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"Emmett and Bernatene have concocted a pretty much perfect fractured fairy tale, with wry, Thurberesque prose and gorgeously funny digital drawings that both embrace and wink at the genre."
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"The Princess and the Pig is a story that children ages of 4-8 will delight in: both for its familiarity and its twist. Author Emmett stays true to the humorous and unique style that readers come to expect from his books."
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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 and tinkering with his website scribblestreet.co.uk

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 810 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723345
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.2 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan was born in Leicestershire, England in 1965, the son of a rig factory and a primary school teacher.

He loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including 'Where the Wild Things Are' by 'Maurice Sendak' and 'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Seuss, have had a great influence on the picture books that he now writes.

He developed his skills as a writer and illustrator while studying and working as an architect, before leaving the profession to become a children's author in 1995.

In addition to writing picture books such as 'Bringing Down the Moon', 'Someone Bigger' and 'Ruby, in Her Own Time', Jonathan also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have been translated into over thirty different languages and have won several awards both at home and in the US including the Vermont Red Clover Award and the Utah Beehive Book Award for 'The Princess and the Pig' .

He now lives in Nottingham, England with his wife Rachel, son Max, and daughter Laura.

You can find out more about Jonathan and his books at his website www.scribblestreet.co.uk

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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book thinking it would be the typical based on fairy tales sort of book. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is not. Many princess books, which little girls devour, show only the positive parts of being a princess, the beautiful dresses, the parties, the happily ever afters. While this book does have a happily ever after for some of the characters, others do not have a happily ever after, which in and of itself is unusual. The illustrations are darling, full of bright colors, and beautifully compliment the story. I especially liked the way the author and illustrator worked in bits of plot from other fairy tales (the illustrator gives big hints at which stories are being referred to), but the author makes clear that these plot devices don't apply to this story. The ending I confess made me laugh out loud, it definitely came as a surprise. But that is all I'm going to say about it. Go find the book and discover this delightful read for yourself. The students enjoyed it and the surprise as well. Highly recommended.
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I purchased this book as a birthday gift for a 4 year old girl. I loved the literary references ("It happens all the time in books" - showing the character holding a specific book). I laughed out loud in the bookshop as I read this. It has a beautiful message for girls and the illustrations are very cute.
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Munsch's "Paper Bag Princess"! THE two BEST anti-princess books.

The Princess and the Pig has an awesome ending! The princess had her OWN happy ending because she doesn't have to be a princess after all. She gets to marry for love too. The story is clever and the fairy tale references are comical. My husband and I both like reading this one to our little girls. The artwork is great too!

So about the "Paper Bag Princess" by Munsch; A MUST HAVE BOOK for all little girls! Smart, witty, resourceful and such a strong little lady, Princess Elizabeth is my 4 year old's favorite princess. She constantly reinacts the book. If you prefer hardcover books like I do, the one from Amazon with the library binding is really nice!http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0920236820/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00
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A baby pig and a baby princess accidentally exchange places in this funny tale. The pig is presumed to be the princess transformed by a disgruntled fairy and the princess is presumed to be the pig transformed by a beneficent fairy. Time goes by, however, and the farmer and his wife begin to realize that an exchange has been made and they set out to rectify matters.

The illustrations are bright and beautiful and funny to complement the text. My favorite parts were the little asides to the audience of readers about the absurd yet commonplace transformations that occur in fairy tales. Very fun.
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This "switched at birth" story has become one of my daughter's favorites to read to her 5 and 2 year old sons. Not your typical "princess" story. =)
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The princess craze is a relatively new phenomenon. I'm sure that little girls have pretended to be princesses for as long as the occupation has existed, but the current concentrated capitalization on that desire has taken the obsession to a whole other level. You can't enter a toy department these days without being bombarded with the idea that every little girl should wear pink, frilly, sparkly costumes and woe betide the child that might prefer a good unadorned set of overalls instead. Naturally, all this sank into the world of picture books after a while. Stories like "The Paper Bag Princess" were now being ignored while the latest pink monstrosity would suck up all the attention. So you can probably understand why I was a little reluctant to pick up "The Princess and the Pig" at first. My first instinct was to just throw it on the pile with the rest of the princessey fare. Fortunately, I heard some low-key buzz about the book, making it clear that there might be something worthwhile going on here. Thank goodness I did too. Ladies and gentlemen, two men have come together and somehow produced a book that thumbs its nose at the notion of a little girl wanting to be a princess. In fact, when it comes right down to it, this is a tale about how sometimes it's difficult to tell the royalty from the swine. Now that's a lesson I can get behind!

The day the queen didn't notice that she dropped her baby daughter off of the castle's battlements could have been horrific. Instead, it led to a case of switched identities.
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My 5 year old daughter loves, loves, loves this book. She just laughs and thinks that it is the funniest book ever written. I highly suggest this book for anyone with a little girl in their life.
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A read this two my two youngest girls 5 and 7 and they both enjoyed it. A very clever plot and appealing artwork. While not a true 5/5 stars, it is easily an 8 out of 10.
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