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The Princess and the Pig

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,614 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
There's been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer's new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it's the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch-after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm, poor ye ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Dec 12, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
The princess craze is a relatively new phenomenon. I'm sure that little girls have pretended to be princesses for as long as the occupation has existed, but the current concentrated capitalization on that desire has taken the obsession to a whole other level. You can't enter a toy department these days without being bombarded with the idea that every little girl should wear pink, frilly, sparkly costumes and woe betide the child that might prefer a good unadorned set of overalls instead. Natural ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Kathryn rated it liked it
A clever idea that is a spin-off of "what happens all the time in books", fairytales, especially ;-) When pig and a princess accidentally trade places, the farmers who had the pig think that good fairies must have turned their piglet into a baby because they had been so good while the king and queen think an evil fairy must have changed their baby girl into a piglet because they had not invited her to the christening. Various other fairytale cliches are covered in a fresh, funny light as the sto ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
So what would happen if accidentally a princess switched places with a pig? You would have a crazy adventure where each of the families blames a fairy for their new predicament. If only the queen hadn’t dropped her baby, squeamish over her dirty diaper and that baby hadn’t fallen down over the balcony. Lucky though, she lands in a farmer’s cart which was loaded with straw. Her hard fall causes the piglet who was laying in the cart to leap out of the cart and fly into the castle and land into the ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Caranna rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-kiddies
The Princess and The Pig is not your typical princess book.

A poor farmer and his little piglet are passing by the castle one fateful day when a mishap causes the piglet to swap places with the new born princess.
The king and queen figure that they have been cursed (for their daughter to have been turned into a pig) and the farmer and his wife think that they must have been blessed (to have the piglet turn into the child that they have always wanted.)
The pig was raised as a princess and the pri
Jul 10, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture/Comedy
Pre-Reading Strategy: First lines


I would introduce the book to the children. I would read aloud the first sentence of the book.

"Not that long ago, in a kingdom not far from here, a farmer was traveling home from the market with a cartload of straw" (Emmett, 2011).

With this, I hope to get children thinking of different ways the story to go. I would start off by asking questions like, "Where is he going with a cartload of straw? Is there anything else i
Shelia Clark Smith
Jan 20, 2016 Shelia Clark Smith rated it really liked it
Cute, clever and giggle inducing. It leaves a lot of room for readers to imagine more about this story once it's over.
Melissa O'Neill
Jul 23, 2015 Melissa O'Neill rated it it was amazing
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Fiction/Picture Book

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Brief description
Accidentally swapped, a pig – Pigmella, and a princess – Priscilla, now find themselves living the other’s life. The princess is now the farmer’s daughter and the pig is now the royal princess.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book
• In a well-designed book in which the total fo
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
While browsing the children's book section at our local library, this title caught my eye. My daughters enjoy reading books that has princesses in it. So I pulled it out and showed them the cover and asked if we should check it out.
I am so glad that we stumbled upon this book!
Such a cute story! And it isn't your typical fairy tale princess story. I love the story and the pictures!

A kind farmer on his way home with his newly acquired piglet named Pigmella, stop to rest in the shade beside a castl
Mar 25, 2014 Kervin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Characters: a farmer, his wife, Pigmella the pig, a queen and king, Priscilla the princess, the queen's nannies, a handsome prince
Setting: not long ago, in a kingdom not far from here; the farmer's home; the king and queen's castle
Intended audience: children and students preschool +

Under the premise "it happens all the time in books," The Princess and the Pig tells the tale of Pigmella and Priscilla, pig and princess, who were switched at birth and grow up in roles ridiculously inappropriate to
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A baby princess, Priscilla, and a baby pig, Pigmella, accidentally switch places. The royal family and the farmer's family are both convinced that the switch is work of magical fairies. "It's the sort of thing that happens all the time in books." But will this book have a happy ending?

I absolutely loved this book! Such a fun twist on the average fairy tale. Bernatene's illustrations are bright, beautiful, and brilliantly detailed--just the sort of thing you would expect from a great book.
The story is hilarious, and the pictures are perfect. The a bit, um, wrong. At least, on the pig's part. The kids might find it funny. A good preschool read if they're a group that sits still fairly well (as the book isn't too long, but might be for a preschool group). A fun lap-read, and definitely fine as a read-alone. School-age would enjoy this, too.

(It'd be 4 stars if not for the very end.)

4/17/13 Beehive nominee. Kids should enjoy.
Sarah BT
Oct 15, 2012 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorite princess books! Hilarious and fun cartoon-style illustrations. A princess and a pig switch places which ends up causing a lot of craziness! I love how the characters keep referencing "this is the sort of thing that happens in books"-it would be great for storytime. Plus, it has an ending that would those that are anti-princess proud.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 16, 2014 Vernon Area Public Library KIDS rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
Shelves: picture-books
You wouldn't think it would be that difficult to tell the difference between a piglet and a baby, but if the parties involved could do so, there wouldn't be this cute book now would there. A baby and a piglet were switched at birth, and neither the King and Queen (for the baby was a princess) or the farmer questioned the result. One day, the farmer's wife overheard two castle servants talking about the princess who had turned into a pig. The farmer and his wife put two and two together and under ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Michaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: 642

