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The Poodle and the Pea
The Poodle and the Pea
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The Poodle and the Pea

In Animal Fairy Tales, beautiful illustrations and simple text retell classic fairy tales from a new perspective: all the characters are animals! This book 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.

Age Level3-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-2
Trim Size6 13/16 x 9 3/4
Page Count24



Shelfishness blog - Kristin

"...a hilarious retelling of the classic story “The Princess and the Pea” and is done in such an adorable way that readers of any age will find the story a new favorite. The pictures – of fancy poodles in appropriate royal attire – are precious, and the story is simplified making this a perfect book for beginning readers." - Shelfishness blog

February 16, 2013

Two Little Cavaliers blog

"As a mom and an artist, I have to say that I adored the illustrations. They are bright, colorful and definitely capture the sometimes haughty air and personality of the poodle breed. . . .I think this little book will be quite a hit. This book is appropriate for kids three to seven years of age. I heartily recommend this book for both independent readers and those who still enjoy being read to at bedtime. As an educator, I could easily see this being used in a classroom setting as part of a fairy tale reading unit." - Two Little Cavaliers blog

December 18, 2012

NetGalley Review - Stephanie Torczon Essien, Librarian

"Lovely illustrations and simplistic text. . . .This series would be a good set to have on hand when children want a book similar to their favorite." - NetGalley Review

January 26, 2013


NetGalley Review - Ionia Martin

"We all thought the poodles were cute and that did seem to add some interest for my youngest kids. Overall it was a nice story for children." - NetGalley Review

January 15, 2013

Second Bookshelf on the Right blog - Mai

"The idea of remaking this story by using poodles as characters is cute. I think this will appeal to a lot of kids, especially those who like dogs." - Second Bookshelf on the Right blog

January 19, 2013

NetGalley Review - Josh Horton

"My four year old daughter really liked it. I also believe she paid more attention to this re-telling of the classic story versus the princess one. Which is saying a lot because she LOVES princesses!" - NetGalley Review

February 21, 2013


A Book and a Hug - Shawn Lane, Librarian, Texas

"The story is simply told and will be liked by boys and girls alike! This is a great retelling of a classic!" - A Book and a Hug

February 2, 2013

The Literary Review blog - Charlene

"From the pomp and circumstance of the French Poodle Royal Court to the basket loaded with hundreds of blankets, this adorable book will have any little reader wagging her or his imaginary tail. Young readers will first be introduced to the characters in the upcoming book, which gives the work a “live play” feel and further adds to the theatrical magic of the tale." - The Literary Review blog

January 15, 2013

NetGalley Review - Susan Thacker-Gwaltney, Educator

"Perfect title for creating readers theater or other fluency activities!" - NetGalley Review

January 21, 2013


NetGalley Review - Rebekka Hanson

"Very cute book, and not just because I'm partial to poodles!  The illustrations are charming and the story is simple and well-told." - NetGalley Review

February 8, 2013

All Aboard blog - Theresa

"For all of those animal loving children this book - and the series - are super fun reads." - All Aboard blog

May 16, 2013

NetGalley Review - Dawn Murden

"I will probably look to add it because I like to have multiple versions of fables and fairy tales for my students to compare. . . .Great illustrations." - NetGalley Review

January 8, 2013


Books Beside My Bed blog - Karen

"This is adorable and poodles in dresses make me smile. Gullain has a author's note with the history of the Princess and the Pea, plus a writing prompt asking kids how they would make the story uniquely theirs. It would make a great classroom book or library find for children who know the original story and want a twist." - Books Beside My Bed blog

December 5, 2012

NetGalley Review - Lisa Fosburg

"This was a great book. It is a modern adaptation of "the Princess and the Pea." I loved it." - NetGalley Review

December 8, 2012

NetGalley Review - Alexandra Klaus

"The illustrations are lovely, bright and simple. The story however seemed disjointed and possibly hard to follow for readers who have never heard the original version. I wouldn't buy it unless requested. -- Alexandra Klaus NetGalley Review 1/4/2013" - NetGalley Review

January 4, 2013


Sweating the Gym While Reading a Good Book blog - Jennifer Clark

"Kj liked the pictures of the poodles.  This story had her when it featured dogs.  The only things better would have been horses.  She loved how the princess had to climb a ladder to get in her bed and when she woke up she was sooooo tired.  When I was done reading her the story she wanted to hear more.  Over all it was a winner with her." - Sweating the Gym While Reading a Good Book blog

January 3, 2013

Books Bravo Has Read blog - Sharon

"Good for use in as fractured fairy tale compare/contrast lesson." - Books Bravo Has Read blog

March 21, 2013

NetGalley Review - Whitney Astbury

"This book was a very sweet retelling of a classic children's story, replacing animals with people. . . .the perfect length for a bedtime read." - NetGalley Review

