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I Don't Want to Be a Pea!
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A big to-do over a little pea!

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Ann Bonwill grew up in America. Her mother worked as a children's librarian so Ann was always surrounded by books and she loved to read and write stories throughout her childhood. After gaining a psychology degree and a master's degree in social work, Ann worked in a variety of social care positions in schools and hospitals and taught at a Montessori school. Ann lives in the US with her husband and young son. Simon Rickerty has been drawing pictures and creating characters ever since he can remember. He studied illustration at the London College of Communication and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic and Media Design. He then went on to complete a Masters in Communication, Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Simon lives in rural Bedfordshire.

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Hugo Hippo and Bella Bird may be symbiotic simpaticos, but the strong-willed duo can't see eye to eye as the Hippo-Bird Fairy-Tale Fancy Dress Party approaches (they can't even agree on the name of the event). Bella doesn't want to be the pea in a joint Princess in the Pea costume, while Hugo has no interest in being the "gray and blobby" rock to Bella's mermaid. Unable to come to terms, the pals harrumph to their separate quarters until a change of heart leads to a solution-and proves that they really are two peas in a pod. Bonwill (Naughty Toes) peppers her gentle friendship story with bits of knowing humor ("But you are gray and blobby," Bella says of the rock costume. "I will ignore that comment," Hugo replies), giving the proceedings some energetic flair. Different fonts distinguish the two speakers' words, and Rickerty balances sweet and silly in his portraits, using simple shapes, forceful lines, and snazzy blocks of color to give the friends plenty of personality. Ages 2-6. Agent: Marietta Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Hilary Delamere, the Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

`'My favourite picture books were both about friendship. The more sophisticated I Don't Want To Be a Pea! features a hippo and a bird arguing about what to wear for a fancy-dress party. It's all in dialogue, so parents and children can have fun doing the voices.' ' Julia Donaldson, Guardian Books of the Year `' . . . charming story, vividly illustrated with bright splashes of colour and big type, perfect for pre-schoolers. A valuable message, entertainingly told.'' Daily Mail `'This is a lovely book about the give-and-take of true friendship. The text and illustrations are witty and engaging, and complement each other beautifully which is ideal in a book all about the joys of co-operative play.' ' Carousel

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