Review of “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen and Maja Dusiková.
For my April review I read “The Princess and the Pea,” a story by Hans Christian Andersen. The version I read was first published in German as “Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse” by NordSüd Verlag, Zürich in 2007. The English version was published in 2012 and illustrated by Maja Dusiková.
This lovely book tells the familiar tale of the prince looking for a bride who is a real princess. The artwork is soft and gentle, but some of the humor in the pictures is quite sharp. As the prince travels about meeting princesses, he collects their pictures – a large stack of framed portraits – and then sits glumly studying them. The brief text refers vaguely to his disappointment with the selections, but the illustrations will bring a giggle to any toddler – one princess picks her nose, another frowns, another sticks out her tongue, and one of them reaches out of the frame to steal a piece of cake. The scene in which the real princess arrives in a thunderstorm is charming and approachable. She looks bedraggled and grumpy, and yet, very lovely.
This book makes this classic tale very understandable to a young child, and the art draws them right in. This would be a great book to share with a child, letting them tell you the story based on the illustrations.
review by Gael Nappa