Albert by Didier Levy, Coralie Gallibour |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble


by Didier Levy, Coralie Gallibour

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Enamored of his own porcine perfection, a pig named Albert is convinced that his future holds Hollywood, ``lady pigs in bikinis'' and pounds of strawberry jam. ``He would even play Superpig, taking revenge on all the world's butchers... by turning them into fat garlic sausages.'' But a well-placed banana peel soon brings him down to earth-literally. Printed on high-quality textured paper, this French import is handsome in design. Like the text, the illustrations are simple but informed by a wicked sense of glee. Albert and all his pretensions are indulgently portrayed, the smooth Hollywood star in sharp contrast to the begrimed porkers of the pigsty. Children will enjoy Albert's comeuppance almost as much as the other pigs, who laugh, dance and point with infectious abandon. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Albert the pig considers himself superior to the others in the sty. Not only does he show off, but he also taunts his peers by reading recipes for pork dishes. He daydreams about life as a movie star, when his adoring fans would swoon, voluptuous bikini-clad pigs would serve him strawberry jam, and a gorgeous actress would marry him. A slip on a banana peel brings Albert to the level of his fellow pigs, who enjoy his fall immensely. Albert is totally repulsive, both in attitude and appearance. In fact, Gallibour's illustrations are somewhat disconcerting. Albert leers and poses suggestively, and the pigs seem oddly naked in the sty, especially because Albert's daydreams all involve clothed pigs. It's hard to imagine an audience for this book, the point of which seems to be taking delight in the downfall of a despicable creature.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN

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1st American ed
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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