Pigs Are Big
Beyond The Three Pigs
Tags: humorous books, read aloud fun
Posted: 2009-10-19 16:28:38 By: Joanne Oppenheim

 

Maybe it's because pigs by their nature are sort of amusing and cute. They may roll in mud and eat slops, but in the once upon a time world of picture books we are safely removed from the reality of pig pens. Among this season’s new books it seems that a new crop of porcine wonders outweigh the rest. Here are some pig tales kids will make kids squeal with delight!


 

 


2009 Award
Little Oink
(by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace, Chronicle $14.99 Score: )

) Imagine you are a little pig and your parents say you have to mess up your room before you can go out and play. Kids will get the irony of this amusing little tale. Little Oink finds his own pig heaven in pretend. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2009 Award
Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes
(by Kate DiCamillo/ illus. by Chris van Dusen, Candlewick $12.99 Score: )

Series books often run out of steam, but this pig is still flying high! Mercy Watson, a pig who loves butter and especially buttered toast causes quite a stir when she smells buttered popcorn at the drive-in movie! This one is a zany comedy with the whole town in hot pursuit of the ‘porcine wonder’ at the Bijou. For kids who have graduated to easy chapter books, this is a good choice, but take a look at the pink Caddy with tail fins and the beehive hair dos. It’s a time capsule with tongue in cheek humor. 6-8

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2009 Award
Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
(by Mo Willems , Hyperion $8.99 Score: )

In the newest addition to the Elephant and Piggie series poor Gerald Elephant can’t stop sneezing. He is afraid that he is allergic to his best friend Pig. Grief stricken, he runs into Doctor Cat. As he tells her his problem Gerald suddenly begins to Ah-Chooo! Good old Doctor Cat tells Gerald not to worry….it is not Pig or Cat…just a common cold. With few words and action illustrations, this is another little amusing tale for beginning readers to enjoy. Grade 1.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2009 Award
Trouble Gum
(by Matthew Cordell, Feiwel & Friends  $16.99 Score: )

Young Ruben pig is bored and his granny comes up with bubble gum as a way of keeping her grandsons Ruben and Julius occupied. Big brother Ruben not only breaks all rules he sets an example that his little brother follows to an exuberant ending. A bubbly tale with a hint of both the ever popular Olivia and porcine characters from a William Steig picture book--without his watercolor settings. Matthew Cordell leaves lots of white space.  His cast of pigs must carry the story largely with black and white line drawings full of action and emotion, with some licks of red and bubble gum pink, of course.

Age: . Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2009 Award
Piglet and Granny
(by Margaret Wild/ illus. by Stephen M. King, Abrams Books $15.99 Score: )

Piglet is waiting for Granny to come visit. She meets all the animals in the neighborhood as she does all the happy things Granny has taught her to do. A charming little story with a repetitive refrain that children will like chiming in on as the old-fashioned story unfolds. 2 1/2 - 6.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2009 Award
Princess Pig
(by Eileen Spinelli/ illus by Tim Bowers, Knopf $16.99 Score: )

Pig has dreams of being royal. When her dream comes true she relishes it until she discovers the shortcomings of not being able to wallow in mud or eat slops. Royal life begins to lose its luster. When, at last, her good friends leave her out of a friendly gathering Pig sheds her royal self too become her old self---a regular pig! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 


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