Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Princess and the Pig

Written by: Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene

First line: Not that long ago, in a kingdom not far from here, a farmer was traveling home from the market with a cartload of straw.

Why you should read this book: A lovely modern fairy tale in the fractured tradition, a princess and a pig accidentally switch places due to the queen’s utter negligence and lack of motherly sentiment, and those around them accept it as magic, because it’s the sort of thing that happens all the time in books. The princess grows up as a farmer’s daughters, beloved by her adopted family, while the pig remains a pig, albeit one dressed in gowns and wimples. When the princess discovers her true identity, she makes a good faith effort to rectify the misunderstanding.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Perhaps you lack the capacity to comprehend satire or appreciate ridiculousness. 

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