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Posted by Tom, November 1, 2016

A Piglet Called Truffle: “reminiscent of Dick King-Smith at his best”

Last month we published A Piglet Called Truffle – the first book in a FANTASTIC new series for younger readers, written by Helen Peters, author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted The Secret Hen House Theatre and The Farm Beneath the Water, and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon. And the book has just received a fantastic review from The Guardian in their roundup of the best new picture books and novels!

Imogen Russell Williams writes:

“For readers aged five to eight, Helen Peters’ A Piglet Called Truffle is sensitively illustrated by Ellie Snowdon, and reminiscent of Dick King-Smith at his best. Vet’s daughter Jasmine is well placed to raise a runt by stealth – but her family doesn’t need a pig, not even a trained one. How can she persuade them otherwise? This involving, unsentimental little book is the first in a new series that should appeal strongly to animal lovers.”

You can read the full roundup here.

And you can take an early look inside A Piglet Called Truffle below – here’s the first chapter:

Buy the book online.

Brilliant story-telling that will make you laugh and cry, and beautifully illustrated by Ellie Snowdon, this is James Herriot for a new generation.

Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and trying to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means getting herself out of difficulty, too… In A Piglet Called Truffle, Jasmine rescues a tiny piglet from certain death. But Jasmine’s parents don’t believe in farm animals being pets and insist that Truffle must be sold as soon as she’s big enough. So Jasmine begins a campaign to keep her – one that doesn’t seem to be going very well as Truffle gets older and ever-closer to market… In the end, it takes two lost guinea pigs and one cold, frosty night-time adventure to save the mini piglet from disaster.

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