The Princess and the Pig

The Princess and the Pig

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by Jonathan Emmett, Poly Bernatene

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There's been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer's new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it's the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch-after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm,


There's been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer's new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it's the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch-after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm, poor yet very happy, things don't turn out quite so well for Pigmella. Kissing a frog has done wonders before, but will it work for a pig?

Sure to hog all the attention, this story's frequent nods to well-known fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Princess, and Thumbelina-plus hilarious illustrations-will delight readers of any age.

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Publishers Weekly
Emmett and Bernatene have concocted a pretty much perfect fractured fairy tale, with wry, Thurberesque prose and gorgeously funny digital drawings that both embrace and wink at the genre. Once upon a time, an infant princess and a piglet inadvertently swap places. The princess grows up in a poor but doting family of farmers, matures into a sweet young woman, and ends up marrying a handsome shepherd and living happily ever after. The piglet grows up amid pretentious, clueless royalty and matures into an untamable pink menace that wreaks well-deserved havoc in the castle and is foisted on an unlucky prince. And how do the grownups involved process these events? With the refrain, "It's the sort of thing that happens all the time in books"—which proves that relying on Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina, The Prince and the Pauper, Puss in Boots, and The Frog Prince for answers is not unlike using the Internet as an unimpeachable source. Just ask the stunned prince, who discovers on the final page that "putting lipstick on a pig" has a whole new meaning. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4—When two babies are switched through the kind of outrageous scenario common in fairy tales, a princess (now Pigmella) becomes the farmer's daughter and the pig (now Priscilla) becomes royalty. Naturally the girl has a much easier time growing up on a farm than does the pig in the castle. Much time passes before the farmer's wife hears about the princess who suddenly became a pig, yet she knows immediately what has happened and sets out to reveal the truth. The queen, however, believes that this is a ploy to have the farmer's daughter marry a prince. So, the girl remains on the farm and marries a shepherd, while the pig marries the prince. They all live happily ever after (except for maybe the prince), and good prevails. Each silly situation is followed by, "It's the sort of thing that happens all the time in books," a line that young listeners will enjoy repeating. Digital art in bold colors with soft lines show a character holding a book in which that sort of thing indeed happened. Think Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina, Puss in Boots. This fractured fairy tale could easily serve well in a unit on fairy-tale tropes, and it is an entertaining read-aloud.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa

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Bloomsbury USA
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12.02(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

JONATHAN EMMETT is the author of I Love You Always and Forever. He worked as an architect before writing children's books. Jonathan is also a talented paper engineer. He lives in England with his wife, Rachel, and children Max and Laura. When not creating books, he enjoys designing and making furniture.

POLY BERNATENE has worked in advertising, animation, and comics and has published more than sixty children books in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, England, Australia, Denmark, and Taiwan.

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The Princess and the Pig 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
So what would happen if accidentally a princess switched places with a pig? You would have a crazy adventure where each of the families blames a fairy for their new predicament. If only the queen hadn’t dropped her baby, squeamish over her dirty diaper and that baby hadn’t fallen down over the balcony. Lucky though, she lands in a farmer’s cart which was loaded with straw. Her hard fall causes the piglet who was laying in the cart to leap out of the cart and fly into the castle and land into the princess’s cradle. Upon discovery, the parents each blame a fairy whether it be the good fairy for bringing a child which they could not conceive or a bad fairy for they did not invite her to the baby’s christening, for blaming a fairy is the right thing to do. The children grow and life is so different for these two children, being raised in two different households. Will it ever be discovered that they were switched and does it really matter? As the story continues, there are some tough decisions that need to be made and I have to wonder if I would make these same decisions myself. This is a great story as each family learns to accept their new situation and would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s library. The illustrations are wonderful and bring energy to the story. The characters are bright and lively and their facial expressions are marvelous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a kingdom, long ago, lived a Princess and a Pig, also known as the protagonists of the story, The Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan  Emmett. Possible Spoiler Alert: A farmer was traveling home, with a pig that he named Pigmella. He was underneath the shade of the castle. Above, the queen decided to name her baby Priscella. A stench came from the baby, and the queen dropped her off the side of  the balcony. The baby landed in the farmer’s cart and shot Pigmella, the pig, flying up to the balcony. When the farmer came home, the  baby was in the back of the cart; the farmer’s wife was very pleased with the farmer. Priscella became Pigmella, and Pigmella became  Priscella. Later, the farmer and his wife found out that the baby and the pig had switched; so they returned her to the castle, but the king  and queen refused to take her. Pigmella, the girl, went back to her home and married a shepherd, while Priscella, the pig, married a  handsome prince. The theme of this book is that it’s okay to be different. There are many examples of this theme. The princess and the pig are very  different. The princess lives in a castle, and the pig lives in a small house. The farmer and the queen are also different. The farmer is  poor; he pulls his own cart. The queen is wealthy; she has seven nannies. Another example is the farmer’s wife and the queen. The  farmer’s wife is sweet, loving, and caring. For example, when she finds the baby in the back of the cart, she loves her right away. Whereas the queen is selfish, unkind, and stuck-up. For example, she screams when her baby pooped itself, and she doesn’t take  care of her baby by herself. In the end, the farmer, his wife, and Pigmella were happy. But, the queen, her husband, and Priscilla were  not particularly happy. The illustrator is Poly Bernatene. The illustrations add to the text greatly. In the book,  The Princess and The Pig, Bernatene was able to make the words on each page come to life with her pictures. She uses a great amount of detail in each illustration, and she makes them  very precise. In one of her pictures she showed Pigmella, the girl, sitting in the grass; she is holding a doll. But, she is surrounded by  animals, birds and trees. From each leaf, to a facial expression, to each tiny piece of hay, Bernatene shows it all. She used a variety of colors and shapes. The illustrations show where the action takes place. This book has wonderful illustrations and is a beautifully written fiction book. The author did an excellent job describing in detail what  was going on. He used creative words.  Some creative words that the author used that I thought were interesting: Pity, squelching,  shriek, and christening. Those four words caught my eye when reading this picture book. I enjoyed the style that the illustrator used  for the pictures, and the style of wording the author used. From my perspective, the book was made for 5-10 year olds, although some  words might be challenging for some very young readers. This book was entertaining and fun to read, and I would recommend it to  everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago