I came across this book hiding in the shelves in the picture book department at work and was immediately captured by the illustrations. I’m not the only one to appreciate the illustrations as this book was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Prize for illustration. http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/greenaway/
The story follows a typically fat pig and his goose partner as they are invited to a mysterious weekend at Eatum Hall with the promise of great culinary delights.
Anthropologically speaking pigs are supposedly very intelligent; this fat one isn’t. In fact it takes up to the end of the book for the goose and pig to realise they are at the mercy of the bad man’s culinary desires. Meanwhile, the reader is treated to crafty clues throughout the book. Like many children’s tales and indeed Disney films, it is the older reader who will appreciate many references.
Whilst the book can seem quite daunting and intimidating upon first glance, you can be relieved to know there is a moral and reassuring ending for all to enjoy and I’m sure you will return to the book time and time again if only the wonderful illustrations, the goose just reminds me of those wonderful two in The Aristocats! Think Poirot meets the Guess Who game.