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Pig Pig Meets the Lion

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While Pig Pig’s mother makes breakfast, Pig Pig and the lion run down the stairs, through the kitchen, over the furniture, and romp around the house. Prepositions abound in this playful story, and an unexpected friendship is forged. But will the lion be able to stay, or will he have to go back to the zoo?
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Overview

While Pig Pig’s mother makes breakfast, Pig Pig and the lion run down the stairs, through the kitchen, over the furniture, and romp around the house. Prepositions abound in this playful story, and an unexpected friendship is forged. But will the lion be able to stay, or will he have to go back to the zoo?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a lion escapes from the zoo, Pig Pig’s mother finds out from the newspaper. Pig Pig learns about the lion when it climbs through his window and plops onto his bed. The escapee chases Pig Pig through the house (letting McPhail give a comedic lesson in prepositions like “into” and “down”). “If I found the lion,” Pig Pig asks his distracted mother, “could I keep him?” Paired with deliciously deadpan prose, McPhail’s spreads maintain a satisfying sense of movement and tight comedic sequencing as the lion skulks around the house before slipping out unobserved. Readers will have a blast being in on Pig Pig’s secret. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On the front end pages, a lion escapes from the zoo. The news is in the paper Mrs. Pig takes into the house on one side of the double title page; the lion is climbing a tree toward Pig Pig's room on the other side. The lion gives pajama-clad Pig Pig a surprise wake-up. Together they go down to the kitchen where Pig Pig's mother is oblivious. The terse text prints in large colored letters the prepositions like "down," "into," "across," and "atop" that describe their playful progress through the house. When Pig Pig asks his unobservant mother if he can keep the lion, she tells him that the lion belongs in the zoo, but promises they can visit him. And indeed, the zookeepers are at the door. But the lion...? The illustrations make the text almost superfluous. Watercolors and black ink lines create a properly plump Pig Pig and cuddly lion, along with the props necessary to add reality to their adventures. A TV and an armchair have roles to play, as does a large tree. But the games keep us centered and amused in this addition to the Pig Pig stories. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
MacPhail's penchant for pigs hasn't ebbed, as he proves in adding another Pig Pig tale to his series; this one incorporates a grammar device. The front endpapers and the double-page spread before the title page wordlessly set up the scene with visual clues as Pig Pig's mother picks up the morning paper with the headline "Lion Escapes" just as the lion climbs a tree outside Pig Pig's room. The lion jumps on Pig Pig's bed, they run downstairs into the kitchen and romp through the living room, and all the while his (blissfully) unaware mother fixes his breakfast. Each short sentence includes a preposition highlighted in blue: "the chair tipped OVER"; "The lion wanted to sit BESIDE Pig Pig." When Pig Pig asks if he can keep the lion, his mother answers no, but they can visit him in the zoo. The back endpapers show two zookeepers knocking at the door and the lion jumping out the bedroom window. McPhail's familiar style in pen, ink and watercolor is playfully infectious (notice the cat's reactions). Kids will giggle at the striped-pajama–clad Pig Pig's silly antics in this latest escapade. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580893589
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David McPhail is the acclaimed author of more than 150 books, including the much-adored Pig Pig series, THE SEARCHER AND OLD TREE, and HENRY BEAR'S PARK. David lives in Rye, New Hampshire.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Simple story, but makes you use your imagination.

    I checked this out of the public library to take on a vacation where we met our 3 year old granddaughter and her parents. The story is short, and in many cases the pictures tell what is happening. It is also interesting that it doesn't really have an ending and the reader or the child can make up what is happening next, such as -- "the lion is on the way to a new adventure". She asked for us to read it each night and when we returned home, I purchased and sent her a copy.

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