Book Review: Cerdito a juicio; comment by author Darlene Foster; & book giveaway!

Cerdito a juicioBook: Cerdito a juicio 
(translation: Pig on trial)
Author: Darlene Foster
Publisher: Ediciones Camelot SRL
Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: children's
Pages: 30; paperback
Price:  $12.00
My rating: enjoyable bilingual medieval tale

Poor Fredrick! He was innocently minding his own business when soldiers showed up and arrested him, and ten-year-old Sebastian could do nothing about it. When Father came home, immediately the decision was made to go and sort out the misunderstanding. He took Sebastian with him, and what transpires is not quite as easy a rescue as expected. Fredrick was slated to be executed, and  Fredrick is the family’s pet pig!

Imagine medieval times, bizarre accusations, a pig on trial and the efforts to rescue him – as told by a ten-year-old boy. Now you have an interesting story.  Plus it’s in two languages – English and Spanish.

When I asked author Darlene Foster if there was anything she wanted to tell me about the story or the writing of it, here is what she said:

“I got the idea for the story a few years ago when I learned that animals were put on trial and sometimes executed in medieval times. I thought that children might find that interesting. Then, I met someone who, when he was a child, had a pet pig called Frederick, and I loved that name for a pig. As often happens, I couldn’t sleep one night, so I got up and scribbled down the first draft of the story. When I moved to Spain, I was introduced to a publisher here. He offered to translate the story into Spanish so we could offer a bi-lingual book to children (and adults) who wanted to learn either language. I am pleased with how the book turned out and will be doing readings at four outlets in Spain this summer.”

Congratulations, Darlene! 🙂  This is a wonderful book. 

Here’s an inside view to show you how it’s laid out in two languages:

Cerdito a juicio.2Now, to my readers located anywhere in the world I am offering one copy of Cerdito a juicio. If you want to put your name in for your chance to win this book, all you have to do is leave a comment about anything mentioned in this post. Easy peasy. 

You have until July 31 at 10 PM AST, that’s 9 PM Eastern, to get your name in. Don’t put it off! I will use an automated random name picker to select one winner. The next day, August 1, I will make the announcement of who won  Darlene Foster’s Cerdito a juicio.

You can find Cerdito a juicio on my BUY THE BOOK page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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20 responses to “Book Review: Cerdito a juicio; comment by author Darlene Foster; & book giveaway!

  1. Thanks for the review of Pig on Trial and for offering a copy as a giveaway. Frederick and I appreciate it!

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  2. I love the idea of the dual language narrative! Love even more the idea of a pig on trial. Sounds like a great book!!

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  3. What a great way to teach children history with such a unique experience! Darlene is a gift to children and what a delight that this book is available in Spanish too!

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  4. I was struck by your mentioning that you got up one night when you couldn’t sleep and “penned” the first draft. Last week I read a quote by Saul Bellow that verifies the clarity of thought writers get with a little rest: “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”

    Well, Darlene, you probably revised your story after its inception. Still, you were just polishing an already brilliant idea. Brava!

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  5. Oh, the stupidity of mankind: to put animals on trial! Hope this story has a happy ending! ☺

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  6. I’d love to read this book. I tried my hand at learning Spanish a few years ago, and now I can pretty much only ask “Where is the bathroom?”, so I think this book would help me out. Great post!

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