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Surprise! Surprise!

That fine author Dick King-Smith assured me that pigs are the most intelligent of all domesticated animals. Niki Daly’s latest picture book is a total delight and certainly features pigs. It must be mighty hard to think up a new twist with which to end a book, but Niki has done it and I’m not revealing. The story starts in a fairly ordinary way with two jaunty, almost happy, human beings who make two mistakes: the first is that you cannot buy a baby in a Baby Shop; the second that you cannot enter a young pig in a school for boys and girls. After those two disappointments, the Surprise ending is delirious. Crisp, clear outlined characters on large uncluttered pages. Magical stuff!

Publish Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017