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Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod
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Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling

Peas in a Pod 

Tania McCartney & Tina Snerling

Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg are quintuplets. Since birth, they’ve done everything the same — cry, eat, sleep, sit. But as they get a little older, things start to change. Now they want to do things differently — very differently. Can Mum and Dad keep their little girls as matching peas in a pod, or will those five very individual personalities win out in the end?

Gorgeous illustrations perfectly complement this simple yet highly entertaining storyline. Sure to be enjoyed by kids and their parents!

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, editor, illustrator and founder of highly regarded children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Her previous titles with Tina Snerling are Peas in a PodTottie and Dot, and the bestselling An Aussie Year.

Tina Snerling is an illustrator, graphic designer, creator and Mother. She is privileged to spend the most part of her days daydreaming out her sundrenched window, while creating worlds that allow her to travel anywhere without leaving her studio. 

Specifications: Hardback 245 x 255 mm 


Educating Young People, March 2017

"... a wonderful book to use in the classroom or at home to teach children about uniqueness and finding the real you"

Kiss The Book, April 2016

"This is an adorable picture book with many themes running through the storyline ... The final pages are bold with color and personality depicting individuality.  We loved this book!"

The School Librarian, December 2015

I have an instinctive resistance to bright pink book covers, but this one won me over … full of humourous detail, which rewards close study and rereading.  In a crowded market this stands out.”


Department of Education and Communities - Scan Magazine, December 2015


“…celebrates diversity. Ideal for investigating PDHPE K-6 syllabus outcomes…this amusing and fancifully illustrated picture book may also lead to a study of idoms and alliteration”

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The Pirate Tree, October 2015


"A great story about difference and conformity, told from within a family about siblings but nevertheless, with implications that confront this same petty compulsion that grows out of our social interaction with the world, our countries, our cultures."

The Big Hair Blog, October 2015


"These five little ladies are delightful! "


Early Childhood Teacher's Association, October 2015


“Peas In A Pod would be a wonderful story to use in the classroom or at home to teach young children (aged 3-7) about uniqueness and finding the real you”

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West Australian, September 2015


"I loved this book’s lovely pink cover and drawings..all the girls want to be different. I’m a twin so I understand the importance of this.” Mia Templeman 5


The Bottom Shelf, August 2015


This is a wonderful way to talk to students about not only finding their inner self, but having the courage to stay true to it….Loved it!"

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Creative Kids Tales, August 2015


Your little pea will adore this book and watching the quintuplets grow, develop and express their individual personalities”.

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Buzzwords, July 2015


“this gorgeous story is a thought-provoker and can certainly be used as a point of discussion about personal identity and how children define themselves.”

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Book Tent, July 2015


“This is one of the finest children’s books I have read about expressing your own individualism”

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The Daily Telegraph, July 2015


“a must read to teach children, and their parents the importance of being themselves”

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Tickle the Imagination, July 2015


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Kids on the Coast, July 2015


“a great tool for teaching young children about uniqueness and why being you is the best thing ever”

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Kirkus, United States, June 2015


Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Tina Snerling

Review Issue Date: July 1, 2015
Online Publish Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher:EK Books
Pages: 32
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-921966-71-2
Category: Picture Books

"Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly, and Peg are as alike as the title would indicate: poppets with naturally curly hair, button-dot features, and patches of color on their cheeks.They behave the same in all things, including spilling their milk, eating (rather messily), and squinching up their eyes while using the potty (an extremely discreet image; only the stray rolls of toilet paper indicate what is going on). And they sleep, each and all, on their backs, each holding a small bunny stuffie and sucking on one little finger. This cannot last, and as they grow older, they throw off the shackles of parental unanimity, starting with their hair: one always wears a crown; another does hers in multiple braids; one uses colored hair gel to great effect; and so on. It doesn't take long for the quints to choose their own clothes, their own hobbies and activities (guitar, painting, knitting, reading, electronic doodads), and their own dreams. When readers see them last, however, they are snuggled all in the same bed with their bunnies and one finger in each mouth, just as when they were babies. Bright color and lively line define their hair and their other attributes as the five figures inhabit the white space of the backgrounds.Adorable—that just about sums it up. (Picture book. 4-7) "

Deescribe, June 2015


“I love the gentle humour in the text and the way the vibrant illustrations lead young readers through the story, encouraging them make a stand, to be who they are, to be who they want to be.”

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Tania McCartney talking to Kim Kleidon from ABC Tropical North , June 2015


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The Mummy Project, June 2015


“It’s a beautiful book which explains to kids the importance of being their own person and not following other people. This is an especially important message for young girls who can feel peer pressure from their friends to conform and be the same as others in their group of friends. This book helps parents encourage kids to explain that being an individual is something special.”

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Honey Bee Books, June 2015


“Peas in a Pod is such a fun story about five little girls trying to discover their own identity and what makes them unique. We are all too often surrounded by pressures to be the same and conform but this picture book encourages us to explore our individuality and celebrate what makes us special and unique.”

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Boomerang Blog, June 2015


“'Peas in a Pod' is a refreshing, enchanting story of celebrating individuality and allowing personalities to shine. Children from age three will take great pleasure in duplicating their experience with these mischievous sisters and stunning illustrations again and again and again… Some things are just meant to be the same!”

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Kids' Book Review, May 2015


With strategically simple text, a dash of humour, stirred with stunning illustrations, blended together with the touching theme of identity and discovering what makes us all special… and wrapped up in a striking hot-pink cover… could there be a better recipe for a children's picture book?!

Peas in a Pod is a fresh look at the importance of celebrating individuality and encouraging children to shine for just being themselves. As these five little girls discover they have five very different and wonderfully individual personalities, they begin to celebrate their gifts and abilities, their likes and dislikes, their hobbies and their dreams.

Parents and children everywhere will be able to identify with this charming story, while parents and teachers will find this book a valuable resource. With vibrant yet simple text, Peas in a Pod is easy to follow and most 6-year-olds plus will relish the opportunity to read the story by themselves.

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The Haven, May 2015


“high on visual delight, showcase the strength and wit of girls, in a way that is both charming and empowering”

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