To Market, To Market

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Anne Miranda’s inventive twist on a classic rhyme tells what happens after a shopper goes “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig.” Back home the pig promptly escapes, and soon the pig’s in the kitchen, the lamb’s on the bed, the cow’s on the couch—and the rest of the animals are wreaking havoc throughout the house.

Starting with the nursery rhyme about buying a fat pig at market, this tale goes on to describe a series of unruly ...

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Overview

Anne Miranda’s inventive twist on a classic rhyme tells what happens after a shopper goes “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig.” Back home the pig promptly escapes, and soon the pig’s in the kitchen, the lamb’s on the bed, the cow’s on the couch—and the rest of the animals are wreaking havoc throughout the house.

Starting with the nursery rhyme about buying a fat pig at market, this tale goes on to describe a series of unruly animals that run amok, evading capture and preventing the narrator from cooking lunch.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An ideal choice for sharing aloud.”—School Library Journal
“The skillfully wielded visual anarchy explodes off the page....This is one market trip children will wish to take again and again.”—Publishers Weekly
“Howl as Miranda's retake blindsides Mother Goose with a shopping cart.”—The Bulletin
Publishers Weekly
"In this clever riff on the old nursery rhyme, a plump matron makes a series of increasingly calamitous purchases of animals at the supermarket. This is one market trip children will wish to take again and again," PW said. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Dori Butler
What happens when a poor elderly woman takes a trip to the market? Chaos reigns on her home! She buys a plump goose and the hen's on the loose. She buys a live trout and the goose is let out. On and on it goes until the woman is hungry and cranky and doesn't know what to do. The woman and the items from the market all appear in color, but the backgrounds are black and white, which gives the book a unique look. Children will love this hilarious take-off on the familiar rhyme.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Bravo to Janet Stevens for her sparkling and hilarious pictures for Anne Miranda's comic version of To Market, To Market. Animals run amok creating chaos in the once peaceful home of a disheveled shopper who is defenseless, distraught and disgraced by her newfound menagerie. "The PIG's in the kitchen. The LAMB's on the bed. The COW's on the couch. There's a DUCK on my head!" What to do? Take my advice: buy the book, but be sure to remove the jacket to enjoy the unusual picture on the cover. A jumping, jiving book!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3What begins with the traditional serene nursery rhyme turns into a slapstick excursion filled with mishap and mayhem. A "fat pig" is not enough for this ambitious shopper. The elderly woman makes return trips to the market for a hen, trout, lamb, cow, duck, and goat. While she is acquiring more, her earlier purchases are wreaking havoc. Patterned, staccato verses tell the zany tale, but it is Stevens's wonderfully wild illustrations that bring it to life. The conventional home's interior is pictured in flat gray charcoal tones. The woman and her animals are colorful, oversized figures that burst off the pages. The collage technique allows for the contrasting colors and styles that magnify the uncontained boisterous fun of this very imaginative book. Visual format, repetition, and rhyme make this title an ideal choice for sharing aloud. It could also be used as a springboard for writing projects as children start with a familiar rhyme and make it their own. All-in-all, a delightful, albeit raucous, romp.Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A marketing trip from Miranda (Glad Monster, Sad Monster, p. 1309) that jiggity jigs off in time-honored nursery-rhyme fashion, but almost immediately derails into well-charted chaos. The foodstuffs—the fat pig, the red hen, the plump goose, the pea pods, peppers, garlic, and spice—are wholly reasonable in light of the author's mention of shopping at traditional Spanish mercados, which stock live animals and vegetables. Stevens transfers the action to a standard American supermarket and a standard American kitchen, bringing hilarity to scenes that combine acrylics, oil pastels, and colored pencil with photo and fabric collage elements. The result is increasing frazzlement for the shopper, an older woman wearing spectacles, hat, and purple pumps (one of which is consumed by her groceries). It's back to market one last time for ingredients for the hot vegetable soup she prepares for the whole bunch. True, her kitchen's trashed and she probably won't find a welcome mat at her supermarket hereafter, but all's well that ends well—at least while the soup's on.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152163983
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 209,292
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE MIRANDA has written many children’s books, including Night Songs, which she also illustrated, and Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings. She lives in Madrid, Spain.

JANET STEVENS is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tops & Bottoms, the Texas Bluebonnet Award winner Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, and, most recently, And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, which she cowrote with her sister, Susan Stevens Crummel. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    I love this book. My 2 year old loves it. She always wants to read this. Loce the art work!

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    One to Enjoy again and again

    This book is not only loads of fun, it is clever and fits within a perfect rhythm. The chaos and excitement jumps right off the page at readers and quickly becomes one to read again and again. Additionally, it is helpful to children learning to juggle the English language with its patterns.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Simply the Best

    As an early childhood educator, in the public school system, I have found this book to be almost magic with 4 & 5 year olds. The rhyme, rhythm and cadence of the text is perfect. The illustrations are captivating. You won't be sorry purchasing this lovely book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    we all loved this book! my 18-month-old requested it constantly and my 3-year-old had it memorized in a week. luckily i never got sick of reading it because of the wonderful verse and artwork. a family must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    One of our favorite books!

    The illustrations alone are hilarious! My boys and I laugh out loud while reading this book. I often feel like the main character...it's a classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Funny Rhyming Book

    My two year old sings along and giggles everytime we read it. And we've read it so much that my 4 year old has it memorized! You can't go wrong with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    a fantastic story for a pre-schooler

    My 18 mth old son loves this story so much that we have to go through it every night before he sleeps. The illustrations are hilarious and the story rhymes well so you can turn it into a sing-along book.

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