The Pigman

The Pigman

by Paul Zindel

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ISBN-13: 9780062272447
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 36,824
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was born and raised on Staten Island in New York. After teaching high school science for several years, he decided to pursue a career as a playwright. His first play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Shortly thereafter, he wrote his first novel for young adults, The Pigman, which has gone on to sell millions of copies. Mr. Zindel wrote more than fifty books over the course of his life, including the popular My Darling, My Hamburger; The Pigman’s Legacy, a sequel to The Pigman; and the autobiographical The Pigman and Me.

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The Oath

Being of sound mind and body on this 15th day of April in our sophomore
year at Franklin High School, let it be known that Lorraine Jensen and
John Conlan have decided to record the facts, and only the facts about
our experiences with Mr. Angelo Pignati.

Miss Reillen, the Cricket, is watching us at every moment because she
is the librarian at Franklin High and thinks we're using her typewriter
to copy a book report for our retarded English teacher.

The truth and nothing but the truth, until this memorial epic is finished,
So Help Us God!

John Conlan

Lorraine Jensen

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The Pigman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 325 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pigman is truly a life changing story. I could not have asked for a better book to read. I am a sophomore and I found that I could relate to Lorraine and John, although I'm nothing like them. Their struggles remind me of people I know. I love how the book goes back and forth from John and Lorraine's point of view because you can really establish a relationship with each character. I felt like I was close to the character and knew all about them. Their relationship with the pigman was beautiful. John may have been a trouble maker, but he did the right thing when he knew what it was. I even felt like I had established a relationship with minor characters like Norton and Bore. This book will make you laugh out loud, mostly because of John's sense of humor and sarcasm. The way he warmly refers to his father as the Bore, and his fun-loving ways. He's misunderstood because people think he's a "bad boy" but he is a great person and cares deeply about Lorraine and the Pigman. Lorraine will make you laugh with her "tell it like it is" attitude. This book will also make you cry. Its truly a must read and I think everyone needs to give it a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book in seventh grade...and everybody in my whole class loved it. This book is so easy to understand(especially if you're a teenager) because since they're kids, you can understand the problems they have and what they do to solve thems with the PIGMAN!
EmilyReads More than 1 year ago
This book had a good plot. Also it had unique symbolism that makes the reader appreciate writing more. It may be somewhat sad, but the overall story makes you happy. The characterization was very nice too. John and Lorraine are the the poster children for teenagers today. Although their family situations are rough, the Pigman is like family and will always be in their hearts.
Mi_Amore More than 1 year ago
Title: The Pigman Author: Paul Zindel Illustrator: John Thompson Genre: Fiction Age range: 10-14 Description: This book will change your outlook on many things. For me it has changed my outlook on life, my parents, my best friend, and if I should ever prank phone call someone. This novel is about two sophomores who learn many lessons and later fall in love all because of one little phone call. They meet a man that they later call the Pigman. He is a lonely old man whose wife passed away years ago. He tries to deny it by saying she was on a trip but the truth comes out while snooping around his things. As the times passes they grow to love he Pigman and so will you. Read this book and I promise you that you won't regret it. Awards: . 1940-1970 Notable Children's Book (ALA) . Best of the Best Books 1966-1988 . Fanfare Honor Book List (The horn Book) . Outstanding Children's Book of 1968 . Best Children's Books of 1968
KittykattJB More than 1 year ago
Title: The Pigman Author: Paul Zindel Genre: Fiction Age range: 12-17 In the prologue of Paul Zindel it happens from a prank call made by Lorraine and John to a lonely old man named Mr.Pignati. The title of this brilliant novel is The Pigman. I love the author Paul Zindel and his books they are exciting and somewhat sad. Pigman is a fictional book and has some things in it that people would probably do in real life. The age range for this book would be around 13 years and older. I read this book when I was thirteen and I fell in love with it and I read everyday. This book gives great details and things you should or shouldn't do. I would recommend you take this book off the shelf and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Hackney The Pigman- Paul Zindel Genre- Fiction Age Range- Teenagers 13-19 Ratings: Challenge Level Easy Medium Difficult ????????????????????????? Level Enjoyment: Low Medium High Very High ????????????????????????????? The Pigman is an excellent book to read. If you're like me & don't like to read then this would definitely be a book for you. It caught my attention throughout the whole book. The characters are Lorraine, John, & Mr. Pignati. John and Lorraine are best friends. Mr. Pignati becomes best friends with Lorraine and John. Mr. Pignati loves going to the zoo to visit Bobo, the monkey. John and Lorraine are teenagers and Mr. Pignati is an older gentlemen. You won't be able to put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: The Pigman by Paul Zindel Title of review: Brooke's book review on The Pigman Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 Introduction It all starts with John and Lorraine, John and Lorraine are two best friends that are always drinking, smoking, and getting into trouble at home with their parents. Well one day they plan to prank a guy named Mr. Pignati, the pigman, and fake that they are a charity place that would like to receive money. Soon after they become friends with Mr. Pignati and he decides to treat them like they are his kids so he buys Lorraine and John food and drinks every time they go down to visit him. Truly the theme to me would most likely be nothing can get in the way of love and feelings. Description and summary of main points The Pigman book is great for teenagers and it explains so much of what we all are like now. I think the book is more for people who are at least 12 and older. Paul Zindel made this book a thriller with the details and how the characters came together and acted like they were family except for the incident with Mr. Pignati that catches everyone's eye. I think the book should at least be a four star book by my judging. One thing that really got me is how Lorraine said that she and john were the kids of Mr. Pignati; it just really touched his heart. Evaluation This book is most likely a fiction book because usually no one would call a man and say they were a charity place needing money, if that would happen then they would probably get the cops called on them. When the book describes Lorraine and John's relationship with Mr. Pignati the author wanted it to catch people's eyes, which it did because the people wanted to find out what would happen between Lorraine, John, and Mr. Pignati. For instance if they would still be very great friends or if the Pignati would die, which he did. This would maybe be like any other book but it has more suspense and shock built into it. Conclusion When the Pigman had died Lorraine and John thought that they had killed the pigman, because when Mr. Pignati had his second heart attack John and Lorraine had thrown a get well soon party but it went a little too far out of hand and Mr. Pignati's pig collection had gotten destroyed, also a picture of his wife got ripped. It was because of John and Lorraine it was just natural.