Elizabeth Spurr A Pig Named Perrier

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A Pig Named Perrier

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Perrier is no ordinary pig. He is a purebred potbellied pig who lives with the Hollywood movie star Mirabella. Whisked away to exotic locations, pampered, and praised, Perrier is the toast of the town. He has it all . . . so so why does he feel as though there's something missing in his life? Featuring the brilliant artwork of rising star Martin Matje, A Pig Named Perrier shows us that sometimes we have to get our hands (and hooves) a little dirty to find our inner pig.

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For a potbellied pig, Perrier seems to have it all: "a rhinestone-studded harness, a jaunty sports cap, and special piglet-sized dark glasses." And with his movie-star owner Marabella, he even gets to live in a luxurious nursery in a luxurious mansion, "a place as posh as it was plush, and spic as it was span." But Perrier still can't get over the gnawing feeling that something's missing from his squeaky-clean life, "an emptiness in the pit of his little potbelly."

Of course, anyone familiar with porcine proclivities shouldn't have too much trouble guessing what Perrier's missing, and after a visit to a farm in the country--and some illicit ishing, squishing, slushing, mushing, mucking, and miring with the locals--Perrier figures out what his piggy heart and hide have been hankering for. When Marabella discovers Perrier's dirty secret, though, he's in for the bubble bath of his life. But can he keep his hooves-over-heart promise to stay clean evermore?

Martin Matje clearly has a ball here illustrating Perrier's Hollywood excess, from cocktail parties to sports cars, and Elizabeth Spurr matches him line for line with sharp turns of phrase and squeal-worthy wit. For example, on a film set in Paris: "'Voilà, le porc, how pink and clean.' 'Wee, wee,' squeaked Perrier. 'Quel pig!' they exclaimed. 'He even speaks français!'" A guaranteed charmer for any pig--or kid--who has ever promised to stay clean. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-It takes a visit to the country for Perrier, a pampered, pedigreed, potbellied pig owned by a famous movie star, to realize what is missing from his luxurious life-mud. Of course, the problem is only fixed temporarily because all visits to the country must come to an end. And because Perrier is committed to his life with Marbella, finding a happy medium between "pigness" and "petness" takes some creative thinking. Spurr spins a silly tale that at times goes on a little longer than necessary, but is charming nonetheless. Matje's sleek, modern artwork is the perfect complement to this very hip story. Spurr's sophisticated word choices ("gamboled," "paparazzi," "canap s"), as well as the somewhat abstract theme of fulfillment and finding one's roots, may be over the heads of the intended audience, but the author somehow makes it all work, creating a story with character and cadence. Her use of zippy, funny phrases such as "goose-bumped and tiddle-lumped," along with an abundance of alliteration, is sure to delight the young and the young at heart.
Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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