Princess Pigtoria and the Pea Hardcover – Feb 1 2010
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About the Author
Pamela Duncan Edwards is a bestselling author of more than twenty-five children's books. Her titles include Livingstone Mouse, Roar! A Noisy Counting Book, Honk, and Some Smug Slug. Originally from England, she now lives with her husband in Virginia. Henry Cole is the illustrator of more than fifty books for children. His titles include Some Smug Slug, The Worrywarts, and Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke. He currently lives in Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
Of course, we know from the Princess and the Pea that the only way to tell a real princess is the "pea test". Well, Pigtoria experiences her own version of this test. She does so, in very typical Pigtoria style.
A cute story, a little lesson for us all, and the most P words I've ever read in one place.
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I had already vetoed several books my older niece picked out (no TV books, no sticker books, no poster books, and no toys which aren't EVEN books!) so even though I wasn't feeling very hopeful about this one (The Princess and the Pea has always been among my least-favorite fairy tales) I smiled and burst out with a happy "Sure, why not!" about it.
I was pleasantly surprised when I got this book home and had a chance to look at it. This is a very alliterative book (lots of use of the letter P) about impoverished Princess Pigtoria, who thought she might hit it off with the Prince and fix up her falling down castle.
He's a bit of an ass, actually, and when she finds out about the pea trick she does what I've always wanted the sappy princess to do in this story - reads him the riot act and dumps him from the pizza boy! So she and the pizza boy get rich selling pizza, and the prince eventually marries the parlor maid and becomes a reformed citizen.
Okay, so it's sillier than it needs to be and the moral is a little hamfisted. (Pun intentional, of course.) It's still better than I thought.
A poverty stricken Princess answers an advertisement placed by Prince Proudfoot, who while healthy & wealthy, isn't too wise. He is a boor, in fact, & when Pigtoria finds out about the pea trick, Proudfoot gets what he deserves. Right on, Pigtoria, and we're glad you are living happily every after with the Pizza Delivery Pig. (NO peppersoni!).
The story tumbles all over itself with "p" alliteration. When the "P's" pale, the story can be retold just splendidly with an "s" (for "swine") or whatever letter the lucky young'uns to whom you may be reading will choose.
Any negatives? A few. Pigtoria is a tad materialistic and not necessarily an ideal guest even if she is visiting a castle with servants galore. Proudfoot doesn't get a chance to explain his rationale for bride-selection. And one pea seems frugal fare for four mice.
For me, however, these are not show-stoppers; they just add more paths to talking about the story. At low used book prices, some readers may be pleased indeed to find yet another support for helping young ladies have high self-respect and young gentlemen to become less like Georgie Porgy and more pleasant people---highly recommended.
It is an adorable picture book about a pig that needs to marry someone to help her fix up her palace. But this story adds a pleasant twist to the traditional tale. The prince turns out to be not so charming, and the pizza pig starts looking pretty perfect.
There were a few instances that I thought the use of a P word made a sentence rather awkward. However, the story is very cute and fun to read. It became one of my daughter's "lovey" books where she dragged it around the house with her, read it 400 times a day, slept with it, ate with it, etc. Her favorite part was when Pigtoria tells Prince Proudfoot that she doesn't like him!