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The Big Trip

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What could be more fun than a big trip?  Pig can't wait to go, but Goat is worried.  How will Pig get there?  Bicycles are unsteady, horses can throw you off.  Cars can break down and trains get stuck in tunnels.  A trip can be no vacation at all...but leave it to Pig to send Goat's worries packing and turn tricky travel into smooth sailing!

Valeri Gorbachev has brought his comic characters from Where is the Apple Pie? ...

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Overview

What could be more fun than a big trip?  Pig can't wait to go, but Goat is worried.  How will Pig get there?  Bicycles are unsteady, horses can throw you off.  Cars can break down and trains get stuck in tunnels.  A trip can be no vacation at all...but leave it to Pig to send Goat's worries packing and turn tricky travel into smooth sailing!

Valeri Gorbachev has brought his comic characters from Where is the Apple Pie? and One Rainy Day to another neighborly story of fun and friendship.

When Pig plans a trip, his friend Goat thinks of how dangerous it could be.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reprising the characters from Where Is the Apple Pie? and One Rainy Day, The Big Trip by Valeri Gorbachev is full of imagined adventures that ultimately take Pig nowhere. Each time Pig announces his mode of travel on the big trip he is planning, the bespectacled Goat dissuades him with stories of what might go wrong. If Pig rides a bike, Goat warns, he might fall off; if he boards a plane, the engine might stop. Gorbachev's watercolors of his supporting cast are as appealing as ever as they enter into or observe Pig's antics. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Pig is studying a map when he announces to his friend Goat that he is going on a trip. When Goat inquires how he will go, Pig decides on a bike. Goat declares that Pig could fall off a bike and continues to find a problem with every other conveyance Pig mentions. He states that a car can break down, horses can be jumpy, and trains could get stuck in a tunnel. When he describes the possible sinking of a ship and being chased by pirates on a desert island, Pig has had enough adventure. Pig decides to forgo the vacation, but Goat come up with the best idea yet! Comic watercolor and pen illustrations playfully capture animal antics and expressions. Children should enjoy the fun frolic and could possibly create further adventures from their own imaginations. 2004, Philomel Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Gorbachev's amiable animal characters return, this time to discuss the perils of traveling. When Pig reveals his desire to take a big trip far away, Goat asks how he will get there. Unfortunately, for every wonderful mode of transportation that Pig suggests, Goat imagines some dire consequence. Pig could fall off a bike, get thrown by a jumpy horse, or be stuck in a dark railroad tunnel. Cars break down, plane engines fail, and ships encounter all sorts of dangers. Goat's musings reach a crescendo when he describes how Pig could end up on a deserted island and be forced to face a pirate invasion all alone. Poor Pig concludes that he should not go anywhere. Finally, Goat reveals his desire to be included by suggesting that big trips are less scary when you go with a friend. An upbeat ending and the charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations relieve some of the negative tension generated by the text; still, after such an overwhelming litany of potential disasters, it seems likely that Pig and Goat will just stay home.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Immigrant author/illustrator Gorbachev knows what it takes to make a big trip, having come to this country years ago and continued his successful children's-book career. He reprises his Pig and Goat characters from Where Is the Apple Pie? (1999) and One Rainy Day (2001) to explore the happy anticipation versus the anxious apprehension one can experience in planning a trip. Pig blithely selects modes of transportation while Goat furthers his own agenda with reasons why one mode is worse than the other. Take a bike? You could fall off. Drive a car? It could break down. What's the solution? It amicably brings together the irrepressible force with the irresistible speed bump: "go with a friend." Gorbachev is up to speed portraying the emotions spent riding each new leg of the journey. Pen, ink, and watercolor capture the imagination and the reality of the intrepid travelers. Just watch out for pirates. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399239656
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 818,128
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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