BEYOND THE FENCE by Maria Gulemetova

BEYOND THE FENCE

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A pig who lives in the lap of luxury learns to walk on the wild side.

Piggy is an anthropomorphic pig who lives in an imposing country house with a human boy named Thomas. Thomas dresses Piggy as he wants, makes Piggy play what he wants, and talks Piggy’s ear off. A visit from Thomas’ cousin brings Piggy some relief, and he explores outside the house, encountering Wild Pig. Wild Pig is puzzled by Piggy’s clothes but is friendly, inviting his domestic cousin for a run. Piggy declines, returning to the confinement of the home. Eventually the cousin leaves, and Piggy must bear the brunt of Thomas’ attention himself—at which point he leaves Thomas’ tea party, sheds his clothes, and goes beyond the fence to join Wild Pig. Gulemetova’s quirky little tale tantalizes with its ellipses: How does Piggy come to live with Thomas? Where are Thomas’ parents? But even as it leaves questions dangling, it entrances young readers with its expansive, atmospheric illustrations. Inside Thomas’ house it’s all straight lines and sterile rooms; outside, the horizon is far away, and green hills beckon. Though children may find the idea of a talking pet pig who does what they demand thrilling, they will also see Thomas’ cruelty and, perhaps, examine themselves for similar self-centeredness. Thomas has beige skin.

A clear message wrapped in an enigmatic story with lovely illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-84643-931-5
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Child's Play
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2018




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