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Ten Moonstruck Piglets

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Playful, fun-to-read-aloud language from a respected young adult poet and novelist joins distinctive illustrations from a noted European artist in this captivating picture book. Ten piglets wander off into the dark, drawn by the light of the moon. After rambling far from home, plundering and looting and dancing in a moonlit trance, they attract the attention of a prowling fox. They howl for their mama, an enormous sow, who awakens, heaves herself to her feet, and tracks down all of her offspring. Each pig has a ...

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Overview

Playful, fun-to-read-aloud language from a respected young adult poet and novelist joins distinctive illustrations from a noted European artist in this captivating picture book. Ten piglets wander off into the dark, drawn by the light of the moon. After rambling far from home, plundering and looting and dancing in a moonlit trance, they attract the attention of a prowling fox. They howl for their mama, an enormous sow, who awakens, heaves herself to her feet, and tracks down all of her offspring. Each pig has a distinct personality and name, so readers can follow the adventures of their favorite through the book. This satisfying bedtime story is based on a real phenomenon in which baby animals become entranced by the moonlight.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Johnson's (Hurricane Henrietta) concept holds promise—10 piglets tear out of the house at midnight and go romping all over the countryside—but the short lines of her verse don't allow her (or the piglets) much room to play. "When the full moon blooms bright/ and fills up the night,/ curious piglets/ are dazed by the sight." The piglets enjoy themselves ("They frisk and whirl!/ They caper and twirl!") but their fun comes to a quick end when Mama comes to save them after they get lost. The ending deflates rapidly: "Too soon the sun glows./ Too soon the cock crows./ Still moon-weary piglets/ roll over and doze." Cneut's (City Lullaby) acrylic artwork supplies the missing magic; it's as if a modern-day Jan van Eyck painted the piglets, who are stately, complex, dignified; they cavort thoughtfully, snouts wrinkled and eyebrows furrowed. The inky night into which they venture is as blue as the ocean, and the piglets—clad in nightgowns, striped shirts, and trousers—appear to float, entranced, through the night air. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
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"Fresh and amusing. Both the eye and the ear will be entranced."—Kirkus Reviews

"An amusing romp and a great opportunity to practice counting from 1 to 10."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Ten piglets, nicely dressed in their nightgowns and pajamas, are enchanted by the full moon. While their mother sleeps, they climb out the window and under fences... Terse verses describe their jump into a pond, their dancing in the meadow, their carefree play. When clouds cover the moon, however, the piglets are lost in the dark. They cry for their mother. She hears, tracks them down, and brings them home to bed. Naturalistic anthropomorphic piglets are depicted in great detail in acrylic paints. They appear individually, with names and personalities, on the front end pages in the dark and on the back pages in the yellow light, involved in different occupations in each case. We can follow Kelly through the story caring for baby Mia, and note that Chico has carried and been reading a book that looks like the one in our hands. The double page scenes include dark plants and trees for contextual visual interest, contrasting with the brightly painted, frisky youngsters and the moonlight. We feel as if we have joined them in their adventure. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—This rhyming outing lacks plot but contains a reassuring level of adventure. In four-line stanzas, 10 piglets leave their beds and play outside in neighbors' yards, mud wallows, and more until clouds hide the Moon, an owl hoots, a fox comes out, and the frightened pigs call for Mama. She gets out of bed, recovers her brood, and tucks them in. Most of the rhymes work well, but the meter is weak in places and doesn't always scan well. Despite the title, the number of piglets is inconsequential to the text, with no counting involved. The acrylic illustrations are done primarily in deep blue tones to reflect the hour and the adventure. The porkers are wrinkly and piglike, all with pinkish skin, yet dressed in human clothes and walking on hind legs. They live in a house, as do the neighboring animals. The endpapers feature pictures of each pig, marked with their names, allowing young readers to identify individuals in the artwork. Everything is packed with detail, and the dark blues effectively imbue the illustrations with a sense of mystery and night. However, literal-minded listeners may be confused by the second-to-last stanza: "Back home in a heap/where the straw is so deep,/droopy-eyed piglets/tunnel swiftly to sleep" as the facing illustration depicts Mama tucking the piglets into distinctly human-style beds, albeit with straw mattresses. On the whole, this is a pleasant-enough picture book, but it is not outstanding in any way.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
As everybody knows, piglets are unhinged by the moon, to the light of which they are drawn like really big moths. Johnson's porkers are a case in point, staging a breakout when mom and pop are asleep and the moon at its most intoxicating: "All in a scramble, / all ready to gambol, / ten moonstruck piglets / on a midnight ramble." Gambol and scoot, sure, but also plunder and loot, before heading toward less-populated precincts. Now in the countryside, the piglets dance, squeal and snort (one, however, spends his romp reading a book)—lunatics, in a word. Cneut has drawn superb nightscapes: dark-cobalt skies, black earth, shadows, mystery, a great moony moon, through which the piglets—looking like the porcine equivalents of Shar Pei dogs—frisk and whirl (or read). Then clouds douse the moonlight, an owl swoops, a fox prowls: MAMA! "She wakes with a grunt, / quickly takes to the hunt, / calling her piglets, / tracking each runt." Through skillful wordplay, the musical texture of the quatrains and artwork of delirious witchery, this old chestnut of youngsters cutting loose their inner pagans only to suddenly see the light—MAMA!—feels fresh and amusing. Both the eye and the ear will be entranced.(Picture book. 3-7)
Pamela Paul
Ten Moonstruck Piglets a traditional bedtime book, stands out from its more pedantic brethren through the clever cadences of its rhyming text ("Through the mud wallow, beyond the wide hollow, leapfrogging piglets in turns lead and follow") and its rich illustrations.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618868667
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Lee Johnson is the author of Worlds Apart, a collection of connected poetry, and a novel, Soul Moon Soup, both published by Front Street. She lives in Cambridge, Minnesota.

Carll Cneut is the illustrator of many beloved and award-winning books in Europe. He is also the illustrator of ANTONIO ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, GETTING SMALLER, published in the U.S. by Candlewick. He lives in Ghent, Belgium.

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