Captain Small Pig

Captain Small Pig


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A charming story of family and a day on the water
Out on Blue Lake with his parents Old Goat and Turkey, Small Pig is ready for an adventure. “I’m Captain Commander!” Small Pig said. “Aye aye, Captain Small Pig!” yawned Old Goat. “You are in charge of this boat!” But Small Pig soon tires of rowing and falls asleep. Before they know it, the boat is drifting across the lake, and grumpy Turkey is in for a soaking!
Martin Waddell’s quirky tale, coupled with Susan Varley’s evocative illustrations, makes for a gentle bedtime story filled with quiet adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561459827
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Martin Waddell is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including Captain Small Pig, Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? and Owl Babies. He received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004 and is a two-time winner of the Smarties Book Prize. He lives in Northern Ireland.

Susan Varley is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including The Boy Who Thought He Was a Teddy Bear, Captain Small Pig,The Monster Bed, and The Monster Storm (both written by Jeanne Willis). She is also the author-illustrator of Badger’s Parting Gifts, which has sold more than a half a million copies worldwide and received numerous awards. Varley lives in England.

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Captain Small Pig 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dpiacun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Captain Small Pig is about three friends going out on a boat one day. The pig wants to do all these things, Turkey always says no, but Goat always supports Pig. It's a good book talking about friendship and being willing to care for a friend instead of doing what you want.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set sail for adventure on the "high seas" with Small Pig, Old Goat, and Turkey as they chart a course for showing what the meaning of friendship is all about. Illustrations remind me of Charlotte' Web, but the story is all its own.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A marvelous book that operates on two levels: a charming children's bedtime story recounting a day messing about in a boat; and, for the adult reader, a deeply insightful exploration of the Freudian construction of the self. Small Pig (the id), Old Goat (the ego), and Turkey (the superego) spend a day at Blue Lake (the timestream of the phenomenal world); the red rowboat in which they float is, unmistakeably, a metaphor for the self. From the outset, the id runs rampant, proposing its immediate gratification; the superego says no; the ego finds a way forward, channeling the id's energy. Indeed, it is always the id, supplemented by forces external to the self (the currents of time) that propels the self on its journey - although, when the id is allowed to take charge, the self goes in circles. Ultimately, the superego receives its comeuppance, an embarrassment that enacts all the superego's sense of unworthiness; though even here, the ego's primary concern is not to salve the superego, but to avoid waking the by now sated and sleepy id. That the authors intend this interpretation is signaled not just by the interpretive problems it solves -- for example, how to explain the ambiguity of Old Goat and Turkey's relationship -- are they husband & wife? a same-sex couple? -- but, as it happens, their ungendered intimacy is merely a reflection of their being two parts of the same self -- but also for the work's wise affirmation of the value of messing about in boats as an ideal therapy, a way to reconcile the id, ego, and superego into a harmonious whole. Other readers have surely observed that the clothes of the protagonists are of the fin de siecle style; Captain Small Pig, Old Goat, and Turkey would look wholly unexceptional on the streets of Vienna in 1900. It can hardly be a mistake that the story concludes with the id fast asleep, clutching the highly symbolic boot (the sole catch drawn from the timestream of the day), a reification of the dreams that the vanished ego and superego must be experiencing together in the realm of the unconscious. Highly recommended.