The Cherry Pie Princess

By Vivian French, Marta Kissi (Illus)

Synopsis

It's not much fun being a princess: you have to be prim, proper and obedient. Princess Peony lives in a world full of magical creatures - hags, trolls, giants and fairy godmothers - but her father's strict rules leave her feeling bored and lonely.

She wants to learn how to do things, and cooking's at the top of her list. But when Peony borrows a recipe book from the public library, the king has the old librarian who tried to help her arrested for speaking out of turn. Can Peony stand up to her father and make things right?

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Review

Treat yourself to some comedy in The Cherry Pie Princess by Vivian French illustrated by Marta Kissi * Armadillo * "The story features princess peony, who wants to step out of her prim and proper role and learn to do things for herself." * Scots Magazine * Engaging characters, plenty of humour and a smattering of magic combine in this contemporary fairy tale. With short chapters, expressive black-and-white illustrations and a witty plot, it will delight confident independent readers. * BookTrust * "This is an enjoyable, funny fairy story with a very likeable title character." * Primary Times * "[...] a heroine worth reading about." * The School Librarian *

Author Biography

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed picture book The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. Vivian teaches on the illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. She lives in Edinburgh. Follow Viv on Twitter under the handle @fivekingdoms, or visit her at her website: www.vivianfrench.com.

Marta Kissi is a new and exciting talent in the world of children's book illustration. She studied illustration and animation at Kingston University - graduated in 2010, and completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2012. Her previous work for Walker includes covers for Tanya Landman's junior fiction series, Flotsam and Jetsam, and the UK jacket for Better Nate Than Ever. She lives in London. Follow Marta on Twitter under the handle @MartaDlugolecka, or visit her at her website: www.kissikissi.com.