Just a Minute!

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Piggy wants his mommy to read him a story, but she's busy and tells him to wait "just a minute."  As the minutes drag on, Piggy finds ways to amuse himself, ways that only a long-suffering parent with an impatient toddler can tryly appreciate.  Join Piggy and his mommy in this hilarious and universal experience, uniquely depicted in Jung-Hee Spetter's fresh and frantic paintings. 

Neglected by his busy mother, ...

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Overview

Piggy wants his mommy to read him a story, but she's busy and tells him to wait "just a minute."  As the minutes drag on, Piggy finds ways to amuse himself, ways that only a long-suffering parent with an impatient toddler can tryly appreciate.  Join Piggy and his mommy in this hilarious and universal experience, uniquely depicted in Jung-Hee Spetter's fresh and frantic paintings. 

Neglected by his busy mother, Piggy wreaks havoc both inside and outside the house.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this frisky story, an industrious mother pig is too occupied with household chores to play with her child, so the porcine protagonist cheerfully paints murals on the walls and otherwise destroys the house. By the time the mother is through, the little pig is too busy overflowing the tub to heed her call. While parents may hesitate to offer kids ideas about how to get revenge when adults are similarly unavailable, kids are likely to find the mayhem hilarious. Kranendonk's (A Grandpa for Grandpa) spare text ("Mommy! Look." "Just a second, dear.") provides the barest frame of narrative structure; what readers will remember is the mischievous humor of Spetter's (Happy Birthday to Me) paintings. In one scene, the little pig swings from the chandelier, holding a toy with his curly tail, while his mother obliviously hangs laundry outside; in a dining room disaster scene, fried eggs cling to a wall and sunny flowers mingle with colorful spills and spatters of food. Comprised of thin layers of variegated colorin periwinkle, goldenrod and subtle, creamy shades of orange and greenthe painterly backgrounds of the full-bleed spreads are (almost) as engaging as the action. A brisk text and the weightless, slightly askew quality of the illustrations make this tale a disarming mess of fun. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Janet Morgan Stoeke
Mommy Pig has been cleaning and cleaning. She puts young Piggy off again and again with "Just a minute!" as she irons, waters plants, and tends to other chores. But Piggy gets into bigger messes with every delay, and all of her work is undone threefold by the end of the book. I loved the palette and beautiful layering of colors, but the artist's stylized artwork does not allow for a clear differentiation between the stuffed animals and the real ones who come to play with Piggy. In fact, it may be that the stuffed ones come to life, but I simply cannot tell. Piggy playing out of Mommy's sight bothers me as a mother, since a hot pan of food is included. I truly wished for a more demanding art-editing job here.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1--As a mother pig tries to finish her household chores, her child desperately tries to get her attention. She does a surprisingly thorough job of ignoring him as he makes more and more of a mess, drawing pictures that start out on paper and end up on the wall; swinging from the chandelier; and finally ending up, toys and all, in the bathtub, using so much water that he creates a leak in the ceiling below. The minimal text, all in dialogue, consists of Piggy asking his mother if she is finished and her responses of "Just a minute" or "I'll be in soon." She is so busy washing windows, hanging laundry, and peeling potatoes that she doesn't see what he is doing. By the end, embroiled in the muddle he's made, it's Piggy who responds to her call with the phrase, "Just a minute." The implausibility of her overlooking or not even noticing such a disaster around her overwhelms this already slight story, rendering it unworkable. The friendly pastel paintings, numerous stuffed animals, and comfortable clutter give this book an attractive look. Beyond that, it's more punch line than plot.--Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In a familiar situation, a child seeks his mother's attention. "Not right now, dear. In just a minute," she replies. The family in question is a pig family; the mother hangs laundry, waters plants, peels potatoes, and so on until she is finally ready. She finds that her small charge has wrecked the house, a process readers have witnessed. She calls him and calls him, and finds him in the tub, overflowing and causing a ceiling leak. "I'll be done in just a minute," he says, a line meant to turn the tables. Preschoolers may appreciate this the first time through, but the acts of destruction and disruption of the little pig will have adults shaking their heads. Worse yet, it looks as if the child is going to get away with it. A one-joke book that falters between the premise and the punch line. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910294
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.67 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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