Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise
By Leo Landry
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618448869, 32pp.)
Publication Date: May 2005
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Welcome to the world’s smallest circusstarring the Tender Tiny Peasin this charming, one-of-a-kind fantasy that reveals there can be much more to a child’s dinnertime than meets the adult eye.
This is the perfect book for every parent who has ever tried to get a toddler to eat and every toddler who has refused.
Master minimalist Leo Landry once again shares the power of secret worlds in this unique fantasy for young children. A love of the moon and all things Apollo originated in Leo’s childhood. He says he has distinct memories of playing a recording of the first moon landing while jumping off the front porch. He and his family live in Easton, Massachusetts.
"The small, square design is a neat but ample canvas for the pea-sized acrobatics, and Ivy Louise, a daffier variant of a Joan Walsh Anglund child, is a benevolently godlike participant-observer in the fun. The watercolors, led by the fresh spring green of the "super-snappy, roly-poly" peas, are a veritable Easter basket of pastel shades." Horn Book
"What little ones will enjoy is the fantasy mischief in the pencil-and-watercolor pictures, and the funnywords about "super-snappy, roly-poly acrobats." Best of all is the small child's secret world, which adults know nothing about." Booklist, ALA
"Landry’s watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are simple and uncluttered, but very effective, enabling readers to focus on the action. The Tender Tiny Peas are framed by curved lines and borders that emphasize the circus theme, and dramatic colors enhance their performances. This book is a great storytime choice for small groups or as a one-on-one read-aloud. Children will want to know what happens tomorrow night when Ivy Louise has bananas." School Library Journal