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If You Give a Pig a Pancake

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

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by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

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This is the first book starring Pig in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favourite maple syrup, and she'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath. She'll ask you for some bubbles. When you


This is the first book starring Pig in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favourite maple syrup, and she'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath. She'll ask you for some bubbles. When you give her the bubbles...

Readers will delight in the story of an accomodating little girl who tries to keep up with the whims of a busy little pig.

Editorial Reviews

When it comes to children's books, it's hard to beat the bestselling team of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond for creative and captivating tales that are both fun and educational. They continue the tradition that began with such whimsical titles as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin with yet another tale of actions and consequences: If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Once again, Numeroff follows the potential effects of one creature's chaotic demands, creating a tale filled with beguiling characters, delightful anticipation, and a fun sense of adventure.

In addition to being humorous and entertaining, If You Give a Pig a Pancake allows children to see how their own constant demands might frazzle their parents. Kids should also enjoy studying the subtleties in Bond's colorful illustrations, such as the facial expressions of the book's adorable protagonist or the details found in a mountain of bubbles and the contents of a closet. Easy to understand, stimulating to both mind and eye, and irresistibly amusing, this is one book children will likely want to read over and over again.

--Beth Amos

Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
Written with the same whimsical humor as the mouse and moose stories, Numeroff's book is another great addition to the insatiable animal collection. Through the behavior of a delightfully demanding pig, readers are shown the wonderfully erratic fashion in which young children seek out what they want, change their minds, and create general havoc in the course of a single day. Numeroff allows children to see themselves from a different angle by putting the child protagonist into the shoes of an awed, compliant, but sometimes nervous caretaker who must pick up after the pig. It may also give kids an idea of what it is like to be a parent. The vibrant illustrations are full of energy and humor to complement the twisting and turning narrative.
School Library Journal
(PreS-Gr 2) This delightful story continues the playfulness found in its predecessors, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991, both HarperCollins). Here, a little girl is the patient hostess to a demanding piglet, whose myriad requests lead them from the kitchen table to the bathtub to the backyard. Along the way, the endearing porker puts on a pair of tap shoes, gets her picture taken balancing on top of the living room furniture, prepares a stack of mail to send to her friends, and builds and decorates a tree house. Preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy spotting the objects mentioned in the story. Beginning with the cover illustration of the piglet daintily perched on a windowsill, Bond has once again created an adorable character that expresses the text perfectly. The humor and quick pace of Numeroff's engaging narrative make this book an excellent choice for reading aloud. A surefire crowd-pleaser. -- Diane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY.
Kirkus Reviews
The familiar circular formula employing a cookie-eating, milk-guzzling mouse and muffin-eating moose now showcases a pancake-eating pig who, as readers may have come to expect, might be in need of some maple syrup. The domino effect is in full force: The sticky syrup must be dealt with in the bath; the bath demands a rubber duck; the duck prompts the pig to recall her farm origins; and so on. One adventure after another includes tap-dancing, picture-taking, and treehouse-building. In the act of interior decorating, the use of sticky wallpaper reminds the pig of the maple syrup, which leads back to the pancake. The funny, clever formula creates just the right amount of anticipation, with plenty of visual humor accompanying the antics. Whether the homesick pig is wrapped in a bath towel clutching her rubber duck or pirouetting on a tightrope, she'll please fans of the previous books, who will relish more of the same. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
If You Give... Series
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give…series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff’s 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and is involved with several children’s charities, including First Book. You can visit her online at www.lauranumeroff.com.

Felicia Bond is both writer and illustrator of Tumble Bumble, The Day It Rained Hearts, the Poinsettia books, and many others. She painted the art for numerous other award-winning books, including those in the much loved If You Give . . . series and the contemporary classic Big Red Barn. She lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Brief Biography

