The narrator relates in catchy verses how a pig came to live in a farm family's parlor; he made the choice and then caused trouble until his wishes were granted: `` He snorted and said, / ` I detest a straw bed / Corn that's unpopped, / Supper called slop, / Mud on my face, / That ramshackle place. ' '' He adds that he is lonesome, and that's the argument that wins the day, for the next scene shows him and the narrator cozily perched on the settee, watching TV. In Bloom's first book, she wields colored pencils and a brush full of vibrant, eye-popping paints to give this pig a blazing pink hue and to carve out the surrounding landscapes in chipper tints. The text is bouncing and lilting; the line ``We keep a pig in the parlor'' is downright contagious. Ages 3-6. (October)
"The narrator relates in catchy verses how a pig came to live in a farm family's parlor," said PW. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 A thoroughly disgruntled pig breaks out of his pig barn to make his grievances known, pleading his case so eloquently (`` `I detest a straw bed,/ Corn that's unpopped,/ Supper called slop,/ Mud on my face,/ That ramshackle place'') that all will agree that he belongs in the parlor. Bloom's rhyming text is deliciously playful, a natural for reading aloud. Her riotously colored, intriguingly textured drawings, in watercolor, colored pencil, and crayon, are exuberant, witty, and rampant with homey detail. This winsome hero is the most Pooh-ish of pigs, just bristling with indignant charm. From endpaper to endpaper (don't miss them, they're gems!), this is one pig who can stand with the best of literary porkers. Marcia Hupp, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.
Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the picture books featuring Goose and Bear: Treasure and A Splendid Friend, Indeed, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. Her other books include No Place for a Pig, A Mighty Fine Time Machine, We Keep a Pig in the Parlor, and the popular The Bus for Us. She lives with her family in McDonough, New York.
Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of No Place for a Pig and The Bus for Us. She is also the illustrator of Eve Bunting's Girls: A to Z and My Special Day at Third Street School. She lives in McDonough, New York.