Children's Literature - Susie WildeKimmel adapts this story of a naughty pig that won't mind. The re-telling is filled with lots of repetition that makes for good chorusing and the inclusion of the beloved "NO" word. Illustrations by Carmi stretch the humor of the story to help it reach a broader audience.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPre-Gr 3-- Kimmel's books are always welcome for their potential storyhour use, and this rendition of a standard English folktale is no exception. The familiar cumulative tale of the old woman and her pig has been done in an excellent version by Galdone (McGraw 1960; o.p.), and is the title story in Anne Rockwell's fine collection (Crowell, 1979). However, Kimmel offers a ``lighter alternative'' (his words) to the originally bloodthirsty text, making it a kinder, gentler story. Thus the dog doesn't bite the pig but ``nips'' him, the stick ``pokes'' the dog, the cat ``chases'' rather than eats rat, etc. It works very well, with no loss of rhythm. Carmi's colorful illustrations are wild, crazy, and full of life; they catch the spirit im: mediately. Almost everything pictured has a face (rocks, trees, clouds, flowers, even the initial caps on each page). Each successive person or thing forms the word ``no'' as an answer to the old woman's requests; children will have fun locating it on each page. Putting aside reservations about the necessity of watering down folktales, the volume is bursting with fun, and will certainly be well loved by children and storytellers alike.-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA
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