Quentin Corn

An ALA Notable Book.

What’s an intelligent pig to do when he realizes that not only are his horizons limited and his life dull, but the farmer on whom he relies for his grub is planning to serve him up as spareribs? He does just what you would do: he runs away and assumes a new identity — as, of all things, a human. Mary Stolz’s deft style is accompanied by Pamela Johnson’s humorous pencil drawings in this refreshing tale, a long-standing favorite that is now available as a beautifully produced paperback.


Mary Stolz was an American writer of fiction for children and young adults. Her works received Newbery Honors in 1962 and 1966 and her entire body of work was awarded the George G. Stone Recognition of Merit in 1982.

Her literary works range from picture books to young-adult novels. Although most of Stolz’s works are fiction books, she has made a few contributions to magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Seventeen. To Tell Your Love brought Ms. Stolz into the stable of children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom. She stayed with the Harper publishing company for much of her career, through its incarnations from Harper & Brothers to the present-day HarperCollins. Ms. Stolz wrote one book for adults, Truth and Consequence.

Pamela Johnson was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Maine, where she raises sheep. Her other books for Godine include Quentin Corn and The Cuckoo Clock, both by Mary Stolz.