Babe by Dick King-Smith
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 8th 2005 (first published 1983)
Genres: Children’s Fiction
Date Read: June 22, 2017
Knopf is proud to present a handsome 20th-anniversary edition of Dick King-Smith’s bestselling novel that became an Academy Award–nominated movie. When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops—until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better than any sheepdog ever could. Babe is so good, in fact, that the farmer enters him into the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials. Will it take a miracle for Babe to win?
Complete with the original text and stunningly reillustrated by acclaimed artist Maggie Kneen, this anniversary edition of Babe is perfect to introduce a new generation of readers to the magical story of a pig like no other.
One of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I saw the Movie before I read the book. The ways that the book is dissimilar to the movie is that there is no Rex, just Fly. Mrs. Hoggett is nice about Babe, not like in the movie. The Hoggetts’ children aren’t in it and neither is Christmas. Neither is the subplot with the duck. But the basic story is exactly the same, even with the same beginning and ending.
In this book, the animals communicate with each other. The humans are left out of the communication loop, but the Hoggetts are good people who give Babe a chance. The underlying idea is that people think pigs are to be eaten, yet Babe is smart. He doesn’t deserve to be eaten.
It is almost fact that the book is always better than the movie, but to be honest I found myself extremely disappointed with this book.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.