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The Princess and the Pig

The Princess and the Pig

About the Book

Author: Jonathan Emmett

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years

Publisher: Macmillan

Price: £5.99, paperback

Review

A baby being turned into a piglet – and vice versa – is the sort of thing that is always happening in fairy tales, which explains why the respective families in this hugely enjoyable story, being classic folklore characters themselves, decide to make the best of things (as opposed to, say, investigating circumstances more deeply) when exactly this sudden transformation appears to happen to them. Or at least, they do at first… Younger children may not grasp the rather sophisticated literary in-jokes as the narrative unfolds, but Jonathan Emmett’s witty prose and Poly Bernatene’s lively images work on many levels, providing a shared reading experience that is a joy for all ages – adults included – with a subtle, underpinning moral about the value of love compared with that of wealth and status thrown in for good measure.

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