The Peppermint Pig
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The illustration on our cover is taken from The Ankle Grabber, written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Moira Kemp (1870817 07 9, £5.50). The book is published by Ragged Bears and is one of the Creepies series (for full details see page 4). We are grateful to Ragged Bears and Rose Impey for help in using this illustration.
The Peppermint Pig is Johnnie, the little runt that Poll's mother bought from the milkman for a shilling. This is a homely story brought to life with Carole Boyd's warm narration. It's not just about the characterful Johnnie who sleeps in a shoe box, but also Poll's mother's brave struggle for her family after her father takes the blame for another man's crime and goes to America - and Poll herself growing up, her long illness and her fears that her beloved Johnnie will be turned into pork to feed the needy family. It appeals on different levels to a wide age group.