The Resource Lady Lollipop, Dick King-Smith ; illustrated by Jill Barton

Lady Lollipop, Dick King-Smith ; illustrated by Jill Barton

Label
Lady Lollipop
Title
Lady Lollipop
Statement of responsibility
Dick King-Smith ; illustrated by Jill Barton
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess
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Character
Award
  • Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (Oregon), 2004.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2002
Review
  • Gr. 2-4. Princess Penelope is a royal terror who gets whatever she wants from her indulgent father. What she wants now is a pig for her birthday. After all the pigs in the kingdom are rounded up, she chooses lovely Lollipop, the only possession of poor Johnny Skinner, who’s allowed to stay as the pig’s keeper. At first it seems that his job will be teaching Lollipop to be a pig in a palace, but it soon becomes clear that his task is to train the princess to be a better human being. The story itself is predictable, and even the characters are pretty much stereotypes. What’s fun is the way everyone interacts with Lollipop, a wise creature, who has only to look at people to change them for the better. Still, without Jill Barton’s pencil drawings this might have floundered. Barton’s talent for drawing both pigs and children elevates the story from commonplace to endearing. New readers can handle this, and because of the profusion of pictures, it will work equally well as a read-aloud. (Reviewed April 15, 2001) -- Ilene Cooper
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 2-4 –Spoiled Princess Penelope's parents give her the pig she demands as a present for her eighth birthday. And, luckily enough for the child and her royal but ineffective parents, the endearing animal is accompanied by young Johnny Skinner, an amiable pig-keeper determined to teach the family something about manners and good sense. King-Smith's abundant affection for pigs and sure hand with dialogue keep the story buoyant, and the happy ending is never in doubt. Lollipop adapts to palace life quite quickly, thanks to Johnny's good training, and she even has a flap in the palace door so that she can get out as necessity dictates. Barton's pencil illustrations are charming and recall Ernest H. Shepard's various royal personages in A. A. Milne's Now We Are Six . The king's befuddled face and Penelope's stormy looks are delightful. Lollipop is shown with a sweetly confident expression as she goes about her pig activities, including happily depositing a bit of fertilizer on the queen's roses. The cover is inviting, and the book is handsomely designed with an open and readable typeface. An appealing read-aloud for younger children and a satisfying chapter book for those a little older.–Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD --Kathie Meizner (Reviewed June 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 6, p121)
  • King-Smith's sprightly confection dresses up a standard-issue plot with amusing, old-fashioned storytelling. Spoiled, willful and insufferably rude, young Princess Penelope is "a right pain in the neck," as the palace courtiers and servants agree. Her parents, especially her father, seem bent on indulging her every whim, however, and when Penelope insists on a pet pig for her eighth birthday ("I wanna pig, I wanna pig, I wanna pig!"), they reluctantly summon all the pig keepers in the land. To her parents' dismay, the princess chooses "the scruffiest, ugliest pig of the lot." Lollipop may not be comely, but "she's the brightest, cleverest pig you ever did see," as her keeper, Johnny Skinner, assures the royal family, an assertion that quickly proves correct. Before long, the boy and his charge have charmed not only the king and queen (who is delighted with Lollipop's skill at weeding and fertilizing the rose garden), but more importantly, the princess herself, who, in the process of helping to train Lollipop, learns a few lessons about manners and friendship. Beginning or reluctant readers will appreciate that the tale is served up in a dozen short chapters, which Barton's (the Baby Duck books) line illustrations mine for all their innocent charm. Ages 7-10. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 4, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 23, p80)
  • /* Starred Review */ The author of Babe, the Gallant Pig (1985) offers another winner with this tale of a bright pig and her canny young keeper "training" a spoiled princess. When Princess Penelope demands a pig for her eighth birthday, her over-indulgent father requires every pig keeper in the country to assemble with a likely porcine candidate. The princess settles on Lollipop, who turns out to be the sole possession of penniless orphan Johnny Skinner. As only Johnny can get Lollipop to sit, roll over, or poop outdoors, soon lad and pig are comfortably ensconced together in a royal stall—at least until the pig can be persuaded to respond to the Princess's commands. It's only the beginning of a meteoric rise for Johnny, and for Lollipop too, as the two conspire to teach the princess civilized manners, and end up great favorites of the entire royal family. Barton (Rattletrap Car, p. 504, etc.) captures Penelope's fuming, bratty character perfectly in a generous array of line drawings, and gives Lollipop an expression of affectionate amusement that will win over readers as effortlessly as it wins over the princess and her parents. Move over, Wilbur. (Fiction. 8-10) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
101816
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
King-Smith, Dick
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Grades 3-4
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Barton, Jill
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lollipop
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princesses
  • Conduct of life
  • Swine
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Lady Lollipop, Dick King-Smith ; illustrated by Jill Barton
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Copyright
Note
"A Junior Library Guild selection"--Jacket
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
120 pages, 5 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780763612696
Lccn
00058498
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780763612696
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Lady Lollipop, Dick King-Smith ; illustrated by Jill Barton
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Junior Library Guild selection"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
120 pages, 5 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780763612696
Lccn
00058498
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780763612696
Other physical details
illustrations

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