Editor’s Note: The illustrations in the online LOVE issue of Hunger Mountain (June 2015) are all details from Anca Sandu’s manuscript “Finding a Prince.” We learned about Anca Sandu’s work through the Katherine Paterson Prize. A picture book manuscript called “Emmeline,” written by Caroline Nastro and illustrated by Anca Sandu, was a finalist in 2013. We never forgot the charm of that story, and when we were looking for artwork for the LOVE issue, we reached out to Anca and Caroline.

Anca and Caroline are currently collaborating together on several picture books, including “Princesses Don’t Eat Peas,” a story inspired by Anca’s “Finding a Prince” illustrations.


“Princesses don’t eat peas! Princesses don’t clean their rooms! Princesses don’t help their little brother! I need a new dress and a new tiara, and I want to move to England!” –from “Princesses Don’t Eat Peas” by Caroline Nastro