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A debonair Parisian pig finds himself in great danger when he falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous butcher
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-A long-winded, ridiculous story. Monsieur Cochon, a vegetarian pig, braves the streets of Paris in search of pastries. An evil butcher captures him; the valiant creature is about to be slaughtered when his animal friends come to the rescue. The text is tedious, wordy, and lacking in humor. Most children will be utterly bored by it, and the references to unfamiliar foods (truffles, terrines, pates, macaroons) will flummox them. Although a "menu" of French terms-with translations and pronunciations-is included (oddly, it appears on the verso of the title page), it is woefully incomplete. Of the leading characters, only Monsieur Cochon's name is listed. Non-French speakers will miss Schotter's puns-the butcher is Monsieur Decouper ("Mr. Cut"), his assistant is Henri La Faim ("Henry Hunger"), and the pastry-shop owner is Mademoiselle Le Sucre ("Miss Sugar"). Inconsistent with the other characters, Madame Sparrow is given an English name. In a glaring typo, "Tuilleries" is spelled with an extra "l." Catalano's pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor illustrations are of the childish, coloring-book variety. Skip this one.
Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5-9. Monsieur Cochon (Mr. Pig) loves to eat. With a lorgnette on his snout, he strolls through the boulevards and lanes of an old-fashioned Paris, savoring the smells of freshly baked bread and the sight of crisp vegetables. What he can't stand to see is his fellow Parisians dining on animal flesh. He's a vegetarian. He feeds his bird and animal friends, and like a French Robin Hood, he secretly frees the caged creatures in the pet shop. But food is Monsieur Cochon's undoing, and blinded by his passion for cake, he falls into the trap of the greasy butcher who can't wait to hang the pig from a hook and cure him. Luckily, Monsieur Cochon is rescued by all his friends, including the matronly donkey, who kicks the butcher's derriere. The leisurely story and the tone of Parisian joie de vivre may be more appealing to adults than to kids, but the French words (explained in a glossary with a pronunciation guide) do help create a world. Catalano's illustrations, in rosy pink and soft brown shades of pastel, color pencil, and watercolor, pick up the gentlemanly character of the pig in beret, bow tie, and vest, and also the farce of the rescue. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Philomel. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0399220232 Ships from Tennessee, usually the same or next day. Seller Inventory # Z0399220232ZN
Book Description Philomel, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. 000-605: Full Title is "That Extraordinary Pig of Paris." Magazine Size Hardcover without dustjacket. No Defects. A New Unread Book. A beautiful, square, tight copy with clean, unmarked pages. Small corner bump bottom spine from shelf. Outstanding Gift Quality. A High Quality Children's Book written by Roni Schotter with Fantastic Color Illustrations by Dominic Catalano. A Debonair Parisian Pig finds himself in Great Danger when he Falls into the Clutches of an Unscrupulous Butcher. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Edition, First Printing 1994. Scarce in this condition. Published by Philomel Books. New York. Seller Inventory # 32295
Book Description Philomel, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0399220232
Book Description Philomel, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. childrens book. Seller Inventory # DADAX0399220232
Book Description Philomel, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110399220232