The Prince and the Porker

Illustrator: David Roberts

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 5+

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Pignatius was passing the palace one day, when he saw ten fresh buns left to cool on a tray…
Sneaking into the palace, looking for more treats, Pignatius tries on a wig and some clothes and the servants mistake him for the real prince! Of course the rein of this porky impostor can't last long, but when the actual prince returns, he saves Pignatius's bacon. It turns out that he's always wanted a double to deal with a particularly frightening dragon… his Aunt Alice!


Peter Bently (Author)
Peter Bently was born in Tidworth and attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied for a BA Hons in Modern Languages. He has two young children and now lives in Devon. Cats Ahoy!, his picture book with Jim Field, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011, and King Jack and the Dragon (with Helen Oxenbury) was named as an American Library Association Notable Book of the year.

David Roberts (Illustrator)
David Roberts is an award-winning illustrator who has earned great acclaim for his distinctive style. He was born in Liverpool and studied fashion design at university in Manchester. After graduating, he worked as a milliner and a fashion illustrator, but always felt his true calling was in children’s books. David finally realised his dream when his first book was published in 1998, and since then he has collaborated with some of Britain’s finest children’s authors, including Julia Donaldson, Sally Gardner, Philip Ardagh and Jacqueline Wilson. He is also the creator of the popular Dirty Bertie books. He lives in London with his husband. His book Little Red was shortlisted for the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal. In 2006 he won the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award for his line drawings in Mouse Noses on Toast.


A beautifully illustrated tale… told in charming rhyme


Young readers will delight in this tale of mischievous mayhem, not to mention the lavish watercolour illustrations and clever rhymes.

Evening Standard

David Roberts is on excellent form.

Independent, Best Picture Books for Children

Peter Bently’s rhyming text is a treat to read aloud, while David Roberts has a ball with the illustrations …a real favourite.

Andrea Reece, Lovereading

Delectable, mischievous fun.

Publishers Weekly

The absurdly stylish David Roberts adds panache to this pig tale with fabulous fashions, décor to die-for and illustrated edibles that genuinely look good enough to eat… An afternoon tea of a picture book; luxurious and ludicrous.

Books for Keeps

With a jaunty and humour-filled rhyme from Peter Bently, supported and brought to life by David Roberts regal illustrations, this is a right royal porker of a story.

Picture Books Blogger

Hilarious… A brilliant read-aloud text alongside sumptuously detailed pictures.

The Bookseller

A book you’ll enjoy just as much as your little ones.

Storytime, Book of the Month

A clever, rhyming take on the story of the Prince and the Pauper


Peter Bently’s rhyming story reads aloud well, and David Roberts’ illustrations are a delight. Highly recommended.

The School Librarian

Daft wordplay and zany illustrations

Glasgow Herald

Tremendous fun


This witty retelling of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, masterfully penned by Bently in clever rhyming couplets, takes on the premise of mistaken identities with great comic effect.

My Little Style File

Bently and Roberts make a great partnership, as the rhyming text and illustrations are both packed with detail and humour

Nursery World

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