Warburton's indefatigably sprightly and lovingly detailed illustrations help focus this grass-is-greener story. The premise is that a girl's distaste for eating peas (as opposed to sleeping on them, as in the classic fairy tale) reveals her latent princess-ness, requiring her to leave her idyllic home and doting father to go live in a palace. Warburton (the Rumblewick's Diary series) draws Lily-Rose May's new regal abode as a rose-tinted fantasy, complete with carpeted staircase, suitably snooty servants, and separate rooms for dress-up and shoes. But peas start looking pretty good after the grind of royal life kicks in, with meals of cold cabbage stew and days devoted to "three hours of waving to please all your fans,/ and lessons in smiling, and shaking of hands." British author Hart's literal, maundering rhyming ("Lily-Rose May gave her daddy a cuddle./ ‘Oh, what shall I do? I'm in such a big muddle!/ I would so love to live at the palace--it's true./ But I want to stay here, in the forest with you") makes the story hard to track and may test readers' patience. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
PreS-Gr 3--Lily-Rose May does her homework, cleans her room, and is agreeable to most anything, until… her father tries feeding her peas. She refuses, even after he makes recipe after recipe that incorporates them. The poor child simply cannot stomach peas. A doctor pronounces her allergic to them and relates the tale of a princess who awoke black and blue after sleeping on mattresses piled as high as the roof save for one pea underneath. Surely, Lily-Rose is a princess, declares the doctor, and she must move to the palace. It has all a young girl could wish for: clothes, toys, jewels, and, best of all, no peas. But will living at the castle be better than her home with her father? Mixed-media illustrations depict all the delights of a princess's palace, complete with pink limousine, but also the comforts of a simple home with family. Large illustrations are filled with small details that children will enjoy with each new reading. Pair this perfectly royal book for fussy eaters with similar princess tales for a majestic storytime.--Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH[Page 132]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.