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The story is told in a simple rhyme ? The illustrations are bright and humorous ? Goodnight Sweet Pig would not only help small children learn their numbers but would also make an excellent bedtime story for restless children.
Bailey (Stanley's Wild Ride)introduces a piglet named Hamlette (aka pig number one), who actually wants to go to bed. But one by one, her nine fellow pigs burst into her bedroom with much different agendas. Pig number two wants to "read with a light,/ and eat buttered toast all through the night," while the last arrival, pig number 10, is "a famous basketball star/ who brought his whole team in a luxury car!" When Hamlette finally reaches the end of her rope ("How can a poor pig girl get some sleep?"), the perpetrators sheepishly depart in countdown form; those last to leave even make amends with a bedtime story (pig number five), "a tender kiss goodnight" (pig number 4) and other goodhearted ministrations. Masse (Three Cat and Mouse Tales) packs the subtly grained acrylic paintings with mayhem and pratfalls, including a bride-pig falling into a cake. But the elegant palette and crisp, editorial-style characterizations seem ill-matched to the comically chaotic proceedings. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
This counting book begins with a young pig struggling to fall asleep. She is interrupted by a growing number of adult pigs, each bringing its own distraction, such as, "Five came to bed with a full set of drums" and "Pig number eight was a Spanish dancer." When the youngster can no longer take the chaos, the others apologize and help to make her comfortable as they leave one by one. The story is told in a simple rhyme, the sentences printed in wavelike patterns. The illustrations are bright and humorous, depicting the increasing bedlam. Goodnight, Sweet Pig would not only help small children learn their numbers but would also make an excellent bedtime story for restless children.
—Donna AtmurCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted January 17, 2011
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