January 20, 2013


Learning and Growing the Piwi Way blog

"...a short and easy to read book for early readers. The Piwis thought it was pretty funny especially the Prince Poodle." - Learning and Growing the Piwi Way blog

February 22, 2013

NetGalley Review - Meg Clancy

"Here's a different twist on the Princess and the Pea story.  The illustrations are lovely and the story line endearing for children and dog lovers." - NetGalley Review

November 19, 2012

YA Reads blog - Nichole

"I want you all to know how adorable this book is, and to encourage all of you to go buy or borrow this book for your young ones to read. Not only will they love the story itself, but they will adore the pictures and colors! How cute! Loved it!" - YA Reads blog

December 16, 2012


Books Your Kids Will Love blog - Sara

"...a delightful retelling of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea where all the characters are dogs instead of poodles. This is an adorable book that kids will love.  The pictures are cute and silly and the story is very simple." - Books Your Kids Will Love blog

February 7, 2013

NetGalley Review - Kathryn Behlmer

"I am a big fan of fractured fairy tales and always did a unit on them with my 3rd graders, so I am always interested in new versions. This version, though, is too simple with nothing changed from the original fairy tale other than the main characters are dogs. The illustrations were also very simple, almost amateurish, and did not contribute anything to the story. -- Kathryn Behlmer NetGalley Review 12/3/2012" - NetGalley Review

December 3, 2012

NetGalley Review - Misty Hazard, Librarian

"A cute take on the Princess and the Pea." - NetGalley Review

January 17, 2013


NetGalley Review - Jennifer Johnson Spence

"Both the kids & parents love this funny spin on fairy tales." - NetGalley Review

July 5, 2013

NetGalley Review - Emily Heintz

"Very cute! . . .a good summary for young readers, especially those just starting to read independently." - NetGalley Review

May 12, 2013

NetGalley Review - Rebecca Beltran

"My 3 1/2 year old daughter loved it and was very entertained." - NetGalley Review

April 30, 2013


Enchanting Children's Book Reviews blog - Jen McNamara

"A spin on a classic fairy tale, The Poodle and the Pea is a delightful story that will captivate any child." - Enchanting Children's Book Reviews blog

February 8, 2013

Books for Kids blog - Dena McMurdie

"It is a short and sweet retelling of an old tale. . . .worth the read." - Books for Kids blog

February 1, 2013

NetGalley Review - Becky Taylor

"This was a good retelling of the classic story. . . .I read this one to the students and they all got a kick out of it." - NetGalley Review

May 31, 2013


On My Bookshelf blog - Allison

"The illustrations are cute, and my six-year-old enjoyed the story…" - On My Bookshelf blog

February 6, 2013

What's Carol Reading? Blog - Carol Hirsche

"This book is exactly what you would expect from the title - a canine version of the classic fairytale The Princess and the Pea. Cute illustrations and a clever re-telling make this fractured fairytale one young children are sure to enjoy!" - What's Carol Reading? Blog

January 5, 2013

2 Gliterary Girls blog - Sara M. O'Connor

"This sweet take on the classic The Princess and the Pea is perfect for your early reader or preschooler." - 2 Gliterary Girls blog

January 14, 2013


Jelly Bean Moments blog - Tonya Wagoner

"This adaptation by Charlotte Guillain of the beloved story is a cute one to read to a little girl." - Jelly Bean Moments blog

February 7, 2013

NetGalley Review - Jay Johns

"Children will love this little story of the poodle and the pea, and it's great illustrations." - NetGalley Review

April 17, 2013

Confessions of a Female Bookaholic blog - Holly

"An interesting take on the classic fairytale, "The Princess and the Pea," involving dogs. I thought this was really cute." - Confessions of a Female Bookaholic blog

January 27, 2013


NetGalley Review - Renee Burton

"Adorable retelling of that famous story, The Princess and the Pea. The illustrations are so cute. . . .If I had any little girls in my family I would be gifting this for birthdays and/or Christmas!" - NetGalley Review

January 10, 2013

Kid Lit Reviews blog - Suzanne Morris

"The Animal Fairy Tales are perfect for pre-K children. . . .Each book introduces young children to well-known and classic fairy tales and should get kids excited about reading; an important goal for preschool youngsters." - Kid Lit Reviews blog

June 21, 2013

NetGalley Review - Elizabeth Nicolini, Librarian

"This one will be going in our library's collection, what is better than dogs and fairy tales!" - NetGalley Review

January 24, 2013

Charlotte Guillain

Charlotte Guillain

Charlotte Guillain worked as a bookseller, an English teacher and an editor before becoming an author. She has written more than 100 books, both fiction and non-fiction. She always wanted to be a writer and her top tip is to read as much as you can.

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