ALL PIGS ARE BEAUTIFUL by Dick King-Smith

ALL PIGS ARE BEAUTIFUL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Allowing that his favorite was fierce-looking Monty, a 600- pound "large white" who had ten "wives" and was a "pushover" who loved to have his head scratched, the author of Babe, the Gallant Pig (1985) ruminates companionably about the habits and characters of pigs. Onetime farmer King-Smith treats his subject with perspicacity; this may be a paean to pigs, embellished with amusing "things a pig might be saying" ("Don't you dare pick up one of my babies"), but it's not sentimental; he even observes that a sow may accidentally squash her own young. And there's a sly subtext: pigs are wonderfully varied in size, shape, and color, and also, in many ways the author details, a lot like people--"But all pigs are beautiful." Jeram picks up King-Smith's affection and enthusiasm with humorously limned porcines in vigorous pen lines dappled with soft watercolors. Entertaining and genuinely informative: the best yet in the uneven new "Read and Wonder" series. (Picture book. 4+)
Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-56402-148-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1993




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