Lisa Thiesing introduces her third Silly Thriller with Peggy the Pig, A Dark and Noisy Night, just in time to soothe the willy nillies of Halloween. Peggy, alone in a house full of tap, tap, tap and creak, creak faces her fears and discovers her trick-or-treatin' pals at the door. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Peggy has not been sleeping well. Every noise seems to startle her, so she decided to take a nap. A tapping at her window makes her think a witch is trying to get into the house. The creaking of the stairs makes her think a monster is pursuing her. However, she bravely heads for the living room to relax on the sofa and read a book. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any escape from potential ghosts, goblins, mummies, skeletons and werewolves. When there is a noise at her door, she sees all her friends in their scary costumes and is only too happy to hand out candy. Finally, Peggy heads off to sleep and, as readers can see, nothing can frighten this tired little pig—not even the witch tapping at the window. There do seem to be some inconsistencies. Peggy starts to take a nap in what appears to be the middle of the day, but then she is walking down the dark stairs holding a flickering candle. Yet in the next scene she is on the sofa reading a book with a lamp clearly in place on an end table. The house has electricity and there is no need for a dangerous lit candle. Maybe kids won't pick up on the disconnects, but this reviewer found it a bit jarring. 2005, Dutton/Penguin, Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Peggy the Pig tries not to get scared, but spooky noises get the better of her. First there is a tapping on her window, followed by a creaking on the stairs. And just as she calms down and is about to fall asleep, a white object in the window yowls. Poor Peggy is afraid, but she's brave enough to open the door when the bell rings, and lo and behold, she realizes that it is Halloween. Emerging readers will love reading sounds like "clunkity-clunk" and "creak" with expression and will enjoy the joke at the end. Amusing illustrations showing the fearful piglet with dark shadows looming add to the humor.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.