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That Extraordinary Pig of Paris

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Monsieur Cochon is not just any pig. He is a pig of Paris, and that means he dresses well. He loves to eat, of course, but he has refined taste. His good taste won't help when Monsieur Decouper comes after him. With the help of his sidekick Henri Le Faim, Decouper is determined to turn Monsieur Cochon into saugsages!

A debonair Parisian pig finds himself in great danger when he falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous butcher.

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Overview

Monsieur Cochon is not just any pig. He is a pig of Paris, and that means he dresses well. He loves to eat, of course, but he has refined taste. His good taste won't help when Monsieur Decouper comes after him. With the help of his sidekick Henri Le Faim, Decouper is determined to turn Monsieur Cochon into saugsages!

A debonair Parisian pig finds himself in great danger when he falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous butcher.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schotter's tongue-in-cheek, er, make that tongue-in-jowl, tale of a less-than-prudent pig whose appetite nearly lands him in the sausage section will be of particular delight to Francophiles. The author clearly adores the culture (especially the edible portion of it) and takes particular glee in assigning her characters names with double entendres. Unable to resist the temptation of Mademoiselle Le Sucre's delicious pastries, Monsieur Cochon visits her bakery, which is perilously close to the charcuterie, and falls into the clutches of the evil butchers, Monsieur Decouper and Henri La Faim. Fortunately, he's not fated for the plate--instead, he's rescued by a veritable army of furred and feathered friends. Though at times it nearly lapses into a treatise on the virtues of vegetarianism, Schotter's tale remains a pleasing romp. Catalano's colored-pencil sketches are full of slyly humorous detail, from the portrait of Maman pig hanging on the porcine hero's wall to his very proper attire--trotter spats and the de rigueur beret. Voila! Fun for all. Ages 4-8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A long-winded, ridiculous story. Monsieur Cochon, a vegetarian pig, braves the streets of Paris in search of pastries. An evil butcher captures him; the valiant creature is about to be slaughtered when his animal friends come to the rescue. The text is tedious, wordy, and lacking in humor. Most children will be utterly bored by it, and the references to unfamiliar foods (truffles, terrines, pts, macaroons) will flummox them. Although a ``menu'' of French terms-with translations and pronunciations-is included (oddly, it appears on the verso of the title page), it is woefully incomplete. Of the leading characters, only Monsieur Cochon's name is listed. Non-French speakers will miss Schotter's puns-the butcher is Monsieur Dcouper (``Mr. Cut''), his assistant is Henri La Faim (``Henry Hunger''), and the pastry-shop owner is Mademoiselle Le Sucre (``Miss Sugar''). Inconsistent with the other characters, Madame Sparrow is given an English name. In a glaring typo, ``Tuilleries'' is spelled with an extra ``l.'' Catalano's pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor illustrations are of the childish, coloring-book variety. Skip this one.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Hazel Rochman
Monsieur Cochon (Mr. Pig) loves to eat. With a lorgnette on his snout, he strolls through the boulevards and lanes of an old-fashioned Paris, savoring the smells of freshly baked bread and the sight of crisp vegetables. What he can't stand to see is his fellow Parisians dining on animal flesh. He's a vegetarian. He feeds his bird and animal friends, and like a French Robin Hood, he secretly frees the caged creatures in the pet shop. But food is Monsieur Cochon's undoing, and blinded by his passion for cake, he falls into the trap of the greasy butcher who can't wait to hang the pig from a hook and cure him. Luckily, Monsieur Cochon is rescued by all his friends, including the matronly donkey, who kicks the butcher's derriere. The leisurely story and the tone of Parisian joie de vivre may be more appealing to adults than to kids, but the French words (explained in a glossary with a pronunciation guide) do help create a world. Catalano's illustrations, in rosy pink and soft brown shades of pastel, color pencil, and watercolor, pick up the gentlemanly character of the pig in beret, bow tie, and vest, and also the farce of the rescue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399220234
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/1994
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.32 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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