This is a tale from a farm about two pigs, Josephine and Napoleon, and their owner Jennifer (the author of the book). It is a tale of mischief with Napoleon as leader. The simple but well-written story gives an insight into daily life on a farm and how intelligent pigs can work the system. The language is beautifully descriptive with lots of onomatopoeia for children to enjoy.
Written from the pigs’ points of view, the illustrations perfectly depict their frantic feelings about food and adventure. I enjoyed the true-life tale and was pleasantly surprised to find that the book includes a section introducing you to its author, the real pigs that inspired the tale and some interesting information about pigs in general. The graphics in this section make the content easy to dip in and out of. A glossary and a section on Pig-Speak are included.
I think that this is a book that can be shared with children of all primary school ages, and that it will raise questions with some and be enjoyed purely as a story by others.
Title: A Very Greedy Tale
Author: Jennifer Somervell
Illustrator: Margery Fern
Publisher: Tales from the Farm Publications
Date of Publication: August 2016
Ages: 5–9 years old
Reviewer: Kirsten Puddick
School: Holy Cross School, Wellington