The Boy Who Kicked Pigs Hardcover – 1 Nov 1999
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"'Grotesque and depraved and above all very funny.' Ardal O'Hanlon" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is an outrageous subversive horror/fantasy from Tom Baker - ex-monk, ex-sailor, and the ultimate Dr Who.
The hero is Robert Caligari - an evil 13-yr old - whose hatred for the human race spills into a truly terrible revenge. It's a short, gory, and tremendously funny story, illustrated throughout with b/w line drawings from David Roberts.
Comedian ARDAL O' HANLON said of it: "I thought it was grotesque, depraved, and above all very funny. It held throughout the troubling tone of, appropriately enough, a bacon slicing machine. I particularly appreciated the idea of the ex-xylophone player who now delivers meals-on-wheels playing his imaginary instrument in response to a mishap he's just witnessed. Lovely. And I'm still hanuted by the rather beautiful image of a horse leaping from a flyover on to a motorway."
ESQUIRE MAGAZINE: "Tom Baker's book will find favour with juveniles and grown-up children alike. It touches that great British nerve of revelling in the grotesque. [Tom Baker's] new book is ace."
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I highly enjoyed the book, I don't think it would be worth paying £13 for it! Plus, it's a bit misleading - not for children, but, don't judge a book by it's cover! Read it if you get the chance.
Tom Baker knows from his time as Dr Who what it takes to make people squirm with discomfort and all of that experience is distilled here in a thrilling tale.
Go on, buy it, I dare you.
I think I agree with Ardal O Hanlon who said; it was grotesque, depraved and above all very funny.
It is an amazing little book and will appeal to juvenile boys and 'grown up' boys I would guess. It is horrifying, silly, funny, and the drawings are amazing.
You would probably read it in an hour or so. Give it a go!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom Bakers Darkly funny book. Laugh out loud funny. Wonderfully illustrated. By the best Doctor Who ever! Enjoy you will love it!Published on 2 April 2014 by Mr. S. B. Herbert
I got this for my teenage son, as it's more his type of humour, but once I started reading it, it's dark humour had me. Great read, but not suitable for younger kids.Published on 20 Feb. 2014 by M. J. Penny
I have a strong feeling that if you're going to write a novella, then you've really got to compensate your readership for lack of wordage with a tangible and unique 'something... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2012 by Lutz Svensson
While I loved the style of writing and the social commentary in this book, it was incredibly disturbing! Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2010 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book as a gift, with a little curiosity myself too. Glanced at it when it arrived and was immediately drawn into the strange world of Robert Caligari, who kicks... Read morePublished on 7 July 2010 by Paul.F
Its a funny, horrific, delightful, disgusting, charming, grotesque, witty and remarkable fable-like tale that will make you both laugh and squirm.Published on 20 Jan. 2009 by Warrior
This is a very strange tale of a little boy who has an evil streak a mile wide. Strange literary images flood each page, spurred on by the line drawings opposite. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2007 by E. L. Hardy