Half a Pig by Allan Ahlberg

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Allan Ahlberg cuts to the chase in this madcap tale illustrated by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg, in her picture-book debut.

The horrid Mr. Harbottle eats so many sausages he’s beginning to look like one. And now he even has designs on poor Esmerelda, a pig half-owned by the (former) Mrs. Harbottle. In the hands of Allan Ahlberg, this can only mean the chase is on! Featuring the brave young Rose and Billy (still in their pajamas), and peppered with author asides, HALF A PIG is one entirely silly celebration of porcine justice.
 

About Allan Ahlberg

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Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books, particularly in partnership with his late wife, Janet, who died in 1994. Perhaps best known for the Jolly Postman series, Allan Ahlberg is also the author of MONKEY DO!, THE SNAIL HOUSE, and THE BRAVEST EVER BEAR.Jessica Ahlberg is the daughter of Allan Ahlberg. HALF A PIG is her first book.
 
Published May 3, 2004 by Walker Books Ltd. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From an opening that directly addresses the reader (or listener) and lays out the various verbal ingredients for the story to come, to a conclusion that somewhat ruefully considers the ingredients that were left by the wayside, this story constantly draws attention to its artifice.

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/ Dig up dirt and dig all day!'' Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha -- the dirt-loving duo who described a garbage collector's day in 1999 with ''Trashy Town'' -- use their familiar style and structure to explore new terrain.

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Other than discomfort with his hyper-striving parents, who make him feel like a footnote to their accomplishments, there's little to explain Cameron's allegiance to Leonard Gray, except maybe simple admiration: ''At least he was honest,'' Cameron tells his interlocutor.

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Mr Harbottle ("a horrid man with uncombed hair and dirty fingernails" who had consumed so many sausages "that really he looked like a sausage") hires some hoodlums to kidnap the pig (and readers have no doubt as to the pig's intended fate).

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