A mangy old wolf finds fulfillment in the most unexpected of places...
Finding himself in a new part of town, the wolf spots a theatre which is putting on a new production of Swine Lake. Driven mad by the photographs of tasty pig dancers, he gets himself tickets for the best seat in the house.
Whilst feasting his eyes on the dancers and trying to decide which one to eat first, the wolf finds himself gripped, not by hunger, but by the story, and when the ballet ends, he hasn’t eaten a single pig.
The next day, the wolf returns to the ballet, and this time is so carried away with the story that he joins the dancers on stage. Again, he eats no pigs, but his performance receives excellent reviews in the paper the next day!
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Wolves and pigs have always been excellent fodder for suspenseful children's stories, and Swine Lake proves it once again, this time in the masterful hands of the late James Marshall and Maurice Sendak. Marshall wrote the book fully intending to illustrate it himself, but when he died in 1992, his good friend Sendak was charged with the challenging task of bringing this delightful work to life. And come to life it does! The rollicking tale opens with a mangy, hungry wolf on the prowl in an unfamiliar part of town. Soon the wolf's nose twitches uncontrollably. He smells pigs! Just across the street is a theatre marquee bearing the words: "Swine Lake. Boarshoi Ballet." The wolf can scarcely conceal his delight and "Soon the aroma of pig, thinly disguised by French perfume, was making him swoon."
Snatching matinee tickets from a swanky ticket-scalping sow who arrives in a limousine, he enters the theatre. "Had the ticket taker been more observant, he would have noticed the long claws and much that follows could have been avoided," Marshall adds parenthetically. The wolf is escorted by a distracted usher to his box seat, just a short pounce from the stage. When the show begins, the wolf ponders which might be the juiciest pig. But as he assesses the probable quality of the pork, he begins to get lost in the magical story and decides to put off his attack until Act Two ... and in fact forgets to make his move altogether. That very night he breaks into his piggy bank and spends his last penny on a ticket for the evening performance of Swine Lake.
Anyone who is familiar with Swan Lake will be positively giddy to behold Marshall and Sendak's fabulously porcine take on this well-known ballet, but certainly no cultural context is necessary to appreciate the simple plot. With a winning story about the power of the theatre to soothe the hungriest, toothiest of beasts, this fabulous team has made an absolutely historic contribution to children's literature. Fans will see a lighter, funnier side to Sendak than they've seen before, as Marshall's comic spirit gently guides his paintbrush and pens. (Ages 4 and older) --Karin Snelson, Amazon.comReview:
Sendak's illustrations are filled with sly references to the arts for adults reading this very fractured, very funny tale to children.CCBC Choices 2000
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002549677
Book Description Michael di Capua Books, U.S.A., 2000. hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover. Good condition. One or two minor marks and scores on dust jacket. Slight wear on front lower leading corner of jacket. One or two marks on front flap. ISBN label on rear flap. Slight bumping on hardcover spine foot. One or two marks on front pastedown. Contents are clean and clear throughout. AF. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 444176
Book Description Michael Di Capua Books Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1999. Hardbound. Book Condition: Very Good. Royal octavo in dust jacket, 36 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 20193
Book Description Michael Di Capua books/harper Collins, London, 1999. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Maurice Sendak (illustrator). First Edition. Lovely copy of this play on the ballet Swan Lake, involving any number of awful pig jokes, a mangy wolf, and a lot of fun. Not inscribed or price-clipped, probably unread vf32 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 014489
Book Description Harpercollins, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Maurice Sendak (illustrator). dated 1999 and stated 'first edition'. Both book & unclipped jacket are in VG clean condition. No inscription or ownership markings. No tears or loss. Illustrated in colour. Bookseller Inventory # 023868
Book Description Michael Di Capua Books, United States of America, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Sendak, Maurice (illustrator). 1st Edition. Clean, tight, unmarked; absolute minimal shelfwear; The three pigs performed "Swine Lake" and the big bad wolf gets carried away and joins in. Bookseller Inventory # 001204
Book Description Harper Collins., 1999. Book Condition: Very Good. First. Book- VG. DJ- VG. 9.5x8. 40pp. Profuse Colour drawings. Bookseller Inventory # 238945
Book Description Harper Collins, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine. Maurice Sendak (illustrator). First edition, as stated. Tight binding. No chips, tears, creases or written inscriptions. Dust jacket is NOT price-clipped. Size: Sm 4to (9" to 11"). Bookseller Inventory # 4954