Ah, the wonderful hours spent with literary pigs, from the Three Little Pigs to Wilbur, and now to Toby, who has graced us with PYG: The Memoirs Of A Learned Pig. A new printing, edited by Russell Potter, makes available a rare book absent from our lives. The editor has wisely left in tact the early nineteenth century style of the original so the reader may take a gentle stroll through the English countryside with some mild adventure on the side so to speak.
If only parents had the foresight to begin immediately, even before their child can read on his own, to collect all the piggy books soon to be a part of their child’s life, what a fine display such a collection would make later in life. Even now, it is not too late to begin.
I must add a post script as I am stressed by a David Streitfeld article The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy in The New York Times of Sunday, August 26, 2012. Streitfeld quotes Bing Liu who, “estimates that about one-third of all consumer reviews on the Internet are false.” Streitfeld claims many authors buy favorable reviews, lots of favorable reviews. Well, I am taken aback.
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