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Clever Lollipop
     

Clever Lollipop

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by Dick King-Smith, Jill Barton (Illustrator)
 

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Dick King-Smith delights readers again with an enchanting tale of an intelligent pig, her royal family, and one very special teacher.

Princess Penelope doesn’t know how to read, and she’s not certain she wants to learn how. But the new royal tutor, Collie Cob the Conjurer - with his long white beard, brimless top hat, and strange, multicolored

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Dick King-Smith delights readers again with an enchanting tale of an intelligent pig, her royal family, and one very special teacher.

Princess Penelope doesn’t know how to read, and she’s not certain she wants to learn how. But the new royal tutor, Collie Cob the Conjurer - with his long white beard, brimless top hat, and strange, multicolored clothing - is no ordinary teacher. Whether working with a person (like Penelope and her friend Johnny) or a pig (like Penelope’s pet, Lollipop), Collie Cob can teach anyone just about anything, almost as if by magic. Combining short, breezy chapters and abundant black-and-white illustrations, here is a winning pig tale that is sure to appeal to both early readers and the read-aloud crowd.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The porcine star of Lady Lollipop is back in Clever Lollipop by Dick King-Smith, illus. by Jill Barton, this time with a royal tutor who arrives to teach Princess Penelope and Johnny Skinner math and science and such, and even instructs Lady Lollipop in pig language. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this sequel to Lady Lollipop, Princess Penelope's new friend Johnny Skinner decides that Penelope needs to learn how to read and convinces her loving, but dim, parents, King Theophilus and Queen Ethelwynne, to engage a governess for her. After consulting her pet pig, Lollipop, who gives her "Yes" grunt in reply, Penelope decides to give the governess a try. While Miss Gristle turns out to be a striking failure (she refuses to allow pigs in her classroom!), Collie Cob, a conjuror who cures Lollipop of food poisoning, proves to be a gifted tutor, beginning each irregularly conducted class with the recitation of a charm: "The facts I'm going to learn today/Will find it hard to go away." The book is basically a meandering collection of episodes�the initial curing of Lollipop from her illness, the subsequent curing of the king from a threatening loss of appetite, Lollipop's mating with a "dark and handsome" boar and birthing of nine piglets�which doesn't build to any major climax or conclusion. But the writing is sprightly and light-hearted ("At the sight of [Penelope] the King, who had been sitting down, stood up, and the Queen, who had been standing up, sat down"), and good humor is abundant (Lollipop diligently fertilizes the queen's rosebushes with her dung on the command of "Busy!"). Barton's plentiful illustrations are a delight, especially of the tall, thin queen and short, plump king, with their matching crowns. 2003, Candlewick,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-In this sequel to Lady Lollipop (Candlewick, 2001), Princess Penelope, her friend Johnny, and their pet pig are back, taking lessons from a magician, curing the King's lack of appetite, and generally helping out around the palace. Lollipop even gives the princess a big birthday surprise, proving she is really a very clever pig. King-Smith has long been a solid author of quality fare for newly independent readers about all sorts of animals-especially pigs. This one is a pretty slight offering but will no doubt be enjoyed by his fans. Barton's humorous pencil drawings add just the right touch, and beautifully enhance the accessible format.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Princess Penelope and her pig Lollipop are learning to read. Since Johnny, the intelligent and affable pig trainer from the first installment, cannot read either, the solution is obvious. Both princess and trainer will have a governess. When Miss Thistle doesn't work out, Lollipop gets sick from eating a poisonous plant, and a miracle is needed; in steps Collie Cob, the conjuror, to save the day. Turns out, he knows more than veterinary medicine, and he teaches the whole family just what they need. Now that Penelope (called Penny by her new eccentric teacher) is no longer a spoiled brat, the story lacks some of the tension that characterized the first in the series. However, Barton's winsome pictures bring life to the story. The final illustrations promise many adventures to come as readers see a surprised Penny with proud new-mama Lollipop. Another fine choice for chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763621742
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith is the immensely popular author of many picture books and chapter books, including BABE, THE GALLANT PIG; the Sophie series, illustrated by David Parkins; and LADY LOLLIPOP, the first book in his series about a stubborn princess and an unusual pig. "When I sat down to write a sequel to LADY LOLLIPOP," he says, "all the characters were still there, but I felt that they needed a bit more magic - and so Collie Cob came along."

Jill Barton has brought her engaging style to numerous award-winning children’s books, including RATTLETRAP CAR and WHAT BABY WANTS by Phyllis Root; THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell; and the much-loved IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK; YOU'RE THE BOSS, BABY DUCK; BABY DUCK AND THE BAD EYEGLASSES; and MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK! - all written by Amy Hest.

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