Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Little Pea

Little Pea

Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator:  Jen Corace 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Chronicle Books, 2005   ISBN: 978-0811846585

Little Pea has a happy life. He gets to do many things that he enjoys, such as rolling down hills, playing with his friends, and listening to Mama Pea’s stories about what she “was like when she was a little pea.” In fact, there is only one thing that Little Pea does not like. Little Pea hates candy, and this is very unfortunate because if you are a pea, candy is what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Little Pea hates all candy and so meals are always a problem. One way Little Pea’s parents are able to get their child to eat is to say that if he eats five pieces of candy he can have dessert. Is this enough of an incentive for Little Pea?

Children who have a problem eating their veggies are going to love this clever little story. They will laugh when they see how Little Pea struggles to eat his five pieces of candy. Though he is just a little round green pea, he manages to be very expressive when he doesn’t like something, and the faces he makes are deliciously funny.

In this book Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s simple text is beautifully paired with Jen Corace’s artwork to give children a book that they will enjoy reading again and again.