Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Smith-King, Dick. 2003. CLEVER LOLLIPOP. Ill. By Jill Barton. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press. ISBN 0763621749 [Suggested Grade Levels 3-5]
SUMMARY and ANALYSIS
Princess Penelope enjoys a series of adventures with her friend Johnny, their pet pig Lady Lollipop, and their teacher Collie Cob, the Conjuror. Adventures include fertilizing the queen’s garden, restoring the king’s appetite, and Penelope getting a surprise present from her pet pig, Lady Lollipop.
Penelope also goes through a transformation. At the beginning of the book, she is rude, selfish, and stubborn. She becomes a nicer person thanks to Collie Cob and Johnny. Occasionally, she has a rude moment, but Collie Cob knows how to handle her. For example, Penelope wants to try a potion that Collie Cob made for her father. When he says no, she shouts at him. He quietly tells not to shout at him like that. When the king is feeling better, she apologizes for her behavior. The pictures are pencil drawings with some shading that enhance the text. She does a good job of capturing the characters’ emotions. This delightful book will make children laugh.
Kids can write their own stories about a bratty person that makes a transformation. This is a good way for them to work their creative muscles. Illustrations can be included.
Other books about clever pigs:
Brooks, Walter R. FREDDY AND THE SPACESHIP. ISBN 0142300896
Moller, Linda. THE GREAT PIG ESCAPE. ISBN 0862786673
Other books by Smith-King that could be compared to this one:
BABE: THE GALLANT PIG. ISBN 0517555565
LADY LOLLIPOP. ISBN 0763621811
PIGS MIGHT FLY. ISBN 014034537X
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