Thursday, May 24, 2012


Moms, Dads, homeschooling parents, teachers, librarians and grandparents all love story time with their kids, students or grand kids.  (If you don't, I don't want to know about it, cuz you must not be human!)  Soooooo...
here are a couple of my favorites on a theme that just makes me smile:  PIGS.

I know, it's crazy, BUT I LOVE PIGS and there are tons of funny books about them.  Really, this isn't the time of year to be discussing PIGS, Fall is more like it, but who cares, I'm in one of those moods.

My first pick is from 2 of my favorite authors, who just happen to be married, Don and Audrey Wood.  The book is called "Piggies".

It is a so adorable and a must read.  Here is Amazon's book description...

Book Description

September 1, 2000 2 and up
Children will delight in the antics of ten marvelous little piggies who romp from fingers to toes in this original bedtime fantasy. Don Wood’s oil paintings explode with mirth and magic and will engage all young readers."Trying to describe these luxuriant, witty pictures doesn’t really work, however; seeing is believing, and what luck for us there’s so much to see."--Booklist

The next book is called Pigsty, by Mark Teague


Wendall does NOT want to clean his room and pigs begin to move in.  It first he likes it, but before long, they are taking over his space and making a huge mess.  His room literally becomes a pigsty.  He finally decides that too much of a good thing isn't good and sends them off to the farm, but not before he has them help him clean his room.  This book will make you laugh and is a great reminder to little kids and big kids that clean is better than a PIGSTY!!!  
I recommend ages 6-9.  Published Sept. 1994.

Another great pig book is called Pigs, by Robert Munsch.... and it is a crack-up story. 

Like all of the Munsch books, this character has attitude.  She teases and teases these pigs until they can't take it anymore.  Hold on to your hat, because you are in for a wild ride with this book!

Then there is the ever popular, The Three Pigs, by David Weisner.

I'll let Amazon describe this one... a bit typical at first, but less and less as the story goes on!

Book Description

April 23, 2001 4 and upP and upCaldecott Medal Book
This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight.
Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. 

Here's another take off of the all time favorite "The Three Little Pigs" in reverse.  If you haven't read this one yet, you are in for a real treat.  The author, A. Wolf, tells us his side of the story.  Who will you believe in "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith?


1 comment:

AllisonK said...

Piggies and The true story of the 3 little pigs are favorite here!!


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