Kirkus Reviews QR Code
OUR PRINCIPAL PROMISED TO KISS A PIG by Kalli Dakos

OUR PRINCIPAL PROMISED TO KISS A PIG

By Kalli Dakos (Author) , Alicia DesMarteau (Author) , Carl DiRocco (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8075-6629-2
Publisher: Whitman

Read 10,000 books this year, challenges Principal Ms. Juliet, and she will kiss a pig. Dakos and DesMarteau’s principal, who will go to great lengths to get her charges to read, has already pulled some odd stunts, though kissing a pig is an invitation to make a child’s heart sing. The narrator has volunteered her pig Hamlet—a Shakespeare spouter of his own design—to get the buss. He cribs and tweaks some famous lines to register his disapproval: “To kiss, or not to kiss, / The principal in school? / Why choose a pig / To be their fool?” When Hamlet’s eyes fall on the fair Juliet, however, he suddenly becomes much more interested. She gasps, then delivers on her promise. DiRocco’s artwork is fittingly busy and possesses good Elizabethan costumery and lots of funny detail. Would that the references for Hamlet’s self-styled lines at the end contained a more complete rendering of the source material. Still, an interesting twist on a familiar event. (Picture book. 4-8)