Written and illustrated by John A. Rowe. First edition thus, 1999. Smithmark Publishers.
Artist John Rowe is the only English-speaking illustrator to be awarded the Grand Prix (1995) at the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava. The prize was awarded for his work on The Beginning of the Armadillos by Rudyard Kipling. His other children's books include Jack The Dog, Rabbit Moon and The Gingerbread Man.
Rowe's beguiling artwork for Peter Piglet, Baby Crow, and Smudge invite a child to take a closer look.
"Peter Piglet is just an ordinary pig, soft and chubby with a tiny snout. But when he finds a pair of golden shoes, Peter Piglet begins to walk, dance, hop...and feel extraordinary. ..."
"Baby Crow is a little bird who longs to sing opera like his famous grandfather. But he can barely muster a peep. With the help of Grandfather Crow (and a lecture on chewing food before swallowing), Baby Crow at last unleashes his vocal prowess. ..."
"Smudge is a battered old rat with stories to tell, including the tale of his own journey to find his home. When merely a diaper-clad tot lapping up warm milk in the garden, Smudge is snatched up and carried away by a big, beady-eyed bird. Bounced from family to family, Smudge keeps striving to fit in. ..."
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Condition*: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Small dampstain on the front, lower right; mild shelf wear.
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