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Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen


When a young pig watches monster movies before bed, he's in for some tail-curling nightmares. From the Phantom Hog of the Opera to the Porker from the Black Lagoon, seventeen poems put a pigmarish spin on creepy classics. Illustrations evoke retro movie posters with hog-wild humor.

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When a young pig watches monster movies before bed, he's in for some tail-curling nightmares. From the Phantom Hog of the Opera to the Porker from the Black Lagoon, seventeen poems put a pigmarish spin on creepy classics. Illustrations evoke retro movie posters with hog-wild humor.

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Publishers Weekly
Cushman pairs pigs with classic movie monsters to create pun-heavy poems, including “Porker from the Black Lagoon” and “Pigzilla.” While unabashedly silly, the poems are also fluid and clever: “Why is the werehog howling?/ Is his pig swill at an end?/ Did he stub his toe upon a rock/ or lose his best pig friend?/ The werehog howls his torment./ He yowls his mournful tune./ The saddest sound you’ll ever hear:/ his oinking at the moon!” The pen-and-ink depictions of comically sinister hogs pair seamlessly with these crowd-pleasing poems. Ages 7–10. (July)
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Free verse, rhyme time and lyrical stories create this hilarious tribute to Halloween, movies, and classic literature utilizing potent piggy puns. Clever titles paint marvelous graphics as given in a Table of Contents about a slew of monsters that will inspire readers of all ages. Watercolor illustrations with pen and ink showcase recognizable cartoon-like characters such as Frankenswine, Pigzilla, Dr. Hogwell and Mr. Pigg, Night of the Living Ham, and The Werehog just to merely highlight a few. An excellent feature is Poem Sources which provide the more serious or curious student with historical background for this invigorating collection warmly dedicated to Jack Prelutsky, poet extraordinaire. Delightful fun transforms an integration of studies across the curriculum by using this inventive book of pig poetry. The Abominable Snow Pig or The Invisible Swine might knock on doors for trick-or-treating while The Phantom Hog of the Opera plays Pigoletto for his sweetheart Renee. Whether examining language, culture, or fiction, here are timeless renditions to be deliciously devoured. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These 17 delightful piggy poems will give youngsters more giggles than chills. A small pajama-clad pig who has just gotten home from a scary movie realizes belatedly that "I should never watch monsters on film before bed!" Full-color movie posters accompany the poems that follow. Among them are Frankenswine on an Arctic ice floe, the Mummy Pig awakening from a 3000-year sleep, and the Phantom Hog of the Opera composing his masterpiece, "Pigoletto." Another poster features the Werehog that "yowls his mournful tune./The saddest sound you'll ever hear:/his oinking at the moon!" In a poem for two voices, mild Dr. Hogwell becomes the monstrous Mr. Pigg. True to their porcine natures, the great Pig Kong is a vegetarian, and the vampire piglets of the night are after swill instead of blood. The collection ends with Night of the Living Ham, in which the young pig sees similarities between the zombies of the movie and his parents before their morning coffee. Cushman includes "Movie Credits"-three pages of information about the original films. His colorful cartoon illustrations are done in pen-and-ink and watercolors. Whether read independently or aloud to a group, this collection is a good choice for all libraries. Continue the fun with Arnold Lobel's Book of Pigericks (HarperCollins, 1983).—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Mummy Pigs, Frankenswine and Werehogs…oh my! "A thousand-foot pig breathing nuclear fire. / Gurgling gasps from a swamp's murky mire. / Sharp fangs and red eyes on pale porcine faces. / Dead zombies crawl out from foul-smelling places." Prolific illustrator and occasional scribe Cushman versifies classic movie and literary monsters in 18 single-page poems with accompanying movie-poster–inspired watercolor illustrations starring, of course, pigs rather than people. Plants from outer space (Pigweed), the Yeti (Abominable Snow Pig) and Pig Kong all enjoy the spotlight in turn. All entries are rhymed, though in various schemes, and each has a humorous twist beyond the punny titles. "I ride along the highway, / a demonic, devilish bat. / 'Tisn't just a head I want, / but a place to put my hat," says the swiney spirit in "The Legend of Sleepy Wallow." Several sentences of notes about each poem in the "credits" at the back of the book detail the film or book or scene that inspired the verse and the picture, adding a layer of fun and information that may lead young spook seekers to the source material. Likely to inspire more giggles than gasps; these hammy horrors are sure to please. (Poetry. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580894012
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 1,434,573
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Cushman has written and/or illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including HALLOWEEN GOODNIGHT, the Dirk Bones series, and the Inspector Hopper series. Doug lives in Paris, France.

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