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Don't Let the Peas Touch!

Written by Deborah Blumenthal

Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering


It’s not sisterhood... it’s war! Here’s a wonderful story book containing three stories for two siblings to share – even if it’s the ONLY thing they do together!

If Annie decides to cook, then Sophie refuses to eat. If Annie wants quiet, then Sophie makes NOISE. If Annie gets a pet, then Sophie has to have one too. Each clash builds until one sister finds a solution - and their clever resolutions of these everyday childhood conflicts will leave children and parents laughing out loud, as well as newly inspired for their own sibling skirmishes!

Timothy Basil Ering brings all the color and verve of Frog Belly Rat Bone and The Tale of Despereaux to this, his first “domestic” picture book, and the results are spectacular. Don’t Let the Peas Touch is a must for big kids and their bratty little brothers and sisters - and for younger children and their bossy older siblings - alike.


Reviews and Awards

⋆"Three personable stories chronicle the authentically thorny relationship between Sophie and her older sister, Annie.… These gently shaped slice-of-life stories fairly vibrate with personality, and that personality is usually that of forceful little Sophie, whether she's holding her meat up to the light is wary search of fat and gristle or helpfully leading her toy animals in a very quiet circus while her sister studies. Sprightly natural dialog captures the true, not always fond, tone of sisterly exchanges and careful word choice makes the simple sentences a quiet triumph of rhythmic exposition.… The vivid colors and changing layouts, ranging from spot art to vignettes of spreads, provide a rollicking visual cadence, while the sharp lines of the face add emotional punctuation to the scenes." - Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of sisterhood are perfectly captures in this trio of tales.… The pencil, pen and acrylic illustrations are lively and winsome and the cheerful palette reflects the upbeat tone. Moments of high drama explode across the page and eyebrows speak volumes in Ering's witty artwork. The dynamics of sibling relationships, both mundane and meaningful, are expertly captured so expect some heartfelt sighs from both adult readers and young listeners alike." - School Library Journal

"Here's a right-on picture of a close, if not always smooth, relationship that will make knowing readers grin" - Kirkus Reviews

"Original and entertaining, the stories express strong feelings as well as subtle nuances in sibling relations. The artwork explores the same emotional range with equal finesse." - Booklist

"Three brief tales of two sisters add up to one warm and wise picture book. Annie and her younger sister, Sophie, are as different as can be.… As readers get to knew these energetic girls, they'll likely relate to the universal themes here: sibling rivalry, age-appropriate responsibility, and good, old-fashioned bratty bickering."Publishers Weekly 


Purchase Options
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Fall 2004
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-27732-X
Price: $15.95/$21.99
Trim Size: 9" x 11"
Page Count: 48
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes