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 Prince and the porker
 Author: Bently, Peter

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 111681 ISBN: 9781419723124
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 Pigs -- Fiction
 Princes -- Fiction
 Mistaken identity -- Fiction
 Human behavior -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

After eating ten buns cooling on a tray at the palace, Pignatius causes more mischief when he pretends to be the prince.

 Illustrator: Roberts, David
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189613

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/16)
   School Library Journal (01/01/17)
   Booklist (12/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2016 Bently’s hilarious take on The Prince and the Pauper begins as Pignatius the pig notices some delicious buns cooling by an open palace window, gobbles them down, and sneaks inside to see what other royal delights he might find. Upon being spotted by the cook, Pignatius flees to a bedroom upstairs, where he is delighted to discover a “dressing-up chest.” He dons a regal outfit and frizzy orange wig (“What larks!”), just as a hoard of angry servants bursts through the door. And bows! For in his new getup, Pignatius bears a serendipitous resemblance to the prince. He takes full (and comical) advantage of the misunderstanding until the real prince arrives, and the jig is up. Or is it? This story is a rollicking read from start to finish, and Roberts’ farcical illustrations—created with ink, pen, and watercolor—pile on the laughs. Absurdity is pitted against the splendor and decorum of palace life as Pignatius stirs up trouble. Little ones will laugh till they squeal. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—A picture book play on The Prince and the Pauper. Bently's story, told in tongue-tickling rhyme, follows Pignatius, a pig, as he goes about achieving his goal of having some delicious snacks. In the palace, the porker's resemblance to the royal allows him to impersonate the prince and feast on endless desserts. Inset, framed illustrations; scrollwork; and battalions of soldiers add plenty of fun visual details. Pignatius fares well after he's discovered by the prince. (One might even suspect that the prince knew all along.) Deciding that a double could come in handy when unpleasant Aunt Alice comes to visit, the prince permits Pignatius to remain at the palace and continue his feasting. VERDICT This tale will appeal to both younger and older picture book readers and fans of seriously silly titles such as Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.—Paige Mellinger, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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