Orange Juice Peas by Lari Don


Orange Juice Peas by Lari Don

Jessie is learning to be polite. When she says 'thank you' it sounds a bit like 'DA HOO'. When she says 'please' it sounds exactly like 'PEAS'. One tea-time, Jessie and her older brother Ben are left with a new babysitter. When asked what she'd like to drink, Jessie replies, 'Orange juice peas', and that's exactly what she gets! Followed by 'milk peas', 'water peas', and on it goes. Each time, Jessie fishes the peas out of her drink and cheeky Ben giggles, as the pile of peas on the table grows bigger and bigger...This is a hilarious story for young children, with a great sense of repetition. Lizzie Well's bright, expressive illustrations perfectly capture the humour and Jessie's increasing frustration at being misunderstood.


'This is an attractive picture book ... While the humour is gentle, the story is well structured, and the pastel illustrations which make use of flat colour with some modelling in the faces and with some fabric pieces scanned in for textual interest make for an endearing package.'

'The cheerful and individualized characters, bright surroundings and patterned fabric-collage effects make for winning pages ... This provides both a fairly high cute factor and hard evidence that big brothers tend to be the same everywhere.'

'The story is accompanied by soft illustrations of adorable, rosy-cheeked children whose facial expressions clearly convey their feelings of frustration, amusement, and confusion. The large, clear type makes the book a good choice for one-on-one sharing.'

'What a lovely book to encourage language play. Ideal for reading aloud, this story will keep children laughing and amused, and wanting to pronounce their pleases and thank yous correctly, just in case they get something they did not bargain on.'

'Our children laughed and laughed over this book and I loved the depiction of how young children talk and interact.'

About the Author

Lari Don

Lari Don is an award-winning author and storyteller who loves sharing traditional tales from all over the world. Lari was born in Chile, and brought up in Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh with her family. She has worked in politics and for the BBC, but now spends her time passing on old stories and making up new ones. She is a traditional storyteller, as well as an award-winning children’s author; her fiction is inspired by her love of myths, legends and fables.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

19th April 2012



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