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    • ISBN:9780349009186
    • Publication date:09 Nov 2017
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The Peppermint Pig

By Nina Bawden
Illustrated by Alan Marks

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This is Virago's first publication of one of Nina Bawden's most famous books for children. The Peppermint Pig, which won the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction, has been a great favourite since it was first published, over forty years ago.

'Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

'What a consummate storymaker Nina Bawden is' MICHAEL MORPURGO

WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S FICTION

'D'ya want a peppermint pig, Mrs Greengrass?'
Poll looked at the milkman, thinking of sweets, but there was a real pig poking its snout out of the milkman's coat pocket. It was the tiniest pig she had ever seen. 'What's a peppermint pig?'
'Runt of the litter. Too small for the sow to raise. He'd only get trampled in in the rush.'
Mother took the pig from him and held it firmly while it kicked and squealed. 'Well, he seems strong enough. And even runts grow.'
'Oh,' Poll said. 'Oh, Mother.' She stroked the small, wriggling body. 'Theo,' she shouted, 'Look what we've got!'

It is a difficult year for the Greengrasses. Poll's father has lost his job and gone overseas, the family are living off the charity of two aunts, and Poll and her brother Theo just can't seem to keep out of trouble. It takes a tiny, mischievous pig to bring laughter back into their lives.


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  • ISBN: 9780349009179
  • Publication date: 09 Nov 2017
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Virago
Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart — Kiran Millwood Hargrave
No writer is better than Bawden at conveying the alienation of childhood — Times Literary Supplement
One of the most subtly innovative of modern writers for children — TES
Nina Bawden is a master at capturing the taste of growing up — New York Times
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