Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author and writer of children's fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling, which have become much-loved classics around the world. Maja Dusikova was born in Slovakia in 1946. She has illustrated over forty books for children. She lives with her family in Florence, Italy.
The Princess and the Pea is a timeless classic fairy tale that has been done over and over again. Though this version is similar to the rest, it's the delightful illustrations that set this book apart. Illustrator Maja Dusikova has created a realistic feel to the story which is hard to duplicate. The illustrations are soft and charming, keeping up with the time period of castles and the unique characters you would find in them. The detail makes the reader feel as if they were apart of the story, wondering if the princess who arrived is really who she says she is. Though the pea tells the truth, in order for her to feel it, it must be made of steel. A wonderful book fit for readers young and old.