AGE: 6 up
illustrated edition of Etgar Keret's popular story about an endearing young boy
and a friendship he strikes with a piggy bank. This is how it begins:
"Dad wouldn't buy me a Bart Simpson doll. Mom really wanted to, but Dad wouldn't, he said I was spoiled.
'Why should we?' he said to Mom. 'Why should we buy it for him? He just snaps his fingers and you jump to attention.' Dad said I had no respect for money and that if I didn't learn when I was little when was I going to learn? Kids who get Bart Simpson dolls at the drop of a hat turn into punks who steal from convenience stores, cause they wind up thinking they can have whatever they want, just like that. So instead of a Bart doll he bought me an ugly porcelain pig with a slot in its back.
Every morning now I'm supposed to drink a cup of hot cocoa, even though I hate it. With the skin it's one shekel, without the skin it's half a shekel, and if I throw up right after I drink it, I don't get anything.
I drop the coins into the slot in the pig's back, and then, when you shake him you can hear them jingle. Soon as the pig is so full of coins that it doesn't jingle when you shake it, I get a Bart-Simpson-on-a-skateboard doll. That's what Dad says, that way it's educational."
Illustrations: David Polonsky
Translated from the Hebrew by Miriam Shlesinger
The illustrations are
beautiful and thought provoking … Adapting the book and making it accessible to
young children is to be welcomed, and is likely to contribute greatly to the
shaping of the cultural taste of our children.
President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin
Breaking the Pig is the story of an object in the best
tradition of Hans Christian Andersen … a classical, heroic, optimistic tale … Breaking
the Pig is a coming-of-age journey … It contains darkness and gloom, but
also triumph and power … It has many layers.
Marit Ben Israel, Wordpress
A gift book, with stunning illustrations… Suitable as a gift
for all admirers of Etgar Keret and for everyone who has ever loved something
and understood that sometimes to love is to set free.
Meira Barnea Goldberg, Mako
A heart-rending story …
Grown youngsters and their parents will enjoy the story, and certainly also the
Breaking the Pig
is apparently one of Keret’s favorite stories, and it is considered a gem … The
book’s outstanding design, as well as the quality of the printing and
Polonsky’s works of illustration make this new edition of the story a great
success … The characters are convincing, the story is moving, the drama
Yotam Shwimmer, Ha-Pinkas