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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1407139193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407139197
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emer Stamp grew up on a sheep farm in Devon. It is here that she met all the characters in her first book, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Though Emer now lives in London, she still regularly returns to her Devon roots to find inspiration for new books. Her second book, The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig, is available now.

Visit diaryofpig.com to discover worksheets, activity ideas and much, much, more.

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Witty, pacey and perfectly pitched for early readers your child won't have seen anything like this before. --Junior

The jovial diary entries of Pig, and the sheer exuberance of both the telling and the imagination involved in the plot are on every page and are a sheer delight. I was not joking when I said that adults will take to this. --The Bookbag

Children and adults alike will be delighted by this brilliantly silly and surreal story --Booktrust

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2013
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This is a simple and entertaining read, perfect for children of about six or seven and up. The mixture of simple, short chunks of text, with a strong graphic content and plenty of white space on the page means that it is an ideal chapter or transitional book for newly confident readers, ready to move away from picture books but not yet ready for denser, more text driven novels.

The book is written by Pig, the main character, who finds a diary and a pen in the farmer's rubbish, and sets about immortalizing himself in its pages. Pig thinks life is amazing. The farmer loves him, and shows his love by over feeding Pig at every opportunity .Pig erroneously believes that his greatest problem in life is the evil chickens who he shares the farm yard with, and the simplest way of dealing with them is to fart in their general direction.

All is well until one day Pig finds out the farmer's plan for Pig, and the chickens recruit him as at test pilot for their inaugural flight into space as his only reliable means of escaping from the farmer's clutches.

This is very silly, and very funny and very easy to read. I read it in an hour. My ten year old daughter read it in a day and my seven year old son is half way through it and enjoying it immensely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2013
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This book is an attractive, chunky little hardback, just the right size for small hands and everything about it will appeal to children from approximately 7+ (both my 9 and my 7 year old enjoyed it very much). As the title suggests, it is written in the form of a diary by Pig. Pig shares the farmyard with his friend Duck, the Evil Chickens and Cow. As far as Pig is aware, their greatest enemy is Fox, who made Duck sad by eating his entire family. Pig thinks that the Farmer loves him, as he feeds him so much and gives great back scratches, but then Duck informs him of his true intentions... This is a wonderfully funny book, with lots of illustrations and a great storyline, as Duck helps Pig try to escape from the Farmer's clutches. Their plan involves the Evil Chickens and a secret plot to blast off into space. Along the way there are lots of great adventures and many laughs. This book would be equally enjoyed by both boys and girls and I imagine that children of quite a wide age range would enjoy it - from seven, right up until early teens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2013
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This book is one of those that can be read by children and adults alike and each will get something different from it, but both will end up laughing until tears run from their eyes!

I love the style of the book - it looks like a notebook, with doodles on the cover and a handwritten text story, accompanied by fantastic pencil sketch illustrations.

The book would be suitable for children who are gaining confidence in reading alone but still like to have pictures breaking up big chunks of text. However, younger children will also enjoy listening to others reading them the story. It is definitely a book to share with others, otherwise they will keep asking why you are giggling out loud constantly throughout the book!

This is the ideal gift to give to a child, however I am sure it won't be long until the rest of the family will soon be reading it too!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moonless VINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2013
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Pig is very happy. The farmer loves him. Or so he thinks. He's given lots of slops every day because the farmer loves him. Or so he thinks. He gets lots of back scratches every day because the farmer loves him. Or so he thinks. His best friend, Duck, and his enemies - the Evil Chickens, know better. They know why Farmer gives Pig the affectionate name of `Sausages'. It's finally up to Duck to reveal the truth and thus put Pig in a dilemma. How can he escape his fate? It seems the Evil Chickens may have a plan...

The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig is a funny, laugh-out-loud book. My husband certainly gave me peculiar looks as I guffawed my way through it. It's `written' by Pig, with the diary entries accompanied by some cute illustrations. There is a lot of toilet humour here, with plenty of fart and poo jokes littered throughout. If you are of a sensitive nature, it may not be for you or your child. However, I'd say it's a great way to engage a child (particularly a boy) who may not be that keen on reading. It is imaginative (imagination a real issue for some children who don't like to read), and the style of writing is easy to engage with. I would say that this book would appeal to children up to the age of 9, but may also give older children a boost.

It also reminds me of The Chicken Gave it to Me, a diary written by a chicken which looks at the horrors of battery farming. Another one worth checking out for children who have enjoyed this book or need a gentle push into reading more.

As Pig's diary ends, it appears there could be a sequel...the adventures of Pig, Duck and the Evil Chickens may not yet be over...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timm on 12 Nov. 2013
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I found this story to be very charming and loveable. I think the plot is unique and imaginative, with moments of 'laugh out loud' for kids and adults. Impressive work. Is there more from this author??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2014
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Pig discovers an blank notebook and pen, so decides to keep a diary - obviously.

Not just for children, but for any one young of all ages, this should prove most entertaining and great fun. But if you are worried about the atrocious grammar and open references to flatulence and the like you might decide that you need to protect your child from this wicked little book; however that would be a great shame for it is such rebelliousness that children delight in (and I am sure that such wrongs simply highlight the difference between what is correct and acceptable and what is just naughty but fun in the right context).

Well presented with occasional little sketches and the odd blot or two of ink, you should not deprive your child, or yourself, from this little delight.
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