For ages 4 - 8

A farmer and his wife get their baby pig accidentally switched with the king and queen's baby and both sets of parents think that fairies have had a hand in it somehow because "it's the sort of thing that happens all the time in books." So, the pig is raised as the princess and the baby girl is raised as peasant and it all ends happily ever after except maybe for the prince who gets talked into marrying the pig. This story is original, precious, funny, and highlights books!
Michelle Nero
Feb 10, 2013 Michelle Nero rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Actually, this was cuter than I thought it was going to be. I loved the references to other fairy tales, "It's the sort of thing that happens all the time in books." I just feel bad for the prince in the end. No happily ever after here!
Jun 04, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing
This was one of the funniest and cleverest books I've read this year! I love humorous takes on fairy tales, and the references to other famous fairy tales within this story was pure genius. Thanks to @Catherine for recommending it!
Jan 30, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january
"The Princess and the Pig" by Jonathan Emmett, is a hilarious short picture book. The text is big and easy to read and the illustrations do a great job informing the audience of details that are not in the text. I loved how the author tied in different fairytales to the plot. I think this helps the audience to relate better to the book and keeps them predicting what will happen next.

This book helps to teach the importance of being honest, even in difficult circumstances. It also teaches the impo
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
The Princess and the Pig had me chuckling throughout the story. A new baby princess is accidentally switched with a piglet. I enjoyed the author's clever fractured fairytale and his nods to other famous and familiar fairy tales such as "Sleeping Beauty", "Thumbelina", and "The Frog Prince" as the princess and the piglet try to back to their rightful places. I think young readers would get a kick of pulling out references to the fairy tales and also point out the absurdity of a king and queen act ...more
Katie Hogge
Feb 01, 2015 Katie Hogge rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This was a cute story about a Princess and Pig who accidentally got swapped at birth. I loved it because the ending wasn't what I thought it would be, so it made the story intriguing to me. I think children would really enjoy this new fairy-tale story, if you would call it that. The author did well at comparing the lives of the pig they were convinced was a princess, and the princess they were convinced was turned from a pig into a girl. Their lives and the people in them seem so content with wh ...more
Abby Clark
Jan 20, 2015 Abby Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
This book has an interesting twist to it, that has quite a bit of suspense throughout it. Something that I liked about this book was how in the end, the princess did not end up with the prince, so it did not have the normal "happily ever after", which makes the book more realistic for children. I like how the girl is still able to have a happy ending even if she does not end up with the prince. This book would be good for any elementary grade. I think it would be good for the younger children be ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Kelsie rated it it was amazing
I thought that this story was very original. I have never heard a story like it. I loved how when the pig and the princess switched places, that both parents figured that it was a good fairy or bad fairy who changed them into a pig/ human. The book was very creative when the sets of parents would be holding a book that relates to the situation they were in as they said "it is what happens in the books." Over all, this was a very cute book that had a fun plot line and kept me reading until the en ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Kaylie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
I thought this book was adorable! The fact that they tied in the phrase "It happens in books all the time" was wonderful. The storyline itself was very humorous and I think kids would absolutely love it. Even though it didn't end with the princess being the princess at the end was also adorable because everyone was happy (except for the prince that married the pig that never turned into a princess). I really liked the pictures as well, they looked really cute and it I think children would absolu ...more
Christina Swain
This "cutesy" almost fairy-tale like book reminds me somewhat of the story, The Princess and the Frog. In this story that Jonathan Emmett presents, a princess, Pricilla is accidentally switched with the farmer's pig, Pigmella. Children will instantly fall in love with the bright colors that very well compliment the text and illustrations of the story. I would implement this book into my classroom as a shared reading and probe my students before, during, and after the reading to help them not onl ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book. This would be great for a kindergartener- second grade student could read. This is about a princess that falls into the farmers cart and the pig gets flipped up into the cradle the princess was in. The entire time the King and Queen believe that the pig is their daughter and the farmer thinks the princess is their daughter. They pig and the princess tried to change back to how they should be but it didn't work. In the end the pig marries a prince and the princess marrie ...more
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Nov 17, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book thinking it would be the typical based on fairy tales sort of book. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is not. Many princess books, which little girls devour, show only the positive parts of being a princess, the beautiful dresses, the parties, the happily ever afters. While this book does have a happily ever after for some of the characters, others do not have a happily ever after, which in and of itself is unusual. The illustrations are darling, full of bright ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I came to this book with a lot of reservations. It’s ANOTHER princess book in a time filled with sparkly pink books. But if you are as sick of the regular princess books as I am, then this is just the book for you! A farmer had a little pig in the back of his hay cart. He decided to name it Pigmella. At the same time, in the tower high above, a queen picked up her baby daughter and decided to name her Priscilla. But the queen dropped the baby out of the window without noticing a ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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Ashley Barna
Feb 09, 2012 Ashley Barna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
The Princess And The Pig written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Poly Bernatene, is not your usual princess book. This book tells the story of a poor farmer and his pig who, unintentionally, crosses paths with a queen and her new baby girl. The farmer and his pig happened to stop right outside the castle where the mother was holding her baby near the window. The queen accidentally lets baby Priscilla fall from the castle. Luckily, she lands in the farmer's cart full of hay where the pig sa ...more
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Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a factory fitter and a primary school teacher.

Jonathan loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson h

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