Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith

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Another funny, winning, and long-awaited pig tale from Dick King-Smith!

Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young trainer, Johnny Skinner — who also happens to specialize in good human behavior — she’s the smartest pig in the entire kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop’s bright, intelligent eyes, it somehow changes them for the better. But can Lollipop win over the spoiled Princess Penelope — and her not-so-pig-friendly parents, the King and Queen?
With humorous black-and-white interior illustrations by Jill Barton, Dick King-Smith’s tale about a special pig — and some memorable humans, too — will delight his legions of loyal fans!
 

About Dick King-Smith

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Dick King-Smith says, "Each time I sit down to write an animal story, I say to myself, 'What sort of animal?' and I answer, 'Pig!' Then I say, 'No, no, you've just done a pig story.' So I have to wait. And I have waited. And then along came LADY LOLLIPOP!" Jill Barton left school at the age of sixteen and did all sorts of odd jobs until she married, had children, and stopped working outside the home. She attended art school and graduated at the age of forty-eight with a degree in illustration. Jill Barton has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, such as WHAT BABY WANTS by Phyllis Root, and the much-beloved In the RAIN WITH BABY DUCK; YOU'RE THE BOSS, BABY DUCK!; OFF TO SCHOOL, BABY DUCK!; and BABY DUCK AND THE BAD EYEGLASSES, all written by Amy Hest.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Candlewick. 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The author of Babe, the Gallant Pig (1985) offers another winner with this tale of a bright pig and her canny young keeper “training” a spoiled princess.

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After updating the doll (Lady Daisy Chain) on events that have occurred during her lengthy slumber, Ned decides to adopt her--even though he realizes that his claim to such a girlish toy may well invite ridicule.

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A rude young princess who insists on a pig for her eighth birthday learns a few lessons about manners and friendship as she helps to train her new pet, Lollipop.

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Her parents, especially her father, seem bent on indulging her every whim, however, and when Penelope insists on a pet pig for her eighth birthday ("I wanna pig, I wanna pig, I wanna pig!"), they reluctantly summon all the pig keepers in the land.

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What Princess Penelope ends up with is a very intelligent pig called Lollipop and an even more intelligent pig trainer and pig keeper named Johnny.

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