Book Review: The Runaway Pea Left Behind by Kjartan Poskitt

“We’re on the way back from a big shopping trip, but the bag’s caught a nail and it’s started to rip. Dropetty PLOP! Now what could that be? All on his own it’s a left-behind pea.”

Set to be published on 22nd July, The Runaway Pea Left Behind by Kjartan Poskitt sees disaster strike when Pea falls out of the shopping bag. Is this the end? Is it ALL OVER FOR PEA?! Of course it’s not! Follow Pea as he journeys across the city on a skateboard, and bus, and even on the wings of a passing-by bird – and has the adventure OF A LIFETIME! Sometimes it pays to be small.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Runaway Pea Left Behind is a funny adventure that is amusing for both reader and listener. With lots of onomatopoeia, there are many words for parents to emphasis and have fun with, making this such an exciting experience to share together.

Poskitt’s rhythmic prose is so much fun to read and young listeners will laugh out loud at Pea’s entertaining journey. The illustrations by Alex Wilmore are also brilliant and I loved the layout of the pages as Pea pings from one obstacle to another.

This is a book that I would be happy to read over and over again, and there are already two other books in the series to start collecting.

Pea may be small, but his story is epic.


The Runaway Pea Left Behind by Kjartan Poskitt
Release Date: 22nd July 2021
Print Length: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Reading age: ‎ 3 years and up
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s

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