I Don't Want to Be a Pea!

I Don't Want to Be a Pea!

Illustrated by: Simon Rickerty
For Ages: 2 - 6
  • 3
If Hugo Hippo and Bella Bird are going to make it to their costume party, they simply must learn to agree! A bright and cheerful picture book about friendship and compromise.

Hugo Hippo has a best bird. Bella Bird has a best hippo. They make a perfect pair, and they are going to the Fairy Tale Dress-Up party together, of course: Hugo will be the princess, and Bella will be the pea.

No, wait: Bella will be the princess, and Hugo will be the pea….No, the first way. No, the second way. Wait, now, which way? If these two pals can’t agree on who will be the pea, their party plan will fall to pieces. But when a couple of surprise compromises lead to a new costume solution, Hugo and Bella learn that sometimes it feels better to make someone else happy than to get your own way—and that when it comes to friendship, they’re two peas in a pod.

Hugo and Bella mirror real-life give-and-take: Hippos and birds have symbiotic relationships in nature!
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442436145 | 
  • January 2012 | 
  • Grades P - 1

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About the Author

Ann Bonwill
photograph © Ann Bonwill

Ann Bonwill

Ann Bonwill grew up in Maryland, surrounded by books. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a crayon. The author of I Don’t Want to Be a Pea and I Am Not a Copycat!, Ann has lived in many places, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Frankfurt, Germany. She now lives in Virginia with her husband, young son, and a crazy Welsh corgi dog named Arthur.