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What a delight this was!
I first came across Lauren Child reading 'My Uncle is a Huncle' in college, and firstly thinking what a perfectly strange child her Clarice Bean character was. At the same time though, there was something charming about her illustration, as well as her words.
The Princess and the Pea has followed suit. I won't go into the story as I believe there are very few people who don't know it already (this being based on the well known Brothers' Grimm version) but I will go into the look of this story, as it's something to behold. Being an illustrator, I think in pictures anyway, and this book took me back, as I am also, you guessed it, a doll lover.
In this stunning series of images, the lovely little world of the princess is brought to life with an array of stunningly decorated sets and delicate paper dolls, just as Child usually produces her flat characters, but these are paper dolls living in what looks like a real world, including carpets, proper furniture, and even lights that light up!
Expertly captured by photographer Polly Borland, this is a wonderful retelling of a classic tale that has delighted little girls for decades; plenty of dramatic decoration, pretty frocks, and, of course, a handsome prince promising a happy ending.
Worded in clear yet decorative fonts, the phrasing is simple and the sentences are short, meaning it's easy and interesting to read with your child, and certainly one worth buying for kids who like to look at the pictures!
As an extra treat, there's even a little insight into how it was all done in the back, just in case you're curious...I know I was!