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City Pig

City Pig

by Karen Wallace, Lydia Monks (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Green acres lure this porcine heroine away from an empty urban existence. Dolores has it all: a penthouse, a fuchsia convertible that matches her pink nose and "a very important job and an office all her own." Yet she suffers from ennui. Of all the mammals and reptiles in the city, she is the only hog. Her grouchy boss, a balding man wearing a bow tie and a scowl, sends her on a vacation "to sort [her]self out." Dolores's rest cure takes her to the country, where she sees other pigs for the first time: "And every one of them looked really happy!" Wallace (Think of an Eel) doesn't explain how Dolores climbed the corporate ladder but does describe her gleeful burning of bridges (the boss has replaced her anyway, with an alligator dressed like a femme fatale). In multimedia collage with rough strokes of pastel-hued paint, Monks (The Puffin Book of Twentieth-Century Poetry) depicts Dolores first as a bewildered city pig and then as a perky country porker shucking her cosmo garb and cell phone. In a closing spread, Dolores frolics in a limpid lavender pond while, far in the distance, clouds drip rain on sooty skyscrapers. Despite a nice outcome for Dolores, this escapist fantasy speaks more to grown-ups than to children, with its clich s of the lizard-infested city. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Dolores has a penthouse, a fast car, and an important job. However, this porcine protagonist is dissatisfied with her cosmopolitan life. Her boss suggests a hobby (which Dolores pursues without success) and then a vacation. When her car runs out of gas in the countryside, she discovers-for the very first time-other pigs, all seemingly content in their bucolic setting. So it's good-bye cell phone, hello country life when Dolores quits her job and feels "really happy for the first time in her life!" There are few surprises in this succinct tale of self-discovery. The text is snappy and brief, and sometimes curves around the mixed-media illustrations that fill each page. The exaggerated modernism of the pictures perfectly suits the sleek urbanity of city life. Anthropomorphized animals interact with the humans in the city though similar critters appear "au naturel" in the country. Preschoolers who would most appreciate this straightforward story may miss some of the barbs aimed at the lifestyle of the stressed-out and upwardly mobile. Nancy Carlson's Take Time to Relax! (Viking, 1991; o.p.) delivers the same message in a more age-appropriate manner. Still, the perky artwork, winsome porker, and witty details may charm the storytime crowd.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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