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Hungry for a funny, fabulous story? Join a lean and mangy wolf as he pigs out on an extraordinary performance — in an extraordinary book! With Swine Lake , Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Maurice Sendak brings to life a delightful story that was begun by James Marshall before his death. It's a lively, tongue-in-cheek tale about a wolf who, to satisfy his appetite, attends a ballet performed by an all-pig troupe...and is satiated instead by the dancers' grace and talent.
This story begins with a wolf wandering through an unfamiliar part of town in search of a tasty afternoon snack. When he stumbles upon a theater packed with pigs, the hungry wolf can't believe his good fortune: The Boarshoi Ballet is performing Swine Lake. The wolf secures a ticket and finds his seat, happily realizing that "It's only a short leap onto the stage." But as he eyes his prey — and the pigs begin dancing — he becomes entranced by the story that's being told. Mesmerized by swines twirling and whirling and leaping across the stage, the scheming, mangy wolf is transformed into a ballet aficionado. And in the end, he too takes the stage — uninvited — in a dazzling impromptu performance.
A fun, rollicking tale, Swine Lake is filled with clever puns, hilarious descriptions, and, of course, Maurice Sendak's magical illustrations. With his whimsical humor and remarkable vision, Sendak brings the Boarshoi Ballet delightfully to life. From the characters' costumes and surroundings to all their expressions and actions, imaginative details can be found everywhere.Forexample, the building where the pigs are performing is named the "New Hamsterdam Theater," and a photo of one of the dancers is labeled "Monsieur Franche de Lard." There's no end to the delights Swine Lake brings...and children of all ages will dance with joy as they read it!
Reading level: All ages