Little Pig Figwort Can't Get to Sleep

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The other little pigs snuggled and snoozed, but little Pig Figwort could not get to sleep! "What I need is an adventure," Pig Figwort decides, and he's off for a dive in his submarine. But no one on the ocean floor wants to have fun; the mermaids and starfish are sleepy. So are the polar bears and seals at the North Pole. The moon pigs in outer space, however, are ready to play with Figwort until he just can't play anymore and goes home. "That was so much fun that I don't think I'll ever go to sleep again," says ...

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The other little pigs snuggled and snoozed, but little Pig Figwort could not get to sleep! "What I need is an adventure," Pig Figwort decides, and he's off for a dive in his submarine. But no one on the ocean floor wants to have fun; the mermaids and starfish are sleepy. So are the polar bears and seals at the North Pole. The moon pigs in outer space, however, are ready to play with Figwort until he just can't play anymore and goes home. "That was so much fun that I don't think I'll ever go to sleep again," says Figwort, as he snuggles up with all the other little pigs and falls fast asleep. Dedicated "to all sleepless piglets around the world," this book is a wonderful bedtime read-aloud.

Little Pig Figwort cannot sleep, so he goes off to the North Pole, the moon, and the bottom of the sea.

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" [a] satisfying bedtime fantasy...dreamy watercolors" Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
The eponymous hero is a porcine insomniac with a sense of adventure. The late Branford's (Fire, Bed and Bone; The Fated Sky) narrative is unfortunately sometimes wordy; however, Mu$oz's (The Barefoot Book of Trickster Tales) luminous and bracingly unsentimental watercolors more than compensate. Little Pigwort tosses and turns with an expression of disdain that makes it clear he holds the world responsible for his condition. When he searches for late-night entertainment at the bottom of the sea and at the North Pole and succeeds only in rousing a number of grumpy creatures, he communicates hauteur with every inch of his diminutive porky body. Little Pigwort finally does find a place that's as wide-awake as he: the moon, which is "much too shiny bright to sleep," populated by sunglass-sporting moon pigs. The artist goes to town in these extraterrestrial scenes, set against a star-spangled, denim-blue night sky: the piggy goings-on come across as a combination of Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve and a never-ending recess. Worn out from all this cavorting, Little Pigwort finally gives in to sleep. But readers will close the book cheering that he extended his curfew if only for a little while. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Figwort tosses and turns, wiggles and jiggles, and remains wakeful into the night. "I am a pig who likes to have fun," he concludes, and proceeds to do just that. First, he goes for a deep-sea dive in his submarine, but he can't sleep. Next, he tries a trip to the North Pole, but sleep still eludes him. Lastly, he enjoys a wonderful trip to the moon, where he plays and races and has such a marvelous time that, when he finally returns to his own bed, he falls fast asleep. The inventive and rhythmic language with its vivid images (e.g., "an octopus sucking its thumbs") and repetitive elements that invite participation are perfectly matched by the illustrations. Exuberant and dynamic, they are full of energy and movement. Little Pig Figwort cavorts over large expanses of white space; the lines are free and sweeping, reminiscent of the work of Margot Zemach; and all of the characters, from a bad-tempered starfish to a chorus line of dancing pigs, express a kind of joyous abandon that is bound to make readers chuckle. But, no question, attention is always centered on Figwort himself, irresistible from the tip of his inquisitive, triangular snout to the end of his expressive tail. Nor is there any doubt that this will be welcome bedtime reading for any child who has trouble falling asleep.-Marian Drabkin, formerly at Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Struggling to sleep, the late Branford's (The Fated Sky, not reviewed, etc.) porcine star embarks on a series of adventures in this satisfying bedtime fantasy. Muñoz's (Dream Dancer, p. 106, etc.) dreamy watercolors picture the pig cavorting at the bottom of the sea, where a drowsy mermaid and sleepy starfish kindly ask him to keep quiet. "Shush, Pig Figwort. . . . Don't you know it's nighttime?" When he zips about the North Pole on a Ski-Doo, a grumpy polar bear asks, "Can't you see we're sleeping?" After each excursion, Little Pig Figwort returns restlessly to his bed. Finally, he decides that what he really needs is ". . . a trip to . . . the moon." Muñoz's full-bleed illustration shows the irrepressible porker aboard a green rocket. On the cratered, yellow moon, a band of sunglasses-wearing pigs awaits his arrival with a guitar, a violin, and a pair of maracas clutched in their cloven hooves. Wide-awake, the "moon pigs" and Little Pig Figwort play "snoutball," "Pig Pirates," and "Rocket Races." Finally, Little Pig Figwort decides to call it a night and head back home. "That was so much fun that I don't think I'll ever sleep again." Young readers will surely predict what's next: the last series of vignettes shows the once-perky porker as he finally settles down to sleep. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618159680
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudio Munoz has illustrated a number of books for children, including LITTLE PIG FIGWORT CAN'T GET TO SLEEP by Henrietta Branford and NIGHT WALK by Jill Newsome, both for Clarion. He was born and raised in Chile and now lives in England.

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