The Princess and the Pea illustrated by Emma Martinez

The Princess and the Pea – at a glance

The School Reading Lists’ five word review:  Charming, clear, colourful and intriguing.
Children’s book titles: The Princess and the Pea.
Children’s author: by Campbell Books.
Genre: Children’s fiction.
Illustrated by: Emma Martinez.
Published by: Campbell Books.
ISBN: 9781529025514
Recommended for children aged: 0-3.
First published: Board Book August 2020.
This children’s book is ideal for: reading again and again to younger children.


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Our review:

I have a two-year-old grandson. This charming book, one of eight in the First Stories published by Campbell, is now a firm favourite in our ‘Pop-Pop read ’ sessions.

there are also push, slide and turn mechanisms which reveal new characters and possibilities

There are four double-page pictures printed on chunky solid card. The story unfolds in four simple couplets but, as I have discovered, there is plenty to discuss and explain. On (or within) each page there are also push, slide and turn mechanisms that reveal new characters and possibilities. Reading at this age is all about repetition and reinforcement; we’ve enjoyed it at least a dozen times so far and haven’t exhausted its possibilities.

Princess and the Pea by Campbell Books

Star of the show is undoubtedly Emma Martinez. Her illustrations are clear, busy, colourful and intriguing.

Many thanks to Campbell Books for the review copy.

If you like these books you might also like Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Rapunzel (Campbell Book First Stories series).


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