The Princess and the Pig
by Jonathan Emmett
Cover Artist: Poly Bernatene
Review by Gayle Surrette
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802723345
Date: 27 September 2011 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Princess and the Pig is just the sort of book to turn the standard trope of fantasy on its head and then laugh with you when you get the joke. Children should be delighted with the story of Princess Priscilla and Pigmella the pig who, due to an amazing set of circumstances, get switched. The princess turns into a pig and the pig turns into a baby girl.
When they are grown there's a chance that mistake could be rectified, but pride and stubbornness are stronger than common sense. However, I can't help feeling, and I hope younger readers will agreed, that in the end Pigmella gets the better deal and a happier life.
The drawings are funny as they add to the written words. Whenever the story says that these sorts of things happen in books, the artwork has a book with a readable title which should encourage children to want to read the story where this type of thing just might happen.