Ace: The Very Important Pig

Overview

Meet Ace, Babe's great-grandson, who also gets a new cover from Knopf Paperbacks this season. "
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
An IRA/CBC Children's Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.  

Farmer Tubbs' amazing pig, Ace of Clubs, eventually winds up on television for his cleverness.

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Overview

Meet Ace, Babe's great-grandson, who also gets a new cover from Knopf Paperbacks this season. "
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
An IRA/CBC Children's Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.  

Farmer Tubbs' amazing pig, Ace of Clubs, eventually winds up on television for his cleverness.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Ace is an intelligent, lovable, unlikely pig hero...King-Smith's delightful animal fantasy is lightly satirical, poking fun at human pretensions in the foibles of the animal characters" —School Library Journal, starred review.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once again, King-Smith recounts the adventures of a highly unusual pig in this fanciful sequel to Babe: The Gallant Pig , which introduces Babe's great-grandson Ace. Much to the amazement of the other barnyard animals, Ace understands the language of human beings and, although his own vocabulary is limited to a few snorts, squeals and grunts, communicates quite well with his owner, Farmer Tubbs. As time goes by, Ace starts to act more like a person than a pig. He sits in the farmer's most comfortable chair, watches educational TV, rides in the front seat of the truck and even visits the local pub. When word of the remarkable pig spreads throughout the countryside and Ace becomes a celebrity, fame does not go to his head. In the end he is content to lead a quiet life on the farm. Readers will recognize many parallels between this book and its predecessor, yet fresh characterizations and new plot twists prevent old concepts from growing stale. Emerging as a gentle parody of human behavior, this winsome story is sure to warm hearts and bring smiles. Ages 7-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Ace is an intelligent, lovable, unlikely pig hero, similar to his ancestor Babe: The Gallant Pig (Crown, 1985). Ace is distinguished from his littermates by a black mark in the shape of a club from a deck of cards, and also by his ability to understand human speech. The lonely, good-natured Farmer Tubbs is used to talking to his animals, but he is amazed when this young piglet makes his wants known with different grunts. With the help of the clever house cat and by flattering a fat corgi, Ace gains entry to the house and makes himself comfortable watching the magic television box. Despite the fame that he achieves, the pig remains unspoiled and content with the simple pleasures: his animal friends and a good television show viewed from the comfort of his favorite armchair. King-Smith's delightful animal fantasy is lightly satirical, poking fun at human pretensions in the foibles of the animal characters. The division of the book into 14 short chapters makes it particularly appropriate as an introduction to longer fiction and well suited to teachers looking for read-aloud fiction. --Yvonne Frey, Peoria Pub . Schools, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679819318
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 624,909
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals.  After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites.  He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does.  Among his well-loved books is Babe, The Gallant Pig , which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.  

Dick currently lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.  

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Table of Contents

A Pig with a Mark 1
A Pig with a Gift 7
A Pig and a Goat 16
A Pig and a Cat 24
A Pig with a Plan 36
A Pig and a Dog 45
A Pig in the House 54
A Pig and the Television 63
A Pig in a Pickup 73
A Pig in a Pub 81
A Pig in an Armchair 94
A Pig in the Papers 105
A Pig on the Stage 116
A Very Important Pig 130
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2008

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    Ace The very Important Pig

    The book is very well written! I give props to the author and editor! I don't remember too much about the book because I read it in elementary school. I do remember the one part that stuck in my mind was when Ace was pulled over by the cops. This seems to be becoming a bigger problem, even today, maybe not with animals, though. Anyways, I really love pigs and enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Ace the Very Important Pig Is A Hit

    Ace the very important pig is about a pig and a famer. The famer's name is Farmer Tubbs and the pig's name is Ace. My favorite chapter is when Ace goes on t.v.! That is funny. My favorite chapter is also a pig in a pub. Ace goes to thebar with Farmer Tubbs. Ace has too much cider,and they get stopped by the policeman. They have to get a drug test. I love 'Ace the Very Important Pig!'

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