Pig Pig Returns

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Pig Pig is reluctant to leave his mother and Fluffy the cat to spend his summer vacation road tripping with his Aunt Wilma and Uncle Fred. Pig Pig would rather stay home and build a rocket ship model or read back issues of Daring Pig Exploits. Besides, his mother and Fluffy might miss him too much. His uncle insists that this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and soon Pig Pig is enjoying an eye-opening road trip. But he worries—what if his mother and Fluffy don't remember him ...

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Overview

Pig Pig is reluctant to leave his mother and Fluffy the cat to spend his summer vacation road tripping with his Aunt Wilma and Uncle Fred. Pig Pig would rather stay home and build a rocket ship model or read back issues of Daring Pig Exploits. Besides, his mother and Fluffy might miss him too much. His uncle insists that this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and soon Pig Pig is enjoying an eye-opening road trip. But he worries—what if his mother and Fluffy don't remember him when he gets back?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After a lengthy sabbatical, expressive Pig Pig is back, and he has some reservations about joining his aunt and uncle on a road trip. But despite a bout of carsickness and a few minor disappointments, the trip is fun: Pig Pig marvels at the world's biggest ball of yarn, a house made of soda cans, and a three-legged chicken. By the end, he "couldn't believe he hadn't wanted to come." McPhail has gentle fun with Pig Pig's trepidations (his favorite magazine, ironically, is Daring Pig Exploits, and even as the trip comes to a close, Pig Pig has a few more worries to get out of his system). But overall it's an empathetic and sensitive portrait of the ups and downs that come with trying something new. Ages 4–7. (July)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In this new adventure of Pig Pig, this avid reader of Daring Pig Exploits would still rather stay home than travel cross-country with Aunt Wilma and Uncle Fred. His mother tries to quell his expressed concerns; of course his reluctance may be fear of the unknown. But off he goes, at first reading rather than watching the scenery. The adventures on the road might be more amusing for adult readers but are all too common. The "spectacular view" from Buzzard Mountain is obscured by clouds. They arrive on Friday at the hot springs that erupt only on Thursday. Other far from thrilling attractions include the world's biggest ball of yarn and a three-legged chicken. But by then Pig Pig, to his surprise, is having a great time. He does worry about what he will find when he returns home. Fortunately all is reassuringly well. Inked lines and transparent watercolors create these appealing anthropomorphic porkers and the lightly humorous sequence of childhood summer adventures. This may encourage reluctant travelers to brave travel to new places with new people. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

The clever title reveals two meanings: First, that a classic character stars in a new book for the first time in decades; second, that this story is likely to end in a satisfying return home.

Pig Pig, a favorite fromPig Pig Grows Up(1980),Pig Pig Rides(1982), etc., is about to take a cross-country trip with his aunt and uncle, but without his mother (and cat, Fluffy). The young porker experiences worries common to young children: separation anxiety and fear of the unfamiliar. At first, Pig Pig "was concerned that his mother and Fluffy would miss him too much." As they get under way, it's true that things don't always go as planned; for example, the view from the top of a mountain is completely fogged in. But Pig Pig soon forgets his fears; his adventures include visiting a house made of soda cans, a boulder in the shape of an elephant and more. He's having so much fun that there's nothing to be anxious about—except returning home. As in previous Pig Pig stories, McPhail accurately and humanely addresses a universal concern. The pale watercolor illustrations outlined in scratchy, thin black line suit the gentle, reassuring story.

Many kids, like Pig Pig, thrive on routine; reading this over and over is likely to become part of many young readers' routines.(Picture book. 3-7)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In his latest adventure, Pig Pig is invited to travel in a camper across the country with his aunt and uncle. He is not thrilled about this idea and would rather stay home with his mom and his cat, Fluffy. After some persuasion, he decides to go and actually has a lot of unexpected fun. The travelers see things like mountains, hot springs, boulders shaped like elephants, and even a three-legged chicken. In the end, Pig Pig has a great time but worries that Fluffy has forgotten him and that his mom hasn't missed him. He's about to break into tears when he's welcomed home with open arms. The watercolor illustrations are playful and bright. The pigs all dressed up to look like humans add humor. This is a perfect read-aloud and would fit into any summertime or vacation theme. It also would be ideal to share with youngsters who are struggling with the idea of being away from home.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In his latest adventure, Pig Pig is invited to travel in a camper across the country with his aunt and uncle. He is not thrilled about this idea and would rather stay home with his mom and his cat, Fluffy. After some persuasion, he decides to go and actually has a lot of unexpected fun. The travelers see things like mountains, hot springs, boulders shaped like elephants, and even a three-legged chicken. In the end, Pig Pig has a great time but worries that Fluffy has forgotten him and that his mom hasn't missed him. He's about to break into tears when he's welcomed home with open arms. The watercolor illustrations are playful and bright. The pigs all dressed up to look like humans add humor. This is a perfect read-aloud and would fit into any summertime or vacation theme. It also would be ideal to share with youngsters who are struggling with the idea of being away from home.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580893565
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (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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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Wonderfully Cute

    What a cute little story about Pig Pig - a small pig who reluctantly leaves home to go on vacation with his aunt and uncle. What was at first a chore soon turns into an adventure.

    Full of wit and charm, the illustrations add to this story so that it is more than just the sum of its parts.

    Great read for the summer.

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