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Peter wants a perfect little pig for a pet. Not a bad little pig, and not a good little pig. Peter wants a good little bad little pig! So his mom sends the farmer a letter ... Does Peter get what he asks for? From the hidden treasures of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children's classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

Peter's wish comes true when he gets a little pet pig who is sometimes good and sometimes bad.

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Overview

Peter wants a perfect little pig for a pet. Not a bad little pig, and not a good little pig. Peter wants a good little bad little pig! So his mom sends the farmer a letter ... Does Peter get what he asks for? From the hidden treasures of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children's classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

Peter's wish comes true when he gets a little pet pig who is sometimes good and sometimes bad.

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Published for the first time as a standalone, this story from Brown's 1939 collection, The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile, features a boy who understands that creatures are never all good or all bad, but good and bad all at once a reassuring message for small children. When Peter tells his mother that he wants a "good little bad little pig," she admits she has never heard of such a thing, but agrees to try to find one. Yaccarino's (Unlovable) gouaches both date and update the tale, supplying Leave It to Beaver clothes for Peter's parents and kidney-shaped furniture for their living room. The characters' resemblance to playthings reinforces Peter's upbeat, positive approach. Once the pig is delivered, Peter's mother says that it is dirty and Peter's father does not like the way it runs around the house squealing. "Remember," Peter admonishes them, "this is a good little bad little pig." Peter takes charge of everything, feeding and bathing his pet by himself; he soon convinces his parents that the pig is malleable after all. "Sometimes the little pig was good and sometimes he was bad," the story ends, "but he was the very best pig any boy ever had." Peter and his barnyard pet make engaging, low-key heroes, especially in the incongruous suburban setting; younger children may well identify with the porcine hero, with its mix of angel and imp, and make this a favorite. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 1-There is a reason Brown has name recognition-she had a way with words. Who else could take a silly little premise, a boy wants a pig, "Not too little/And not too big/Not too good/And not too bad-/The very best pig/Any boy ever had," and turn it into a sweet little story? The narrative flows naturally, it has sound effects ("Squeeee ump ump ump") and even depth-the boy is enamored with his pig despite its volatile behavior. The retro style of the illustrations is just right for this old-fashioned, simple tale. The art is sophisticated and stylized and yet exudes an innocent charm. The use of white space is masterful. Coupled with a smooth use of color, this technique helps create a clean-cut look. Interior spaces have patterned backdrops, checks, stripes, and plaids that add to the 1950s' ambience.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786825141
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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