Three Little Peas

Three Little Peas


Written and illustrated by Marine Rivoal
Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

The story of Three Little Peas is playful and surprising and provides a tender description of life itself. From discovery to discovery, our pea protagonists wonder at the world and brave its dangers, until they end up just where they need to be. And then—beautifully, inevitably—a new pea escapes, and this little pea makes three!

ISBN: 978-1-59270-155-1
9.5" (W) x 7.8" (H) • 48 pages • HC

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★ “Rivoal’s soft black-and-white etchings (the only color is the green of the peas) render a dreamlike, stylized depiction of vegetation that harkens back to the jungle paintings of fellow French artist Henri Rousseau. This book can only be fully appreciated by lingering on each spread, and the minimal text encourages such close looking. Flora and fauna are detailed with loving care and humor.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“Newcomer Rivoal, a French printmaker, creates b&w spreads that zoom in on growing plants with documentary immediacy. Blades of grass, radishes, drops of rain, and stalks of asparagus. … Readers can spend long stretches of time inspecting the garden and identifying the plants and animals.” —Publishers Weekly

"The story here is simple enough for a toddler to enjoy and they will love going on an adventure along with two charming green peas . . . Stunningly lovely and unique illustrations elevate this simple picture book to something magnificent." —Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells

this book takes etching to a whole different place. It’s the sort of book you open up and think, ‘how did the illustrator make these pictures?’ Thankfully, there’s a whole page in the back that explains the process.” —Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes

"Beautiful and bold etchings done by Rivoal offer readers a page-by-page, firsthand view of life on the garden floor. [...] Three Little Peas is a wonderful book for early readers preparing for a delightful spring." —Samantha D'Acunto, LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden

Author/Illustrator Marine Rivoal uses an old technique to create the illustrations for this book called etching. It’s a very involved, time consuming and fascinating process. […] In the back of the book are photographs and a full explanation of this fascinating process. These etchings create the most original illustrations with thick outlines that have a bit of a smudge-like quality to them that’s whimsical and gloriously child-like. The amount of work that went into creating each of these images is astounding. Marine’s lush garden scenes will delight children as they admire all the magical details. The bright little green peas pop off the page, among the grey scale images.” —Smart Books For Smart Kids


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