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The Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan Emmett

11344755The Princess and the Pig
Jonathan Emmett
Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
2011 Walker & Company
ISBN – 9780802723345
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4.5 Stars

One day a farmer found a piglet at the market. No one wanted to buy the piglet, but the farmer felt bad for her. He named her Pigmella and put her in his wagon and started travelling home. On his way he stopped for some rest in the shade under the balcony of the castle. At that exact time the queen was spending time with her new baby daughter who she had named Priscilla. All of a sudden a strange and farty noise came from the princess’ back side. The queen set her down quickly and ran to get help.  In all of her hurry, she didn’t notice that she dropped the baby off the edge of the balcony. The baby landed in the farmer’s cart, and made the pig fly out of the cart onto the balcony. Upon this discovery both the farmer and the queen thought that fairy magic had transformed their babies into different creatures. So the princess left with the farmer to live as Pigmella, and the piglet, grew into quite an interesting princess!

This book is great. It is funny, and lighthearted. Just when you think you have it figured out, well keep reading. “It’s the sort of thing that happens all the time in books,” is the reasoning behind decisions and beliefs in this story, so that explain all of the oddities perfectly! I think this book would be absolutely perfect for story times, as kids are sure to giggle at the ensuing calamities. Also the large format/pictures, the bright colors, and the personality add to this effect. I also like that you can see brush strokes in the illustrations, I think it give the pictures some added life. So, you try to imagine a pig dressed up as a princess. Don’t tell me you didn’t just smile. Seriously awesome!

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