher and worked for six years in South London. She especially liked running after-school clubs in model-making and pottery.

Mini had always done bits of illustration in her spare time, and had an ambition to have a book published some day. She did a two-year MA in illustration, and made a strange pop-up book and an animation about it.

Mini has been shortlisted and won a number of prizes including for, The Pea and The Princess being shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2002, and Biscuit Bear, being the winner of the Smarties Prize in 2004.

Mini lives in Oxford with her partner Tony and cat Bonzetta. She likes running along the river, cycling, walking up hills, running down corridors, and playing badly on her electric piano wearing headphones.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

1st April 2004



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