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It's a Christmas tale only a man called Kinky could tell.

King Jonjo Mayo the First is in a bind. Every Christmas, he commissions an artist to paint a traditional nativity scene to be dramatically revealed after midnight mass. This year, though, the date is mere weeks away, and he still has not yet found his painter. The king decides to take a chance on a peculiar, mute boy whose artistic genius and clairvoyance are rumored throughout the kingdom. He sends three valiant, if begrudging, knights to seek out the boy in the remote countryside. Finally, they find Benjamin — and he is, indeed, peculiar. Nobody knows if the child is up to the task, but the king's Christmas tradition — and Benjamin himself — might just be saved by a Christmas miracle that comes in the form of a very special pig — who is rather peculiar herself.

Review:

"Prolific novelist and Texas gubernatorial candidate Friedman sets his winning tearjerker Christmas story in a faraway land, where a 'good king' decides he needs an artist to create a nativity scene to reawaken the Christmas spirit among his dejected subjects. His adviser suggests Benjamin for the job, a 10-year-old who exhibits symptoms of autism (he doesn't speak and feels no emotion, but is a gifted painter). Benjamin undertakes the king's commission and works on the painting in a barn, where he befriends Valerie, a talking pig who brings Benjamin out of his autistic shell. He wants to paint his porcine best friend into the scene, but fears he can't because pigs don't appear in the biblical story. The ending is the saddest thing since Old Yeller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Prolific novelist and Texas gubernatorial candidate Friedman sets his winning tearjerker Christmas story in a faraway land, where a 'good king' decides he needs an artist to create a nativity scene to reawaken the Christmas spirit among his dejected subjects. His adviser suggests Benjamin for the job, a 10-year-old who exhibits symptoms of autism (he doesn't speak and feels no emotion, but is a gifted painter). Benjamin undertakes the king's commission and works on the painting in a barn, where he befriends Valerie, a talking pig who brings Benjamin out of his autistic shell. He wants to paint his porcine best friend into the scene, but fears he can't because pigs don't appear in the biblical story. The ending is the saddest thing since Old Yeller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Friedman throws his cowboy hat into the holiday fiction ring with this fable about an autistic boy and a very special pig named Valerie." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Putting a new twist on a Christmas tale in his own inimitable way, Friedman offers this story set in a magic kingdom. Commissioned by the king to paint the nativity scene to be unveiled at Christmas midnight mass, a ten-year-old autistic boy boy, who has never spoken, befriends a pig who helps him find his voice and his heart.

About the Author

Kinky Friedman is a former country music star, Texas Monthly columnist, and author of a successful mystery series. He is running for Governor of Texas in November '06. He wants to take things back to a time when the cowboys all sang and their horses were smart.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534983
Subtitle:
A Fable
Author:
Friedman, Kinky
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Christmas stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Satire
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061114
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7.525 oz

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Product details 176 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416534983 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prolific novelist and Texas gubernatorial candidate Friedman sets his winning tearjerker Christmas story in a faraway land, where a 'good king' decides he needs an artist to create a nativity scene to reawaken the Christmas spirit among his dejected subjects. His adviser suggests Benjamin for the job, a 10-year-old who exhibits symptoms of autism (he doesn't speak and feels no emotion, but is a gifted painter). Benjamin undertakes the king's commission and works on the painting in a barn, where he befriends Valerie, a talking pig who brings Benjamin out of his autistic shell. He wants to paint his porcine best friend into the scene, but fears he can't because pigs don't appear in the biblical story. The ending is the saddest thing since Old Yeller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prolific novelist and Texas gubernatorial candidate Friedman sets his winning tearjerker Christmas story in a faraway land, where a 'good king' decides he needs an artist to create a nativity scene to reawaken the Christmas spirit among his dejected subjects. His adviser suggests Benjamin for the job, a 10-year-old who exhibits symptoms of autism (he doesn't speak and feels no emotion, but is a gifted painter). Benjamin undertakes the king's commission and works on the painting in a barn, where he befriends Valerie, a talking pig who brings Benjamin out of his autistic shell. He wants to paint his porcine best friend into the scene, but fears he can't because pigs don't appear in the biblical story. The ending is the saddest thing since Old Yeller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Friedman throws his cowboy hat into the holiday fiction ring with this fable about an autistic boy and a very special pig named Valerie."
"Synopsis" by , Putting a new twist on a Christmas tale in his own inimitable way, Friedman offers this story set in a magic kingdom. Commissioned by the king to paint the nativity scene to be unveiled at Christmas midnight mass, a ten-year-old autistic boy boy, who has never spoken, befriends a pig who helps him find his voice and his heart.
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