If You Give a Pig a Party

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If you give a pig a party, she's going to ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she'll want to decorate the house. When she's finished, she'll put on her favorite dress. Then she'll call all her friends -- Mouse, Moose, and more. The little pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back, and this time she wants to have a great big party! Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have created another winning story for this beloved character in the tradition of the ...
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Overview

If you give a pig a party, she's going to ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she'll want to decorate the house. When she's finished, she'll put on her favorite dress. Then she'll call all her friends -- Mouse, Moose, and more. The little pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back, and this time she wants to have a great big party! Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have created another winning story for this beloved character in the tradition of the best-selling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

One thing leads to another when you give a pig a party.

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Editorial Reviews

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Giving a pig a party is a mixed blessing. First, the little porker will ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she'll want to begin a total home makeover. And make no mistake; it only escalates from there…. This rib-tickling porcine treat in the tradition of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Pig a Pancake is definitely a "read it again" book.
Publishers Weekly
The perennially popular party theme, paired with the playfully persistent porcine star of If You Give a Pig a Pancake, ensures that these collaborators' latest addition to the series (which began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) will be eagerly celebrated by their fans. After decorating the house with balloons and donning her favorite dress, the party gal attempts to phone her friends to invite them to her fate. Since they aren't home, she jumps in a bicycle basket as her accommodating caregiver transports her to search for them. On the way, they come across a street fair, where the energetic pig finds her pals and enthusiastically enjoys the amusements before they all head home to party. The vision of the girl pedaling her bike with eight animals aboard including a snake coiled atop her head will bring on ample giggles, as will the sight of the pajama-clad menagerie (the snake wears a sock) preparing for a sleepover. Bond makes particularly clever use of the spreads when conveying the mayhem of the bumper cars and pillow fight scenes. As in the earlier volumes of this serendipitous series, this caper comes satisfyingly full circle, with the pig asking for a party all over again. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060283261
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: If You Give... Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 65,504
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the 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 loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.

Laura Numeroff, autora de numerosos libros para niños, entre los que se incluye la conocida serie Si le das . . . , The Chicken Sister y Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. Vive en Los Angeles, California, donde le encanta montar a caballo, leer biografías y jugar con sus mascotas. Parte de las regalías obtenidas por este libro serán donadas a First Book, una organización nacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el amor por la lectura.

Felicia Bond is the illustrator of numerous books for children. In addition to the If You Give . . . series, she has also illustrated, among other titles, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate. She's the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia books, The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play, and Tumble Bumble. An avid animal lover, reader, and cook, she lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Felicia Bond ha ilustrado muchos libros para niños. Aparte de la conocida serie Si le das . . . , también ha ilustrado Big Red Barn por Margaret Wise Brown y Little Porcupine's Christmas por Joseph Slate. Es la autora e ilustradora de los libros Poinsettia: The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play y Tumble Bumble. Le encantan los animales, los libros al igual que cocinar. Vivió en Nueva York durante muchos años, y ahora vive en Austin, Texas, y Santa Fé, Nuevo México.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Great author; fun books.

    Granddaughter was thrilled to receive this book.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    great author, great book

    If You Give a Pig a Party is one of Laura Numeroff's If You Give . . . series books. The series, which started with If You Give A Mouse a Cookie never fails to delight young children. They love the friendly characters and humorous story line. The fact that the story comes full circle always sends children into giggles as they clamour "Again! Again!"

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    If You Give A Pig A Party

    I really liked this one because we get to see all of the characters from the other If You.. books. I thought that was a really cute idea. And my 3 yo daughter is starting to recognize them from their own stories. These books really are great for the kids and they aren't too bad for the adults either because its been my experience that you can't just read it once at a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    A funny book

    No matter what, a pig is a pig! Give it an inch and it wants a mile. My son and I smiled throughout this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    memorized by my 2 yr. old

    My 2 yr. old daughter loves this book. She has had me read it to her so many times that she has it memorized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    My son loves this book!

    This is the first Laura N. book I've ever read and my son can't get enough. We must read this at least twice a day and my husband reads it to him as well. We look forward to reading the other If you give a... series of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    The pig is back and this time she wants to party!

    Children will love seeing their old favorites from previous books (including mouse & moose) partying with the pig and sharing in all the may¿ham¿ that arises!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    children will really enjoy this story

    My niece absolutely loved 'If You Give Mouse a Cookie'. They're studying the author in her pre-k class and I heard about this new book. I read it today in Barnes and Noble and I purchased it to give to my niece for her birthday next month. I highly recommend it.

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