Piggy Wiglet

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It feels good to be a pig—so good that Piggy Wiglet escapes his pen and trots off to find some fun. "I think I'll catch the sun," he says. The other farm animals are appalled at his behavior. "Shame on you!" says the cow. "Bad pig!" says the duckling. "You'll be caught, of course!" says the horse. Piggy Wiglet pays them no mind. Piggy goes into town, where animals and people are surprised to see him dancing and prancing. Soon everybody's trying to catch Piggy Wiglet, who is trying to catch the sun. But what ...

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Overview

It feels good to be a pig—so good that Piggy Wiglet escapes his pen and trots off to find some fun. "I think I'll catch the sun," he says. The other farm animals are appalled at his behavior. "Shame on you!" says the cow. "Bad pig!" says the duckling. "You'll be caught, of course!" says the horse. Piggy Wiglet pays them no mind. Piggy goes into town, where animals and people are surprised to see him dancing and prancing. Soon everybody's trying to catch Piggy Wiglet, who is trying to catch the sun. But what happens when the sun sets? David L. Harrison's picture book in rhyme, with lively illustrations by Karen Stormer Brooks, is perfect for reading aloud and sharing with one child or an entire group.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2 - Piggly Wiglet slips under the bottom rail of his pen and embarks on a quest to catch the sun. The displeasure of the other farm animals does not deter the optimistic pig. Although the farmer, a collection of townspeople, and the zookeeper try to catch him as he runs down the road, through the town, and into the zoo, he is too fast for them. As the afternoon proceeds, Piggy grows weary and eventually turns around, following the setting sun all the way home to his own pen. He settles down to sleep, tired and happy because "he knew he was the only one/who ever-/almost-/caught the sun!" The rhyming text and the pastel watercolor-and-pencil illustrations contribute to the cheerful tone of this pleasant story. The disapproval and surprise of Piggy's pursuers-animals and people alike-are evident in the characters' expressive faces. Each painting contains amusing details that enliven the slight plot. A couple enjoys a picnic of sandwiches and hard-boiled eggs in the park. A bear slyly licks his chops as Piggy passes through the zoo. A child peers out from a second-story window above the bookstore when Piggy ties up traffic in town. Children may enjoy this playful story in verse, but Robert Munsch's Pigs(Annick, 1992) is a more action-packed and hilarious tale of pigs on the loose.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590783863
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Harrison is the author of more than 70 books that have sold over 15 million copies. Pirates, also illustrated by Dan Burr, was placed on the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2010-2011 Master List. Harrison is the recipient of many awards, including the Christopher Award and the Missouri Librarian Association Literacy Award for the body of his work. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Karen is a graphic designer and illustrator. She is the illustrator of The Always Moon and I Bought a Baby Chicken. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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