Captain Small Pig

by Martin Waddell
Illustrated by Susan Varley
A charming story of family and a day on the water
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  • ISBN: 9781561455195
  • Publication date: 03/01/2010
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-5/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781561459827
  • Publication date: 03/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-5/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781682630945
  • Publication date: 03/15/2018
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A charming story of family and a day on the water

Out on Blue Lake with his parents Old Goat and Turkey, Small Pig is ready for an adventure. “I’m Captain Commander!” Small Pig said. “Aye aye, Captain Small Pig!” yawned Old Goat. “You are in charge of this boat!” But Small Pig soon tires of rowing and falls asleep. Before they know it, the boat is drifting across the lake, and grumpy Turkey is in for a soaking!

Martin Waddell’s quirky tale, coupled with Susan Varley’s evocative illustrations, makes for a gentle bedtime story filled with quiet adventure.



Martin Waddell


Martin Waddell is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including Captain Small Pig, Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? and Owl Babies. He received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004 and is a two-time winner of the Smarties Book Prize. He lives in Northern Ireland.


Susan Varley


Susan Varley is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including The Boy Who Thought He Was a Teddy Bear, Captain Small Pig,The Monster Bed, and The Monster Storm (both written by Jeanne Willis). She is also the author-illustrator of Badger’s Parting Gifts, which has sold more than a half a million copies worldwide and received numerous awards. Varley lives in England.


“This book pleases at every level.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“The animals’ love for Small Pig is abundantly evident in Varley’s light-infused pen-and-ink art, which emphasizes the tenderness of their interactions and the tranquility of the setting.” ―Publishers Weekly

Captain Small Pig will entice readers with its droll characterizations and splendid pictures.” ―School Library Journal

“Skillfully composed pen-and-ink illustrations lend an old-fashioned feeling to this gentle story, enlivening it with details” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A definite echo of E. H. Shepard in the comfortably broken linework and cozily anthropomorphized animals” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A charming read.” ―Parents Express

“An affectionate, reassuring story… Varley’s watercolors highlight the cozy world created by Waddell.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2010

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2011

CCBC Choices (Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2011

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2011

More Details

AR Level: 2.6
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD670L
Themes: Acceptance, Family, Friendship
BISAC 1: JUV010000 JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
BISAC 2: JUV002200 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pigs
BISAC 3: JUV041020 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft

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