Brentwood, California
Date of Birth:
July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 yr old niece and her 3 yr old brother adore this book. The story is fast, fun and they love to jump in at the best parts, while laughing at the pictures. My nephew loves the picture of the pig climbing the treehouse cause 'he looks so silly!' It is never read just once at a sitting, wanting it 'again and again'. I look forward to getting more books in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. Even though so much happens each page is only at most 2 sentances. This makes it easy to involve the child in 'following along'. My son loves the fact that I show the 'decline' of the little girl with changes in my voice becoming overrought about the never ending things to do to keep the pig happy. I can't wait to find the other If you.. books. Best Birthday present my son recieved. Thanks Grandma Nessie!
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Entertained and held the attention of an active 4 year year old
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dylan_of_the_clique More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book when I was in kindergarten and falling in love with it. The illustrations are cute and the story is amusing to children. I read it with my parents along with the other "If you give a..." books. Reading to children is so important because not only does it help the child become a better reader, but it creates a special bond between parent and child. The books I read as a child definitely have sentimental value to me. I am thankful that my parents took the time to introduce me to literature as a child. I am now entering high school and looking forward to reading it with my nieces and nephews and someday my own kids!
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Love this book and so do my students!
BCT More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully entertaining read. Kids love the mischief. It's a short and sweet read that is funny and memorable. For the little ones, the similar structure to the "If You __________, A _________" allows for memorization. Great read. Highly recommended. Our family favorite of all the Numeroff/Bond books.
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dettie1969 More than 1 year ago
She will read it over and over till she memorizes the book!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very funny and incredibly habit-forming read in the sense that while reading you can hardly wait to find out what this pig will request next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is halarious!!! I read it with my four year old daughter and we both laughed out loud! (Mostly me!) The islarstartions are fabulous!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the style of this book and how one thing leads to another. Everything the character does leads to another event or action until it all comes full circle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my sons favorite book. I have been reading it to him since he was three, he is now five years old and it is still his favorite. We make up our own 'if you give shawn a pancake' story and he LOVES it. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the cutest books I have ever read to children. It really is funny and keeps their attention. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for all children. I have read this book numerous times. It is a great book for young children since it is predictable. Children find humor in the pig always wanting more. I highly recommend this book for anyone with children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Peripheral Visions, Mary Catherine Bateson argues successfully that we see ourselves best from a different cultural perspective. Laura Joffe Numeroff understands that concept well, and applies it brilliantly in this hilarious, modern version of an Aesop's fable. The role reversal begins with a young girl eating a pancake in her kitchen. A friendly piglet looks through the window and nicely inquires about the possibility of acquiring a pancake as well. As you can see, this is a pretty unusual beginning for a story. Few of us associate girls and pigs. Now, pigs will eat anything, so it's unusual to think of them as being discriminating. Also, have you ever seen a piglet hanging on a window sill? How did she get there? All of these changes quickly set up the story to create new perceptions. Adults will appreciate the humorous, indirect reference to that classic dish in pancake houses everwhere of 'pigs in a blanket' (pancakes wrapped around long sausages). The delicious incongruities are piled on, one after another. When the piglet gets sticky from eating syrup with the pancake, the piglet decides she wants to take a bath. Piglets and baths create a hilarious image, because pigs usually like to wallow in the mud. This piglet has many cultivated tastes. She gets interested in tap dancing, and needs a costume. She also gets homesick, and wants to write to her friends. She takes Polaroid pictures to send to them. On the way out to mail the letters and photographs, she spots a tree and wants to build a tree house. Naturally, this requires some serious decorating, with wallpaper and paste. Yup, pretty soon she's sticky. That reminds her of syrup. Now wouldn't a pancake go nicely with that? As you can see, the role reversal continues by making the child in the story into the caretaker (parent, older sibling, or baby sitter). While the piglet is full of energy, the girl becomes quite tired. Also, notice that the piglet does nothing for the girl. This gives the perspective of what it is like to be with someone who is demanding, and not considerate in return. There are no pleases, thank yous, or gifts. A hint of the regular world peeks in through the mess that the piglet is making with the girl's help. Someone is not going to be pleased to see all of this. Your child will instinctively pick up on that problem. As a result, your child can learn from this book lessons like -- how demanding it can be to be a care provider -- how ceaseless a child's demands can be -- how spontaneity can create the opportunity for many interesting activities that would not otherwise occur -- the benefits of having everyone help keep things neat and tidy as you go (clean up one thing before starting another) -- how all things are ultimately connected in many ways (this stimulates creativity and problem solving) -- how things can be different than they are now . . . if only we focus our attention and efforts on them. Beyond the lessons, this is a delightful book for a beginning reader. The humor draws their attention, so that the book will soon become a