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THE MALAY TALE OF THE PIG KING was originally written by a merchant from Semarang (now Indonesia) in 1775 as Hikayat Raja Babi. The story begins when a royal couple is cursed to have a child who resembles a pig. Aside from his unusual appearance, The Pig King is a cheeky but brave, strong and kind-hearted person. He goes on several thrilling adventures in order to prove h THE MALAY TALE OF THE PIG KING was originally written by a merchant from Semarang (now Indonesia) in 1775 as Hikayat Raja Babi. The story begins when a royal couple is cursed to have a child who resembles a pig. Aside from his unusual appearance, The Pig King is a cheeky but brave, strong and kind-hearted person. He goes on several thrilling adventures in order to prove himself -- and also to win the heart of his lady love. Will he succeed?


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THE MALAY TALE OF THE PIG KING was originally written by a merchant from Semarang (now Indonesia) in 1775 as Hikayat Raja Babi. The story begins when a royal couple is cursed to have a child who resembles a pig. Aside from his unusual appearance, The Pig King is a cheeky but brave, strong and kind-hearted person. He goes on several thrilling adventures in order to prove h THE MALAY TALE OF THE PIG KING was originally written by a merchant from Semarang (now Indonesia) in 1775 as Hikayat Raja Babi. The story begins when a royal couple is cursed to have a child who resembles a pig. Aside from his unusual appearance, The Pig King is a cheeky but brave, strong and kind-hearted person. He goes on several thrilling adventures in order to prove himself -- and also to win the heart of his lady love. Will he succeed?

30 review for THE MALAY TALE OF THE PIG KING

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fadillah

    “Tidakkah bonda malu berputerakan patik binatang haram zadah? Jangankan di dalam istana baginda, jika di bawah rumah segala rakyat pun tidak harus patik ditaruh akan Duli Tuanku. Hai, Memanda Raja Mangkubumi dan Perdana Menteri! Segeralah bawak sanda keluar dari dalam negeri ini! Syahdan buangkanlah kami ke dalam hutan yang besar dan hantarkanlah kami ke padang yang maha luas. Di sanalah tempat babi semayam samanya babi.” - Hikayat Raja Babi / The Malay Tale of Pig King by Usup Abdul Kadir . . I’ve “Tidakkah bonda malu berputerakan patik binatang haram zadah? Jangankan di dalam istana baginda, jika di bawah rumah segala rakyat pun tidak harus patik ditaruh akan Duli Tuanku. Hai, Memanda Raja Mangkubumi dan Perdana Menteri! Segeralah bawak sanda keluar dari dalam negeri ini! Syahdan buangkanlah kami ke dalam hutan yang besar dan hantarkanlah kami ke padang yang maha luas. Di sanalah tempat babi semayam samanya babi.” - Hikayat Raja Babi / The Malay Tale of Pig King by Usup Abdul Kadir . . I’ve been meaning to read The Malay Tale of The Pig King in its original text since Fixi offered it for free in Google Play Books years ago. However, i couldn’t get into it because it used classic Malay language 😭 .This is when i realized that i have been colonised for as long as i can remember that reading in classic Malay prompted system error in my brain. ‘Prosa Tradisional’ that i learned back then couldn’t even save me in finishing the book. The fact that Fixi transliterated it from ‘Jawi’ to ‘Rumi’ deserved another applause. Imagine reading it in Jawi, i would have been so lost. When Matahari books decided to start crowdfunding and published it in english, i was elated. The tale was written 246 years ago and used ‘Pig’ as a main character really stood out to me. As a Malaysian Muslim, we dont eat pork but weirdly - pig (or we said ‘BABI’) is a constant swear/curse word that we used when we are frustrated/Angry/Annoyed at someone. Knowing that we have this folktale out there is wild - to say the least. The original text is heavily influenced with Islamic references and values but it was nowhere to be found in this children book. I personally dont mind as the other readers can read the original text if they want to as the book already published years ago. As for the story, imagine sleeping beauty mixed with Brave (instead of curse to be a Bear, you change into a pig) - sprinkled it with the war in the lord of the rings with many magical elements to it and Voila, you got the Malay Tale Of The Pig King. I am just hoping that one day, i can finish the original text of the Malay Tale of The Pig King. One Day! As for the illustrations in this book, i think those who have read the book will agree that it is so gorgeous. I was mesmerized by it. Overall, I would highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fuka-chan

