Wigwig and Homer

Wigwig and Homer

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  • Hardback | 80 pages
  • 142.24 x 203.2 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192713108
  • 9780192713100

Review Text

"I am shaped like a sugared almond, and the oyster is my destiny." It sounds mysterious but the sequence is somewhat predictable and the actual revelation has no punch. Wigwig the pig, mindful of a fate beyond fried trotters, leaves the farm and embarks on a search for a safer life. Homer, a polysyllabic pig equally reluctant to become bacon, is her companion in a series of skimpy episodes with Lone Badger (an open door policy), sly John Fox, and the Wise Woman who cares for animals missing wings or limbs or sight. On Christmas Eve the truth is revealed: Wigwag is to be queen of Sanctuary Island, with an oyster shell crown. Some of the animals are nearly allegorical and the prose has hints of deeper concerns but the action is minimal, the tension slight. Unlike the author's earlier books (about Peter, Arthur and David), some of the humor may be lost to American children - e.g. errors in a rhyme about Guy Fawkes Day - because it depends on the ignorance of the animals. No truffle - just a trifle. (Kirkus Reviews)show more