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Pig #1: The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig Award-winning author

by Emer Stamp (author)

Suitable for 8+ years

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Product description

We love Pig (we can’t help it), but Pig loves Farmer, and he can’t help it either. After all, Farmer gives Pig yummy slops and special back scratches, and calls him Sausage and seems to love him more, the fatter he gets. Just as well Pig doesn’t speak any Farmer. But Duck does (Duck’s clever like that), and he’s determined his best friend should know the truth. This is tough for Pig. But Pig won’t just sit there and weep (though we may do, on his behalf), because there’s help from an unexpected quarter: the Evil Chickens have a plan…

Product Details


Pig (book 1)







Date published

March 6th, 2014

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.3; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 192 pages




Pig Pig


Emer Stamp

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  1. Pat
    on 17 February 2015

    Emer Stamp - my heroine!

    Yesterday, I saw Emer Stamp speak at the South Bank Centre with my 11-year-old son. This morning, he came downstairs to tell me that he had just read the first chapter of The Secret Diary of Pig. Not an especially surprising announcement, perhaps – except that he is very dyslexic and has NEVER read anything by himself before. Learning to read has been a struggle for him, so it’s a delight to hear him filled with such enthusiasm for Emer’s books.

    He and I read Emer’s second book together (no idea why we started with that one, but…). In fact, we finished it yesterday morning, just before coming to see Emer speak. At last, his skill was just about advanced enough to enable him to read one page (v. slowly) to my three or four, and it has been the first of anything – book, worksheet, cereal packet – he has read that engaged his sense of humour and wasn’t way too young and halting for his interest. It took us two months to read, taking just a few pages every day.

    And now he has picked up Emer’s other book entirely on his own inspiration and read the first chapter while lying in bed this morning. He just told me what happens in the chapter, and is intent on reading the whole book by himself, no reading aloud. A year ago, I honestly thought this day would never come. I’m so proud of him.

  2. Nathan
    on 1 June 2014

    Favourite book!

    I got the book from Santa and started to read it straight away as it looked weird. But my thoughts changed after reading it. I loved it! I have now read it over 5 times, definitely a must buy.

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What kids think

  1. mrsquishypaws
    on 30 May 2018

    I think this book is very funny and hilarious and one of the best books I’ve ever read. Pig talks funny all the time and he talks about poop a lot. I also like when pig finds duck in the trocket toolbox because duck talks funny when he’s in the toolbox.

    5out of 5
  2. Boeing737
    on 9 November 2017

    Hilarious and funny

    5out of 5
  3. dstar1909
    on 10 May 2016

    This book is great for readers who enjoy funny but crazy books and people who like no-grammar books will also like it. :) :) :)

    5out of 5
  4. MamaMay45
    on 30 July 2015

    this book is really really really funny i give this book 5 stars

    5out of 5
  5. RosesAreRed
    on 17 May 2015

    I thought this book was hilarious! Pig writes his diary in pig language which at first takes some getting used to. His funny expressions such as “THE EVIL CHICKENS” show his perfect imagination. I loved reading about his “yummy slops”! Pig gives weekdays different names, like Fazzleday and Dibbleday, which I really found funny. Pig’s diary is full of his secrets, embarrassing moments and his adventures. Please read this book, I am begging you. It is the most hilarious book on earth!

    5out of 5
  6. TJ1206
    on 8 October 2014

    This is an awesome book! It is soooo funny.

    5out of 5
  7. Ice-Kitty-Girl
    on 13 August 2014

    Normally I wouldn’t like this kind of book, but you must admit, this was pretty good. :)

    5out of 5
  8. Tigger49
    on 12 April 2014

    I loved it. It is very funny and it is the number 1book of the year. It is made to think that a pig actually wrote it. It’s where a pig lives on a farm and pig is good and his best friend is a duck. His enemy is chickens. Pig thinks there up to something when duck sees them building a trocket(a rocket made out of a tractor). When they where done they ask pig to go to space(not knowing that that the chickens hoped it would blow up

    5out of 5
  9. Potterfan7
    on 8 March 2014


  10. heart29
    on 7 March 2014

    funny animal book!

    4out of 5
  11. Celine1
    on 5 March 2014

    This book is so funny and good reccomend it to anyone I love it xx

  12. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 22 October 2013

    “You should read this book because it will make you laugh out loud. Pig is not that smart so it is a good job he has Duck to look out for him when the Evil Chickens are being really evil. I read it twice I liked it so much!”

    Callum, aged 8

    “This story was all about Pig going up into space. My favourite character was Pig because he is funny, sometimes he has good ideas and because no pig is perfect. My favourite part was at the end when Pig and Duck blasted chicken into space using a trocket which is a rocket made from the broken pieces from the old tractor.

    I loved reading this book. I loved the entire book. I could not have had more fun reading this book. I felt like I was in Pig and Ducks adventure. The book felt so real.

    I am going to write down my favourite night: Bingo night Hello. When I has told you that things what happened has been bonkers, well they has never been as bonkers as what happened tonight. What happened tonight is much more bonkers than all the bonkers that I have ever said was bonkers. Wow! That’s a lot of bonkers. I is starting to go bonkers just writing bonkers! Anyways, here is what happened. Boom! Boom! Boom! Duck pressed the GO button and next, whoosh! The chicken house was off.

    O, ye a trocket is a rocket made out of old tractor pieces the evil chickens found in the old hay barn. Pig flew off in the trocket up to space and his destination was Pluto but he landed back on Earth.”

    Stephanie, aged 8

    5out of 5