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The Boy Who Kicked Pigs Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Oct 2005

3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (20 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571230547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571230549
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Grotesque and depraved and above all very funny.' Ardal O'Hanlon"

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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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
This is a delightfully curious book, a short and heavily illustrated (every other page is art) tale seemingly aimed at children but of such a dark content that it may well be more appreciated by adults. As Baker himself describes it: "This really is a very sad and terrible story. It is a tale of undiluted horror". The story concerns an evil young boy called Robert Caligari, and how his hatred of humanity leads to a truly ghastly comeuppance, and is told in Baker's unique and, let's face it, utterly loopy style. A delightfully mad jet black comedy, a book to both amuse children and give them nightmares. Nice one, Tom.
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This is an amazing tale of a terrible boy who is not nice. There are surreal moments and really quite silly bits. The story is all over the place, and slightly flimsy, which makes this more of a cult book but it will have its ardent fans. Wonderful illustrations by David Roberts though.
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Format: Hardcover
When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! It is a strange story about a boy who despises pigs, but then realises it's humans he hates. This is the story of how he gets his own back on humans - and kills loads of people in the process, buy shooting an arrow into a horse!!!
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.
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I really enjoyed the layout of this book, very simple and a fantastical mix between dark adult humor and a childish appearance. Without giving too much away, I felt the ending was a little too graphic and its childish demeanor was completely lost. I do enjoy a bit of gore (American Psycho would definitely feature in my top 10) but I felt it was a little out of place here. Other then that, I quite enjoyed this book. Easily readable in about... an hour? About 100 pages long (with 'pretty' pictures and full of vibrancy. Except nothing less from Doctor Who.
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The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a morality tale in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm and Roald Dahl. It is wickedly funny and deliciously nasty. Set out as a children's story (although at the price of this edition that would be a brave bit of parenting) although almost certainly not suitable for the younger child, it delights in disturbing events and true unpleasantness.
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.
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By A Customer on 16 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
Well, I imagine this book will take you no more than a couple of hours to get through. Question is, is it worth it? It's an adult novel masquerading as a children's novel, it's strange, it's gory, it's funny, but it's too short. The style falls somewhere between Roald Dahl and Robert Rankin, without being as good as either.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well, what can I say? Definately not my usual sort of read but a friend lent it to me and urged me to read it. Its a really short, young adults book.
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!
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Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutly wicked tale and is absolutly funny! I have to say it is a brilliant story but just a little bit sick, if you know what I mean! Read it as soon as possible, it is a must for any one!
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