Baby book review: The Princess and the Pea by Chloe Perkins

Baby Librarian Marian and her mommy review the board book Once Upon the World: The Princess and the Pea by Chloe Perkins, illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova.

Cover of The Princess and the Pea by Chloe Perkins

Marian Reviews The Princess and the Pea

Marian hangs onto a shelf at the library
I couldn’t get Marian to cooperate and pose with the book, but here she is at the library on the day we checked it out.

Mommy says this book is like Rapunzel, and I do see some similarities, but mostly they’re very different. Both are hard and chewable, and that’s nice. I have lots of chewable books, though Mommy doesn’t want me chewing on this one because she says it’s a library book. But I don’t see why that should make any difference. If they’re so similar, shouldn’t I be able to chew on both?

The colors are more muted in this board book, and no one has really long hair. I was disappointed by that, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed if Mommy hadn’t told me it was like Rapunzel.

Also, I’m unclear why the prince can’t be friends with all the princesses he meets? They all seem so nice. The prince must be kinda boring if he doesn’t want a friend who tells jokes, or sings pretty. I guess he only likes to travel, and that’s why he can only be friends with the traveling princess. So it’s good that they can both be friends. But maybe he should be a little more accepting.

I must be a princess too, because I’m very particular about my sleep.

Margaret Reviews The Princess and the Pea

So far, Marian and I have reviewed two books from the Once Upon a World series by Chloe Perkins. We’ve read all of them, and eventually we’ll review them all! Like Marian, Rapunzel is my favorite of the collection, but I also like The Princess and the Pea. One of the reasons this one stands out is that the prince and princess talk and get to know one another and actually fall in love before they marry. No love at first sight kinda thing, which I’m not a fan of.

Each book in the series takes place in a different country. The Princess and the Pea is set in Russia. I love how the illustrations make it immediately apparent where each book takes place. The Princess and the Pea looks like it could be set during Catherine the Great’s reign, though given the story, it definitely is not. Catherine the Great was no one’s princess.

Every parent who loves fairy tales needs these board books.


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