Pig Has a Plan

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Poor Pig! He just wants to take a nap, but his barnyard pals are making a terrible racket. Cow gabs on his cell phone, Cat pops balloons, and Hen saws. Pig hatches a plan to block all the noise. In a surprise ending, Pigs learns that his friends have been planning a birthday party just for him. So much for napping!

Hilarious illustrations, a fun story line, and decodable text make for a real treat for new readers.

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Overview

Poor Pig! He just wants to take a nap, but his barnyard pals are making a terrible racket. Cow gabs on his cell phone, Cat pops balloons, and Hen saws. Pig hatches a plan to block all the noise. In a surprise ending, Pigs learns that his friends have been planning a birthday party just for him. So much for napping!

Hilarious illustrations, a fun story line, and decodable text make for a real treat for new readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this succinctly silly addition to the I Like to Read series, readers meet Pig, whose rotundity and heavy-lidded angst may prompt speculation that he and Garfield were separated at birth. Contrary to the title, Pig actually has two plans. The first—“Pig wants to nap”—is quickly thwarted by his fellow barnyard inhabitants, who are engaged in activities that make sleep impossible (“Cow wants to gab” on her cell phone, “Hen wants to saw,” and Cat insists on popping every balloon inflated by two frustrated mice). Pig’s second and more successful plan is to sleep submerged in mud, using a straw as a snorkel (“Now Pig can nap”). But the other animals know something special about Pig, and they have yet another plan in store for him. Long’s (Soup for One) broad, distinctly cartoony sensibility is in full force. The eye-popping palette, Pig’s slow burn, the oblivious supporting cast, and prose with lots of short-but-sweet word sounds (“Pup wants to bop”; “Hog wants to hum”) should make this popular with avid and reluctant readers alike. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
Pig is exhausted. He just wants to take a nap, but the barnyard is a cacophony of loud noises. All the animals have things to do and sounds to make. Hen is sawing things, Cow is gabbing on the phone and Cat is popping balloons. If Pig wants to sleep he will have to come up with a plan. While Pig is working on a plan to snooze, the farm animals are concocting a surprise of their own. The sentences are short, repetitive, and composed of short vowel words, making this an excellent selection for beginning readers. The pictures are simple, yet expressive and convey the subtle storyline. Teachers can use this story to reinforce inference by having students predict what the barnyard animals are planning. While not instantly apparent, the mystery becomes clear as the story progresses. Each picture provides a few more clues. Students will enjoy the simplicity of the story and the sneaky surprise at the end. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Pig has a plan to take a nap, but his farm friends all have something else in mind. As the porker lounges in the mud, simple, four-word sentences describe the noisy activities going on around him. "Hen wants to saw"; "Cow wants to gab"; "Rat wants to mix." The bright, cartoonlike illustrations fill in the details as readers see Hen making a table, Cow talking on a cell phone, and Rat baking a cake. One by one the animals are introduced until the farmyard is buzzing with party preparations, and Pig looks more and more tired. He finally finds a creative way to hide in the mud and sleep when his friends unveil a huge Happy Birthday banner. Children will easily guess what the animals are up to in this fun picture book/easy reader. A solid addition to the series.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A noisy barnyard is no place for a nap! Poor pig, all he wants to do is take a short snooze. However, there seems to be something going on around him. Each of his farm friends is making noise of one kind or another. "Hen wants to saw." "Dog wants to tap." "Hog wants to hum." Pig looks closer and closer to fainting from exhaustion until he spies some drinking straws and has an idea. He sinks himself in his mud puddle and breathes through a straw snorkel. He's finally able to catch some Z's…but all those barnyard noises had a purpose: prep for a piggy birthday celebration. So much for napping! Long's entry in the I Like to Read series tells its simple tale in 47 words, nearly all of which are of the single-syllable, easy-to-sound-out variety. Bright pastel-and-primary full-bleed illustrations featuring big-eyed farm folk will keep eyes on the page during storytime or guided independent reading. The visual humor and the easy-reading text make this a winner for readers just starting out. Proving even pooped piggies are ready to party, this will make children want to join in. (Early reader. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823429110
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/14/2013
  • Series: I Like to Read Book Series
  • Sales rank: 690,157
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Long

Ethan Long is a renowned illustrator and animator. He is the creator of Tasty Time with Ze Fronk, a TV show that airs on Disney Playhouse. Ethan grew up in Central Pennsylvania and now lives in Orlando, Florida.

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