Picture Book Review: The Poodle and the Pea by Charlotte Guillain and Dawn Beacon (Illustrator)


The Poodle and the Pea by Charlotte Guillain and Dawn Beacon (Illustrator)

In Animal Fairy Tales, beautiful illustrations and simple text retell classic fairy tales from a new perspective: all the characters are animals! This book, a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, tells the story of the Poodle and the Pea, in which a lost dog is revealed to be a princess after a servant has a good idea.

From the Animal Fairy Tales series. For ages 3-7.

* Beautiful, fun illustrations
* Simple text appropriate for both early independent readers and parents reading to a child
* New twists on traditional tales

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Raintree Paperbacks (April 11, 2013) 

My Thoughts:
This book is precisely what it appears to be.  It is an animal retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea.  

I like this book, but it isn’t anything new or remarkably different.  I love the font that is used for the text, and the artwork is really cute.  My daughters loved the illustrations of the poodles, but some of the pictures are too dark or don’t have enough contrast.  

It is a short and sweet retelling of an old tale.  Nothing new, but still worth the read.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:

Charlotte Guillain has written
nearly 100 books, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of her best-selling
titles include the ‘Space’ and ‘Growing Up’ series. Before writing
children’s books, Charlotte worked as a bookseller, a teacher of English
as a Foreign Language, and an editor.

About the Artist:

For as long as I can remember,
I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Sketching was the only way I knew
how to bring my daydreams inside-out. In college I discovered design and
knew I had a perfect match. I love the idea of taking color, images and
information and providing a clean, simple solution. Mostly, I enjoy
creating the images.

I received my B.F.A. at Minneapolis College
of Art and Design. Following graduation, I moved to Vail, Colorado where
I have worked locally as a Graphic/Editorial Designer and Illustrator
at newspapers, print companies, and Not-for-profit organizations.
Currently, I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for the
children’s market.

Illustrator Dawn Beacon lives with her husband
and son in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. During the winter
months she loves snowboarding with her family at their local resorts,
while summertime finds her biking and gardening. Inspiration for her
artwork is found directly out her back door with the abundance of
wildlife and breathtaking views of the Vail Valley.

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  • Reply
    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    February 2, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Too bad it wasn't a different retelling. I remember reading Princess and the Pea when I was younger and the mattresses look exactly the same! I wonder how they would retell this story. I mean… put a marble instead of a pea? It's a MAGICAL pea that transports you to a different time!? lol. I'm getting carried away.

    • Reply
      February 2, 2013 at 7:05 am

      I think that with picture books it can be difficult to come up with an original way of retelling a fairy tale. Picture books are so short that you don't have a ton of room to change much and have it still be recognizable.

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