The Great Pig Search

Overview

A postcard from Florida with a mysterious one-word message—OINK!—is the only clue to the whereabouts of the pigs that ran away from Bert and Ethel in The Great Pig Escape. Acting on this slim lead, Bert frantically searches the crowded streets and muddy swamps of the Sunshine State, never noticing the hilariously dressed porkers hiding in plain sight.
Are there pigs under those beach umbrellas, or rocking and rolling to the tunes of the Squealers? Come along with Bert on his ...

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Overview

A postcard from Florida with a mysterious one-word message—OINK!—is the only clue to the whereabouts of the pigs that ran away from Bert and Ethel in The Great Pig Escape. Acting on this slim lead, Bert frantically searches the crowded streets and muddy swamps of the Sunshine State, never noticing the hilariously dressed porkers hiding in plain sight.
Are there pigs under those beach umbrellas, or rocking and rolling to the tunes of the Squealers? Come along with Bert on his great pig search and discover who’s hamming it up under the sun.

Bert and Ethel go to Florida to look for their runaway pigs and find them in unexpected places.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A sure hit...will have readers rolling with laughter." School Library Journal, Starred

Christelow's squiggly lines and dabs of bright watercolor are a perfect counterpoint to the deadpan text, which will have readers rooting for the pigs and laughing as the hapless Bert finds nothing but trouble in this snorter of a hide-and-seek picture book.
Kirkus Reviews

Readers of Christelow's The Great Pig Escape also about these feckless farmers, will know the pigs don't have to worry. And once again, kids will delight in spotting the cleverly disguised swine, who romp about unnoticed under Bert and Ethel's very noses. Fans of Walter R. Brooks' immortal Freddy books may smell an homage in this sprightly story, but others will simply enjoy the farcical search and the cheerful cartoon illustrations that depict it.
Booklist, ALA

In this rib-tickling sequel to The Great Pig Escape, two farmers seek hogs that are hidden in plain sight. . . .In her casually drawn ink-and-watercolor images, pigs in wigs, scarves and swimsuits grin conspiratorially; when Bert falls off a fishing boat, he doesn't notice he's been rescued by an amiable porcine sailor. The author gets a few more giggles out of a classic comedy plot, pitting brazen outlaws against thickheaded authorities.
Publishers Weekly

Amusing artwork featuring incognito oinkers results in an adventure that will elicit squeals of delight.
SLJ Best Books of the Year

Publishers Weekly
In this rib-tickling sequel to The Great Pig Escape, two farmers seek hogs that are hidden in plain sight. As Bert and Ethel shrug and scratch their heads over their lost pigs, other townspeople go about their business some of them wearing floppy hats and carrying newspapers to shield their faces. How strange. After a postcard reading "Oink!" arrives from Florida, Bert books a beach vacation and spends it asking, "Seen any runaway pigs?" Neither the squealing hotel clerk, the restaurant's pink maitre-d' nor the policewoman with the funny snout can help him. Christelow places sympathy firmly with the swine by suggesting the farmers' intentions. Bert complains, "I raised those pork chops from baby piglets!" and Ethel reminds him that freedom "beats being bacon any day." In her casually drawn ink-and-watercolor images, pigs in wigs, scarves and swimsuits grin conspiratorially; when Bert falls off a fishing boat, he doesn't notice he's been rescued by an amiable porcine sailor. The author gets a few more giggles out of a classic comedy plot, pitting brazen outlaws against thickheaded authorities. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This story continues the adventures of Bert, Ethel, and their pigs, which began in The Great Pig Escape (Clarion, 1994), but it can be enjoyed independently. Ethel understands why the animals ran away-"Beats being bacon any day"-but Bert, a farmer, just can't let their disappearance go, especially after a postcard arrives with the message, "Oink!" He and Ethel take a trip to Florida, she to vacation, he to look for his missing animals. Readers see pigs everywhere, but he does not, no matter how hard he looks. Bert searching for and missing what is right under his nose will have readers rolling with laughter. Christelow's watercolor and pen-and-India-ink cartoonlike illustrations do a fabulous job of reinforcing the mood and action of the text. They begin "telling" the story on the cover, move to the front endpapers and title-page spread, then blend with and extend the text throughout the book. Some spreads are fully illustrated. In others, the text is on white with the illustrations above, below, or next to it. Some drawings are framed and placed over others or on the white background. Because the illustrations play such an integral role in this comical adventure, it is best suited to independent reading as well as small-group sharing. A sure hit.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Christelow's jolly tale revisits Bert, Ethel, and the troublemaking pigs from "The Great Escape "(1994). Once again the pigs have fled Bert and Ethel's Vermont farm, " ‘without so much as a thank-you,' " grumbles Bert. But Bert can't shake the pigs escape from his mind, nor the mysterious postcard sent from Florida with the message "Oink!" Ethel recommends a holiday, and Bert buys tickets for Florida. Once there, he drives Ethel (and not a few Floridians) crazy with his incessant pig search. (Not that young readers will rest any easier as they ferret out the porkers hiding under sunbonnets and behind palm trees.) Bert never does see the pigs right under his own nose-C'mon Bert, that cabbie has cloven hands on the wheel-until it's too late. Maybe they'll send him another postcard. Christelow's squiggly lines and dabs of bright watercolor are a perfect counterpoint to the deadpan text, which will have readers rooting for the pigs and laughing as the hapless Bert finds nothing but trouble in this snorter of a hide-and-seek picture book. "(Picture book. 5-8)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618049103
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/17/2001
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.

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