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Lady Lollipop

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"The author of BABE, THE GALLANT PIG offers another winner with this tale of a bright pig and her canny young keeper ‘training’ a spoiled princess. . . . Move over, Wilbur."— KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young trainer, Johnny Skinner, she’s the smartest pig in the entire kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop’s bright, intelligent eyes, it somehow changes them for the better. But can Lollipop ...

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Overview

"The author of BABE, THE GALLANT PIG offers another winner with this tale of a bright pig and her canny young keeper ‘training’ a spoiled princess. . . . Move over, Wilbur."— KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young trainer, Johnny Skinner, she’s the smartest pig in the entire kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop’s bright, intelligent eyes, it somehow changes them for the better. But can Lollipop win over the spoiled Princess Penelope - and her not-so-pig-friendly parents, the King and Queen? With humorous black-and-white illustrations by Jill Barton, Dick King-Smith’s tale about a special pig - and some memorable humans, too - will delight his legions of loyal fans!

A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A rude young princess who insists on a pig for her eighth birthday learns a few lessons about manners and friendship as she helps to train her new pet, Lollipop. PW called this early chapter book a "sprightly confection that dresses up a familiar plot with amusing, old-fashioned storytelling." Ages 7-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Some children are lucky enough to have everything. Soon to be eight years old, Penelope is just such a child. She is a princess, after all, and has been given everything and anything she wants. You would think that she would be happy and contented with her life. Unfortunately, having been spoiled rotten all her life, almost-eight Penelope is a bad-tempered and horrid little girl. After much pouting and foot stamping, Penelope decides that she wants her much-bullied royal father to give her a pig for her eighth birthday. What Princess Penelope ends up with is a very intelligent pig called Lollipop and an even more intelligent pig trainer and pig keeper called Johnny. It isn't long before Johnny is training more than just the pig. As for Lollipop herself, there is something very special about the pig, for one by one, first the princess, then the king, and finally the queen, all look into the pig's sweet face and see "those eyes, fringed with long white lashes and shining with intelligence," and what they see is "someone not so different from (themselves) looking back." Johnny's planning and Lollipop's cleverness and willingness to help, turns what could be a disaster into a success story. With his usual humor, evident love and understanding of pigs, and delightful storyline, Dick King-Smith has created yet another wonderful pig hero for us to enjoy. This chapter book is illustrated throughout in Jill Barton's signature black-and-white illustrations, which bring Lollipop and the human characters in this story to life so beautifully, and in many cases, so amusingly. A joy to read and re-read, this is the first book in a series about Lollipop. 2000, Candlewick Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Spoiled Princess Penelope's parents give her the pig she demands as a present for her eighth birthday. And, luckily enough for the child and her royal but ineffective parents, the endearing animal is accompanied by young Johnny Skinner, an amiable pig-keeper determined to teach the family something about manners and good sense. King-Smith's abundant affection for pigs and sure hand with dialogue keep the story buoyant, and the happy ending is never in doubt. Lollipop adapts to palace life quite quickly, thanks to Johnny's good training, and she even has a flap in the palace door so that she can get out as necessity dictates. Barton's pencil illustrations are charming and recall Ernest H. Shepard's various royal personages in A. A. Milne's Now We Are Six. The king's befuddled face and Penelope's stormy looks are delightful. Lollipop is shown with a sweetly confident expression as she goes about her pig activities, including happily depositing a bit of fertilizer on the queen's roses. The cover is inviting, and the book is handsomely designed with an open and readable typeface. An appealing read-aloud for younger children and a satisfying chapter book for those a little older.-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of Babe, the Gallant Pig (1985) offers another winner with this tale of a bright pig and her canny young keeper "training" a spoiled princess. When Princess Penelope demands a pig for her eighth birthday, her over-indulgent father requires every pig keeper in the country to assemble with a likely porcine candidate. The princess settles on Lollipop, who turns out to be the sole possession of penniless orphan Johnny Skinner. As only Johnny can get Lollipop to sit, roll over, or poop outdoors, soon lad and pig are comfortably ensconced together in a royal stall-at least until the pig can be persuaded to respond to the Princess's commands. It's only the beginning of a meteoric rise for Johnny, and for Lollipop too, as the two conspire to teach the princess civilized manners, and end up great favorites of the entire royal family. Barton (Rattletrap Car, p. 504, etc.) captures Penelope's fuming, bratty character perfectly in a generous array of line drawings, and gives Lollipop an expression of affectionate amusement that will win over readers as effortlessly as it wins over the princess and her parents. Move over, Wilbur. (Fiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763621810
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 284,916
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith says, "Each time I sit down to write an animal story, I
say to myself, ‘What sort of animal?’ and I answer, ‘Pig!’ Then I say, ‘No,
no, you’ve just done a pig story.’ So I have to wait. And I have waited.
And then along came LADY LOLLIPOP!"

Jill Barton left school at the age of sixteen and did all sorts of odd jobs until she married, had children, and stopped working outside the home.
She attended art school and graduated at the age of forty-eight with a degree in illustration. Jill Barton has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, such as WHAT BABY WANTS by Phyllis Root, and the much-beloved In the RAIN WITH BABY DUCK; YOU'RE THE BOSS, BABY DUCK!; OFF TO SCHOOL, BABY DUCK!; and BABY DUCK AND THE BAD EYEGLASSES, all written by Amy Hest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

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    i read this book in 7th grade, it's really a highschool level, but im smart like that, and i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!! i read it in one day then re-read it the reread it agian!!!! i love this book!!!!so much!!!! buy it and read it NOW!!!!!!

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    Posted April 20, 2004

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    One of the best books I've ever read in my life. It is a very funny book. it is a book about an unusual animal.

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