    Received this book today. Very beautiful illustration however did the story got lost in translation because clearly I was missing some plot. Anyway reading this book made me want to read the original version of the story in it's native words. Any advice where I can find this? Thanks! Received this book today. Very beautiful illustration however did the story got lost in translation because clearly I was missing some plot. Anyway reading this book made me want to read the original version of the story in it's native words. Any advice where I can find this? Thanks!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zaharahanum Kamarudin

    Pertama kali mendengar judul Hikayat Raja Babi, saya tergamam. Yalah, orang Melayu sangat "takut" akan babi, hingga menyebut "babi" itu menimbulkan serba salah. Maka itu, lebih banyak orang menyebutnya "khinzir" sedangkan perkataan itu bermaksud babi juga. Rupa-rupanya, Hikayat Raja Babi dikarang pada tahun 1775 oleh seorang pedagang dari Semarang bernama Usup Abdul Kadir. Naskhah ini diterbitkan semula oleh FIXI Retro pada tahun 2015. Baru-baru ini, Hikayat Raja Babi diterbitkan sekali lagi, tet Pertama kali mendengar judul Hikayat Raja Babi, saya tergamam. Yalah, orang Melayu sangat "takut" akan babi, hingga menyebut "babi" itu menimbulkan serba salah. Maka itu, lebih banyak orang menyebutnya "khinzir" sedangkan perkataan itu bermaksud babi juga. Rupa-rupanya, Hikayat Raja Babi dikarang pada tahun 1775 oleh seorang pedagang dari Semarang bernama Usup Abdul Kadir. Naskhah ini diterbitkan semula oleh FIXI Retro pada tahun 2015. Baru-baru ini, Hikayat Raja Babi diterbitkan sekali lagi, tetapi oleh Matahari Books dalam versi kanak-kanak berbahasa Inggeris. Penceritaan semula dibuat oleh Heidi Shamsuddin dan ilustrasi disediakan oleh Evi Shelvia dengan judul The Malay Tale of the Pig King. Naskhah kulit keras ini memanglah menepati ciri fizikal buku kanak-kanak berbahasa Inggeris. Ceritanya ringkas dan ilustrasinya sangat cantik. Saya teruja melihat ciri khas Nusantara dilarik pada setiap halaman. Perhatikan pakaian raja, permaisuri, Tuan Puteri Indera Kemala, pari-pari, malah corak pada tubuh Garuda dan jubah serta kain layang si Raja Babi mempunyai ciri khas ini. Hal yang demikianlah menyebabkan naskhah ini berbaloi dijadikan koleksi terutama bagi yang menghargai ilustrasi. Seperkara lagi yang boleh diambil perhatian, naskhah ini diterbitkan menggunakan dana awam. Senarai pendana diletakkan pada halaman hadapan buku ini. Tersenyum saya melihat sebahagian nama pendana merupakan nama yang saya kenali. Semoga satu hari nanti, saya juga akan terlibat dalam aktiviti dana seperti ini. Selamat membaca! #MalaysiaMembaca #SasteraKanakKanak #MatahariBooks

