The Prince and the Porker by Peter Bently

The Prince and the Porker

Written by Peter Bently
Illustrated by David Roberts

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The classic story of the prince and the pauper is given a crafty twist here when young Pignatious sneaks into the palace on the trail of buns and accidently finds himself in the prince’s bedchamber. He thinks it’s splendid and is particularly taken with the box of ‘dressing up clothes’. Kitted out in a lovely pair of blue knickerbockers and a slightly too big wig, pig is mistaken for prince and has a great time ordering everyone around. The error is discovered, but the real prince finds a way to make the situation work to his benefit and his imposter’s. Peter Bently’s rhyming text is a treat to read aloud, while David Roberts has a ball with the illustrations: pig, prince and courtiers look wonderful, and the double page showing the palace guard before and after Pignatious orders them to cartwheel is a joy. This will become a real favourite. ~ Andrea Reece


The Prince and the Porker by Peter Bently

Pignatius was passing the palace one day, when he saw ten fresh buns left to cool on a tray...Sneaking into the palace, looking for more treats, Pignatius tries on a wig and some clothes and the servants mistake him for the real prince! Of course the rein of this porky impostor can't last long, but when the actual prince returns, he saves Pignatius' bacon. It turns out that he's always wanted a double to deal with a particularly frightening dragon...his Aunt Alice!


A beautifully illustrated tale... told in charming rhyme Telegraph Young readers will delight in this tale of mischievous mayhem, not to mention the lavish watercolour illustrations and clever rhymes. Evening Standard David Roberts is on excellent form. Independent, Best Picture Books for Children Peter Bently's rhyming text is a treat to read aloud, while David Roberts has a ball with the illustrations ...a real favourite. Andrea Reece, Lovereading The absurdly stylish David Roberts adds panache to this pig tale with fabulous fashions, decor to die-for and illustrated edibles that genuinely look good enough to eat... An afternoon tea of a picture book; luxurious and ludicrous. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Peter Bently

Peter Bently went to ten different schools around the world and studied languages at Oxford University. He started writing for children soon after becoming a parent and now lives with his wife, Lucy, and children, Theo and Tara, in Totnes, Devon (which has its very own excellent medieval castle).

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd September 2015




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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