Children's Books of the Week: The Lollipop Books
When I put out my huge request for chapter book titles, Anne mentioned The Water Horse. We read that (loved it), which led us to read Babe:The Gallant Pig (loved!) which led us to reading these two books about a pig named Lollipop that we have, so far, loved most of all (though I am fully expecting to read another as-yet-unknown-to-me Dick King-Smith book next week that I love even more).
These are the stories of Princess Penelope, who wants (and gets) a pig for her eighth birthday. The pig she chooses belongs to an orphan boy named Johnny Skinner, who becomes her friend. These are chapter books, but are quick reads, liberally illustrated, and funny, with good, quick-moving plots. Dick King-Smith clearly has a thing for pigs, but that’s alright, because after reading all these books I think we all have a thing for pigs too. Or at least for Lollipop, who is a genius.
The boys like to act out all the parts of this book, or to at least spend the day pretending to be the characters. I can’t believe I’d never heard of these books before last week. Why aren’t they revered as time-honored classics? Seriously, all of you, go get these from the library and read them immediately. Henry, age 5, loves them, and Eli, almost-3, is rapt with attention. Dave and I love them. I’ll even go so far as to say that 6-month-old Zuzu loves them, because she gets to be Princess Penelope and it means her brothers are fawning over her, and she loves that.