I Know a Wee Piggy

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A clever, colorful read-aloud in the tradition of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

A fun day at the fair becomes color chaos when one boy's energetic pig gets loose. Upside down, piggy wallows in brown, but that's only the beginning of this cumulative, rhyming text. Soon, he's adding a rinse of red (tomatoes), a wash of white (milk), a pinch of pink (cotton candy), and many more. Can piggy be caught before he turns the whole fair upside ...

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Overview


A clever, colorful read-aloud in the tradition of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

A fun day at the fair becomes color chaos when one boy's energetic pig gets loose. Upside down, piggy wallows in brown, but that's only the beginning of this cumulative, rhyming text. Soon, he's adding a rinse of red (tomatoes), a wash of white (milk), a pinch of pink (cotton candy), and many more. Can piggy be caught before he turns the whole fair upside down?

With exuberant art by Henry Cole, this wild pig chase is a natural choice for teaching colors and begs to be read aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This little piggy has escaped from his owner and is running riot through the county fair, getting covered in gunk, globs, and other stuff representing nine colors: brown from the muddy pig pen, red from the tomato canning display, yellow from the broken yolks in the chicken coop—which provides Cole (Big Chickens Fly the Coop) the opportunity to prove, once again, that he’s virtually unrivaled when it comes to drawing hysterical hens—and so forth. By the time the wee piggy proudly wins a blue ribbon, he makes the Garbage Pail Kids look pristine—and kids will be reveling in his genially mischievous grossness. Norman (Ten on the Sled) contributes a catchy cumulative verse that riffs on “I Know an Old Lady” (“I know a wee piggy who wallowed in green./ Oh, what a scene! He’ll NEVER get clean!/ He wallowed in green to go with the black./ He wallowed in black to go with the yellow”). But it’s Cole’s porcine hero who steals the show: even the fussiest grownups will fall for this eager-eyed, grinning, leaping, prancing, filthy pig. Ewww. And awww. Ages 3–5. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Drawing inspiration from "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this rollicking story of a small pig's escapades at a fair will delight readers. Escaping from his boy, the porker gets into plenty of messy trouble before winning a blue ribbon. The whimsical, rhyming text scans well for reading aloud and provides opportunities for talking about colors and predicting what adventure will next befall the runaway. "I know a wee piggy who wallowed in red./Hoof to head, he wallowed in red./He wallowed in red to go with the brown./Upside down, he wallowed in brown." Cole's brilliant colors and rounded shapes done in acrylic paints and colored pencil extend the fun, drawing children into the action and offering additional occasions for storytime and classroom discussion. The book design enhances the flow of both text and illustrations, including the colors in the font as well as in the paintings. This will be a surefire winner, especially for those communities that host local, county, or state fairs.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI
Kirkus Reviews
How can one small pig get into so much trouble? "I know a wee piggy… / who wallowed in BROWN. / Upside down, he wallowed in brown. ‘But brown is not for me,' he said. ‘I think I'll add a rinse of…' / RED!" And so it begins! This energetic, pitch-perfect riff on "I Know an Old Lady" introduces various colors while following a spirited young piggy on a delicious romp through a county fair. Mayhem ensues as the pig chooses his hues and frolics through a variety of substances (mud, grass, chicken feathers and tomatoes, for example) to achieve his multicolored goals. In a nice touch, the names of the colors are bolded and colored within the otherwise black text, making for easy recognition of the actual words. Youngsters will eagerly join in and sing along with the cumulative verse and laugh out loud with the lovable piggy as he scampers throughout the fair, wreaking havoc everywhere he goes. The acrylic-and-ink illustrations are replete with vibrant colors and gentle humor and will draw even the most reluctant readers in. But wait! There's a color missing--blue. What is blue at a county fair? A ribbon, of course. Does this piggy deserve one? You bet! This gleefully messy pig will prompt endless re-readings. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803737358
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 333,389
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Kimberly Norman is a children's book author and graphic designer. She lives with her husband and two sons in Smithfield, Virginia.

Henry Cole is a self-taught artist and the beloved illustrator of more than twenty books for young readers. He lives in Wilton Manors, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    This is should a cute book! And fun to read aloud. I don't eve

    This is should a cute book! And fun to read aloud. I don't even mind reading it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    I love it

    I love it

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