Mr. Topper, The Potbellied Pig by Liam Maher, Vanda Lavar
A fanciful story of a potbellied pig who needs a home and pretends he is lucky. After fruitless searches for warmth and a new home, finally Mr. Topper discovers he is indeed a lucky potbellied pig.
Suggested age for readers: 4-8
|Publisher:||Guardian Angel Publishing|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)|
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Mr. Topper, the Potbellied Pig based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mr. Topper the Lucky Potbellied Pig, by Liam Maher, is illustrated by Vanda Lavar, showing Mr. Topper as a beautiful, sweet-looking pig, wearing a handsome red scarf. As Janet Ann Collins observed in her review of the book, Mr. Topper the Lucky Potbellied Pig has the flavor of a folk tale, with the narrator sometimes speaking casually to the reader. Well, at first it doesn't seem as if Mr. Topper is lucky. He is caught in a blizzard with no owner, no food, and no shelter. He goes in search of "Someone who will pet and pamper me, and feed me whenever I go Oink! Oink!" This is the kind of refrain children love to join in when a story is read to them and it is repeated several times throughout the story. Hoping to find such a person, Mr. Topper has the idea to pass himself off as a lucky pig. The first two people Mr. Topper approaches, a billionaire man and a billionaire woman, are selfish and stingy. The man reminds me of the villains in the old melodrama movies; I can fairly see him twirling his mustache. The woman looks much nicer than she is. She is more concerned about keeping her carpets clean than in helping a cold and hungry creature. Finally Mr. Topper finds a kind woodcutter who takes him in. Their life together is happy until the woodcutter loses his job. And to beat all, the pig gets a tooth ache and has to go to the animal dentist to have his tooth pulled. Will Mr. Topper be able to come through on his promise of bringing good luck to his human friend? Now it appears that Mr. Topper is more clever than lucky. He uses his brains to help the woodcutter out of his difficulties. The ending is fun and very satisfying. Readers 4-8 (especially those who have lost a tooth) will enjoy the surprise ending.
Mr. Topper is a pot-bellied pig who is looking for someone to give him a good home and take care of him. He meets several people, telling each one, "If you give me a good home, pet and pamper me, and feed me whenever I go Oink! Oink! you shall have lots of very good luck." Now, this seems rather hard to believe, and not surprisingly, people don't believe Mr. Topper. Just when he is wondering if there are any kind people in the world, his luck begins to change. Can his promise of good luck come true? Vanda Lavar provides the fun, colorful illustrations on the cover and in the book, published by Guardian Angel Publishing.
Mr. Topper is a homeless potbellied pig. In real life lots of those animals are pets and he wants to become one, but his efforts to be accepted fail. Then he decides to pretend that he can bring good luck and someone actually takes him in. But when the nice man has bad luck instead of good can Mr. Topper help him? I don't want to give anything away, but Mr. Topper does find someone involved with children's lost teeth who might be able to assist him. This book reminds me of classic fairy tales and maybe that's because the author is Irish. Vanda Lavar's illustrations capture that feeling as well. I think lots of kids will love Mr. Topper the Potbellied Pig.
Mister Topper shares his woes as he searches for a home. When he finds a home with a kind, but poor woodcutter he is warm, happy, and loved. The woodcutter is down on his luck, and Mr. Topper claimed to be a lucky pig. The story book depicts a pot bellied pig that perseveres. Mr. Topper makes his own luck. Children can learn from Mr. Topper's example. By using their brain power like Mr. Topper they can make wondrous things happen. The illustrations by Vanda Lavar are ethereal; they seem to lend a mystical feeling with each illustration. I thoroughly enjoyed the marriage of art and text. I only wish there had been more illustrations to enjoy.