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The Marzipan Pig (Puffin Books) Paperback – 17 Oct 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (17 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140326839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140326833
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Each new turn is the occasion for some entertaining repartee as well as implicit ruminations on love between two beings that may not share a language or seem to communicate. This is all more accessible and fun than it may sound in summary. Hoban's deft, poetic style is perfect for sharing aloud; Blake's many humorous illustrations (black-and-white and thus more subdued than usual) enliven the attractive format. A good choice for young readers who enjoy fantasy." "Kirkus Reviews"
"Exploring the same themes of love and its redeeming power as in The Mouse and His Child, Hoban incorporates humor and adventure in this short, fable-like story. Blake's charcoal-and-ink drawings charmingly illuminate the text." "Publishers Weekly""

Children the least sentimental beings on this planet will recognize this remarkable book for what it is, a story about the great sweet mysteries of love and mortality. Kathryn Davis
"Each new turn is the occasion for some entertaining repartee as well as implicit ruminations on love between two beings that may not share a language or seem to communicate. This is all more accessible and fun than it may sound in summary. Hoban's deft, poetic style is perfect for sharing aloud; Blake's many humorous illustrations (black-and-white and thus more subdued than usual) enliven the attractive format. A good choice for young readers who enjoy fantasy." "Kirkus Reviews"
"Exploring the same themes of love and its redeeming power as in The Mouse and His Child, Hoban incorporates humor and adventure in this short, fable-like story. Blake's charcoal-and-ink drawings charmingly illuminate the text." "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"There is," said the marzipan pig, "such sweetness in me!" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback
Russell Hoban is quite, quite bonkers. His books are all wildly different, but all share the common thread of being full of whimsy and sheer genius. This is a strange love story about a marzipan pig who is filled with a sweetness and longing for love that is passed on into the mouse who eats him and from there to an owl who falls in love with a taxi meter and on in a whole ribboning loop of events that take you back to the beginning of the story again.
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A brilliantly imaginative and funny book. I loved reading this to my daughter when she was little, and we both rolled around in hysterics. I think me more than her.

This book immediately established Russell Hoban as a writer of genius for me, and sent me in search of his others. I wasn't disappointed. Check out The Mouse and his Child, and Ridley Walker. Astonishing works. A very underrated writer.
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This is one of my favourite books of all time. It is the story of many characters, beginning with a marzipan pig who spends quite a long time behind the sofa, gathering dust (and wisdom) which is then passed on to others as the story evolves (first to the mouse who nibbles him, for example). The images of the owl who falls in love with the London taxi meter and the mouse dancing in the hibiscus frock in the moonlight will stay with you, and you will want you to read this book again and again. Oh, it is also about love and hope. My children enjoy this book very much, but I enjoy it as much (or more) than they do! It is illustrated by the brilliant Quentin Blake. Highly, highly recommend this one!
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I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98770be8) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x98781168) out of 5 stars A beautiful poem in the form of a children's story 18 Sept. 2004
By Victor J. B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I can say without exaggeration that this book changed my life. I read it over 15 years ago when I was studying Hoban as a literature student and was stuck by the bitter thread of lonliness that runs through much of Hoban's writing. I think it finds its most perfect and certainly its most concentrated expression in this work. Yes, this is a children's story and my children love it (although not as much as, say, ACE Dragon) but it is also so much more. When I first met my wife ten years ago I gave her a copy of this book. Actually, we had been going out for a month or two and she called me that day to say we shouldn't see any more of each other. She thought our relationship might have a negative impact on her career as we were work colleagues at the time. I wandered into a bookstore at lunchtime and chanced upon a copy of Marzipan Pig which I bought and left with her. Three days later she called me back to say she had made a mistake. Thus I avoided the fate of the clock in this story. Thank you Mr Hoban, many thanks indeed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987811c8) out of 5 stars The most amazing children's book ever 25 Mar. 2008
By Mom of 1 yr old - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for a quarter at a tag sale for my son. Although he's not yet old enough to be interested in it, I immediately fell in love. It is beautifully written, more of a poem than a story. Its just wonderful, there really is no other word. I am sure I will read it over and over (although for the price of it offered here, I will not be buying it for friends and relatives, as planned when I got online tonight).
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98781600) out of 5 stars edible love 20 Oct. 2001
By Tanya Sparke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Love......................Love.................................... the owl looked with powerful intent,Love............. the neon taxi lamp was the most beautiful thing to be ever who, whoed by owl.
This book is the sweetest childrens story an adult will ever read.Our passionless moments in life are all in this splendid book. Something one can digest with ones family.
HASH(0x987819cc) out of 5 stars Cute story. Looking forward to passing down the story ... 3 Jan. 2015
By Margaret L. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cute story. Looking forward to passing down the story of the Marzipan Pig to my grand kids. My Swedish Grandparents always sent us a small Marzipan Pig every Christmas while he was alive. Never knew the story behind the pig. Now I can enhance the Tradition. Thank you.
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