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nazrin A

    Apabila Saudara Amir Muhammad menghebahkan tentang crowdfunding untuk buku The Malay Tales of the Pig King aku tidak berlengah untuk menyokongnya. Sebenarnya aku ada buku Hikayat Raja Babi terbitan Fixi Retro, yang telah dibeli lama dahulu tapi… aku masih belum membacanya (salah aku!) Aku ada baca beberapa resensi buku tersebut yang mengatakan kerana buku itu ditulis lama dahulu jadi bahasa klasik yang digunakan agak sukar difahami. Berbeza dengan buku versi bahasa Inggeris ini, ia ditulis dengan Apabila Saudara Amir Muhammad menghebahkan tentang crowdfunding untuk buku The Malay Tales of the Pig King aku tidak berlengah untuk menyokongnya. Sebenarnya aku ada buku Hikayat Raja Babi terbitan Fixi Retro, yang telah dibeli lama dahulu tapi… aku masih belum membacanya (salah aku!) Aku ada baca beberapa resensi buku tersebut yang mengatakan kerana buku itu ditulis lama dahulu jadi bahasa klasik yang digunakan agak sukar difahami. Berbeza dengan buku versi bahasa Inggeris ini, ia ditulis dengan bahasa yang lebih mudah. Boleh dikatakan ia sesuai dibaca oleh kanak-kanak. Tapi yang menarik perhatian aku adalah ilustrasinya yang cantik. 4 bintang sebab ilustrasinya dan nama aku terpahat dalamnya sebagai penyokong buku ini :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyana Khairuddin

    Quick & easy read. The storytelling is a bit wonky - the protagonist seems to jump from one adventure to the next without any apparent reason. But the graphics are pretty! Good for bedtime story telling with the kids.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fee Anyau

    Quick and easy read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Disclaimer: I've never read the novel Hikayat Raja Babi before so I've no detailed context on the original story, I'm focusing solely on this children book. I'm not gonna lie, I did have high expectation going into this one, because it's supposed to be one of the greatest tale of all time and it's been a while since I read Malay folklores. Sadly, this book falls short. Let's talk about the illustrations first which is very magical and fantasy-ish, I love the cooperation of textiles for the charact Disclaimer: I've never read the novel Hikayat Raja Babi before so I've no detailed context on the original story, I'm focusing solely on this children book. I'm not gonna lie, I did have high expectation going into this one, because it's supposed to be one of the greatest tale of all time and it's been a while since I read Malay folklores. Sadly, this book falls short. Let's talk about the illustrations first which is very magical and fantasy-ish, I love the cooperation of textiles for the characters' clothings. The illustrator has this unique art style for this book whereby she sort of combine images (realistic drawings) & sketches, which is very stunning. But because of personal preference, I find that some elements for certain scenes don't really complement each other well. Again, this is just personal preferences. Overall, I can see that the illustrator put great amount of effort and details into each and every page of this book. Moving to the story, I understand it's hard for the writer to pick only few significant scenes from the original tale. However, I can't help it but to find the flow from one to the next scene was choppy & things change rather abruptly in this story. Tbh, the scenes that are choppy can easily be tied together with a line or two just to make it more coherent. It might change the actual text a bit here and there (MIGHT) but it's a retelling, the story has been modified, so yea. If you think I'm digging too deep, I'm not. I'm reading this and thinking as one of the boy in my class, I can imagine they ask me so many questions if I were to tell this story to them. Hence, I'm not planning to do so after seeing how loosely the story is tied. Overall, this book has been underwhelming but it has great vivid war scenes with fairies and moral values too, if you're interested, go get it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Izzati

    A wonderful read. I loved the illustrations. The story was nice and cute, but I wish there was more to it. For example, why was the pig king cursed to be a pig in the first place? Who cursed him? And it was kind of weird that he had to terrorize to save in order to regain his human form. The ends justify the means, I guess.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hani Suraya

    Cute illustrations. Quick and easy to read. Can be a bedtime story with the kids.

