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Pigs Rock!

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Pigs rock.
Pigs roll.
Pigs sing with heart and soul.

What are you waiting for? Hop on the bus and join the fun as the pig rock band takes off on tour. At every concert: "Fans clap. Fans cheer. It's the pig rock band they love to hear." Rhythmic text and humorous, bold illustrations in eye-popping colors convey the thrill of going on the ...

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Overview

Pigs rock.
Pigs roll.
Pigs sing with heart and soul.

What are you waiting for? Hop on the bus and join the fun as the pig rock band takes off on tour. At every concert: "Fans clap. Fans cheer. It's the pig rock band they love to hear." Rhythmic text and humorous, bold illustrations in eye-popping colors convey the thrill of going on the road with the pig rock band. Young fans (and older ones, too) get to experience everything from jamming on stage to signing autographs to driving off to the next gig.

A music band of pigs plays various kinds of music for their fans.

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Publishers Weekly
Raise your hands up high and give it up for the Pig Rock Band, a group of swinging swines making its first appearance in eye-popping print. Staake's (My Little Color Book) illustrations, a stylistic collision of Russian constructivism and pop art, explode with energy, playing off basic geometric shapes and angles and swimming in saturated colors. The pictures get up and groove, as they depict Freddy, Eddie, Clem and Ray-a quirky quartet with bodies made up of circles-performing in concert and signing autographs for star-struck fans. Staake gives each his own personality: country-western Clem, a "pig in jeans with leather boots," sports spurs and a curlicue hairdo, while Ray, a cool cat in tux and shades, tickles the ivories. The gig's almost up when the band's tour bus drives off the road and they must race to arrive before the curtain goes up ("Pigs run. Pigs climb. Pigs arrive just in time"). Jones's text has enough rhythm and repetition ("Fans clap. Fans cheer. It's the pig rock band they love to hear") to attract children with an ear for music, but the images' joyous intensity really makes the volume sing. Clever typography woven into the illustrations (the bus, operated by the Porkopolis Bus Tour Line, posts its destination, Oinkville) adds a jolt of humor. A rockin' feast for young eyes, this book hits a high note. Ages 3-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Pigs rock. Pigs roll. / Pigs sing with heart and soul." Simple rhymes with a real beat rock along accompanied by Staake's marvelous pictures done in bright but subtle colors and cleverly composed of basic shapes like triangles, rectangles and, above all, circles. From the endpapers in snappy porcine pink, through the many well-designed double-page spreads, the four rock-star pigs sing, play, travel, and eventually find themselves and their bus dropped into a pond, only to be rescued by an ice cream truck just in time to make their latest gig. All the players' heads are large circles in various shades of pink, and one (the super-cool piano player), in biscuit brown with round purple shades. The audiences (full of circular and rectangular people, space creatures, and even an alligator), are tinted muted purples to focus attention on the brightly lighted piggy performers. Perhaps the most spectacular spread, although it's hard to choose, shows a concert in Central Park with the players inside a half-circle bandshell in the lower left, while purple and black buildings loom over green bubble trees and form a tapestry-like graphic pattern from the narrow, lighted windows. This energetic, bouncy tale would work well both as a read-aloud and for sharing one-on-one with an adult to explore the many witty details. "Fans clap. Fans cheer. / It's the pig rock band they love to hear." Young music lovers will be sure to agree. 2003, Viking, Ages 3 to 8.
— Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This lightweight offering depicts the odyssey of a band of urbane pigs playing gigs. These groovy porkers who dabble in a variety of musical styles are shown living the life of modern-day troubadours. They perform into the wee hours and sleep late. They're swarmed by fans and sign autographs. They even have to hassle with life on the road, mechanical difficulties, and the pressure of getting to their next appearance. Simple rhymed verse conveys the tale in a breezy manner. Bold geometric shapes form the characters, and the colored backdrops against which they appear complement the jaunty musical feel of the text. An additional purchase.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's hard to say at what age children absorb what's going on with music and bands and life on the road, but it's bound to be early given the attention paid to the bubble-gum guys. Now, debut author and early-elementary teacher Jones speaks to that interest as she assembles a Pig Band and sends them out, complete with a tour bus that runs off that road. (No terrible mishap, though, because they're saved by an ice-cream truck.) There's a piggy guitarist, standup bass player, pianist, and drummer and together they play country, blues, and rock and roll. While most kids won't understand what blue suede shoes are (they deserved updating), they are introduced to the idea of diverse music styles, concerts, and fans and all in rhyme. As important is Staake's (One Hundred Shoes, not reviewed, etc.) evocative graphic art that uses a flat, but varied, color scale reminiscent of Donald Crews, although his compositions are much busier in order to illuminate the excitement of concerts. He introduces a dazzling array of shapes, depicting instruments, buildings, and people, but also throws in some nice arty nuances to rock interest. He spotlights a world that the fans of this package have yet to experience. Like a rock band, the strength here is the entire package. The context may be a little early for some kids, but they'll cheer the happy symphony of elements. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670035816
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Davis Jones has taught elementary school for ten years. This is her first book for Viking. She lives with her husband and three sons.

Bob Staake's illustrations can be seen in a wide variety of places including The Washington Post, MAD Magazine, and the Cartoon Network.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    Rocking Read

    This is a great book for little ones. My three year old loves this book. I love the easy read. Pigs rock. Pigs roll. Pigs sing with heart and soul. The phrases are catchy and the rhyme is fun. My son also loves all the visual fun in finding different characters in all the wacky fans. It was truly a rocking read!

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