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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, 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.
|Product dimensions:||12.02(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.38(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.