  10. 4 out of 5

    LongYC

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good job on the illustration and turning a originally kind of violent story (e.g. the part where the Pig King was given Parang Puting) into a child-friendly book, although some parts of the rearranged story seems a bit confusing (e.g. the reason of Pig King going rampage at Tebing Bunga).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Athirah Idrus

    The title caught my attention. I don't think I've seen the words Malay and Pig existing within the same sentence, certainly not in a positive light anywhere else. And I don't think I've heard of this tale before. The story was about a king who was cursed to look like a pig. I thought it was interesting but I did wish for more details in some parts - part of the plot felt a bit choppy? Perhaps since it's a retelling, the author wasn't able to embellish on the details and stayed true to the origin The title caught my attention. I don't think I've seen the words Malay and Pig existing within the same sentence, certainly not in a positive light anywhere else. And I don't think I've heard of this tale before. The story was about a king who was cursed to look like a pig. I thought it was interesting but I did wish for more details in some parts - part of the plot felt a bit choppy? Perhaps since it's a retelling, the author wasn't able to embellish on the details and stayed true to the original. I did LOVE the illustration! The characters and the colours were very pleasing to the eyes!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rafidah

    I mean, it's a hikayat. Don't expect the story to make any sense. Having read a few hikayats in their entirety, it is absolutely in accordance with hikayat convention that the heroes aren't logical, or sometimes even ethical. If they save people, they save people, never mind that they were the ones who endangered people in the first place. Not too different from Hollywood! The drawings are AMAZING. I'd read it again just to look at the pictures. I mean, it's a hikayat. Don't expect the story to make any sense. Having read a few hikayats in their entirety, it is absolutely in accordance with hikayat convention that the heroes aren't logical, or sometimes even ethical. If they save people, they save people, never mind that they were the ones who endangered people in the first place. Not too different from Hollywood! The drawings are AMAZING. I'd read it again just to look at the pictures.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yan

    Pretty illustrations but that's about all. Storyline is contains questionable morals (you get blessed for invading someone else's territory uninvited? And you are rewarded by reviving people you were responsible for terrifying in the first place?) Overly hyped book which I wouldn't give to my niece. Pretty illustrations but that's about all. Storyline is contains questionable morals (you get blessed for invading someone else's territory uninvited? And you are rewarded by reviving people you were responsible for terrifying in the first place?) Overly hyped book which I wouldn't give to my niece.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hasni Ayu

    The illustrations are beautiful. Will read Hikayat Raja Babi later.

  15. 4 out of 5

    BegumIrdawati

    Before you learn your lesson, a man will always be a pig 🙈🙈🙈

  16. 4 out of 5

    Plainqoma

    Colourful illustrations and who does not love a happy ending. But I do feel its way too short and simple. Now i'm intrigued to read the full version of Hikayat Raja Babi. Colourful illustrations and who does not love a happy ending. But I do feel its way too short and simple. Now i'm intrigued to read the full version of Hikayat Raja Babi.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Regina Ibrahim

    what a lovely effort...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ray Tang

    It's a good rendition of the old hikayat into a children's book. The illustrations are beautiful as well. It's a good rendition of the old hikayat into a children's book. The illustrations are beautiful as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Ericsson

    "My name is Raja Indera Brahmakala. As you can see, I have been cursed to be born as a pig, a forbidden animal." The Malay Tale of the Pig King is a retelling of a classic story of a Prince who is cursed to be born as a pig. The story tells of his adventures involving magical creatures, fairies and a djinn princess. All in the pursuit of proving himself worthy and for the curse to be broken. The art was nice, with a watercolour feel to it and provided some atmosphere to the tale. However, I felt th "My name is Raja Indera Brahmakala. As you can see, I have been cursed to be born as a pig, a forbidden animal." The Malay Tale of the Pig King is a retelling of a classic story of a Prince who is cursed to be born as a pig. The story tells of his adventures involving magical creatures, fairies and a djinn princess. All in the pursuit of proving himself worthy and for the curse to be broken. The art was nice, with a watercolour feel to it and provided some atmosphere to the tale. However, I felt that the story was very short as it was merely a retelling in English and hence a very short read. Despite this, it's a nice book for some super light reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nenden Arum

  21. 4 out of 5

    Naz Othman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Lau

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arfiza Za'Ba

  24. 5 out of 5

    Max Koh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tykew

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siti Mualim

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wai Kok

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dil Ramadhani

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharanjit Kaur

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sabr

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