Much more than a tale of sweet indulgence, Prince in a Pastry Shop touches on a fundamental question important to us all: what does it mean to be happy? Is happiness to be found in the smallest, most visceral of experiences like eating a sugar-dusted doughnut? Can we truly experience happiness while there is suffering in the world? Is there a great cosmic balance that demands for every happy moment there also be a moment of sorrow? Can we be happy knowing that it's a fleeting condition? Can we really know and understand happiness while we're experiencing it? 'Happiness is nothing but trouble,' says the Prince. For Prickly Pear, happiness simply tastes like a cupcake or profiterole. Writer Marek Bienczyk, the winner of the Nike prize, the most important literature award in Poland, joins with the brilliant Polish illustrator Joanna Concejo whose detailed pencil drawings create a wonderland, where sitting at a cafe table morphs into a dreamscape with animals, a borderland between.