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: The Pigman Paul Zindel Title of review: Nick Caldwell's Review Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 Introduction In Pigman two teens, John and Lorraine, meet the pigman over the phone doing a prank. And that's when the journey starts. Description and summary of main points John is a trouble maker. He is known as the bathroom bomber because he puts bombs in the bathrooms at school. Lorraine is not a trouble maker that much. Evaluation In this book you know the feelings and thoughts of all the characters because they are writing the story as it progresses. The whole time in the story they are at the Pigman's house and that's where John and Lorraine has the party that hurts the Pigman's feelings. Conclusion At the end John and Lorraine make up with the Pigman and invite him to go to the zoo. And they know that's the Pigman's favorite place in the whole world. Because Bobo the monkey and when they meet the Pigman and they go to see bobo and he's died. The pigman is so broken up he has a heart attack and dies. Your final review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: The Pig man by Paul Zindel Title of review: Pig Man Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 If you are looking for a good comedy book, I would suggest The Pig Man. This story is about two kids named John and Lorraine who play a practical joke on an old man named Angelo Pignati, who they call the pig man. They prank call him, get money off of him, and use his house for a party while he was in the hospital. When he gets out of the hospital he came to a house that was a wreck. He stopped talking to them for a while then met him at the zoo where The Pig man loved to go. Mr. Pignati had a favorite monkey that he loved to visit, but he found out the monkey had died. Mr. Pignati had a heart attack when he found out the monkey had died and then he died. John and Lorraine were devastated and disappointed in themselves. John and Lorraine did not treat Mr. Pignati the way they should have.They felt terrible because they treated him terribly right before he died and never got to help him fix his house or anything.John and Lorraine are troubled children and Mr. Pignati was a friend too them. But all they did was make his life miserable, although he finally felt like he wasn't alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pigman by Paul Zindel should not be recommened for an audience younger than fifteen. A lot of the issues in this book are similar to what a lot of teenagers go through. The two characters John Conlan and Lorriane Jensen face a lot of hardships in school and at home because they are different and do not fit in. As a result of this they do certain things that makes them happy. While making a prank phone call they find themselves in a new friendship with Angelo Pignati. John and Lorraine call him 'the pigman' because he collects pigs. This book can be read by anyone because it teaches you a lot about friendship and maturity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this story was awesome is was suspenseful and it was and charming book. this book made me cry and laugh at the same time. I love his characters, john and lorriane, they make the story topped off with cherries. I was the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely hated this book! I am a real book lover, and I thought this was the worst novel ever. After all the great reviews it got I decided to try it. I found it to be boring and pointless. It had no real moral or lesson, and it was very unentertaining. If you would like to bore yourself to death, read this book!
nzfj on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Library Thing Part D #1 Popular Realistic FictionPrint.Paul Zindel (author)The Pigman Charlie McWade (reader) May 2009 4.5hr. Graymalkin, playaway. Even though The Pigman was written in 1968, the audio production is fantastic. Eden Riegel as the voice of Lorraine and mothers, Charlie McWade as the voice of John and Mr. Pignati and Mr. Conlan bring this novel to current accessibility. John and Lorraine are in high school, bright intelligent kids, and somewhat the oddballs, definitely not popular, but that doesn¿t stop John from being a class and school prankster. The novel honestly portrays problems and issues a teen faces growing up in today¿s world. Lorraine¿s mother¿s frequent criticisms directed toward her physical appearance and even to the point of telling her daughter she has to make up for her plain and not pretty face. Although Lorraine is aware of her inferiorities and poor self-image she still understands and feels her mother¿s love and dependence on her. John¿s family is financially better off than Lorraine¿s mom, but John doesn¿t feel welcomed or nurtured in the least at his home. His parents compare him to his older successful brother and continually voice their disappointments of John. In the light of such harping, John¿s humorous and poignant responses and thoughts concerning his family and school life is very apropos to today¿s upper elementary and middle school student. The back and forth voices of both readers is what really engages a listener and reader. Reading along with the audio would be preferred and that much more give a real time presence. The characters are definitely credible and convincing for today¿s youth. The growing relationship with Mr. Pignati is believable and it¿s this relationship that introduces compassion, warmth, death, and loss for Lorraine and John. Discussion about death is batted around through Lorraine¿s mother¿s retelling and perspective of her dying patients and through John¿s frequent visits to the cemetery with his friends. But the idea of preparing for a funeral and death really makes an impression on the characters when John finds Mrs. Pignati¿s funeral bill and the paper work given to the deceased¿s family. The final and universal awareness of loss, that death brings to the survivor¿s loved ones is when Bobo the baboon (Mr.Pignanti¿s favorite zoo animal) is gone from his cage and the attendant gives them the news and then minutes later Mr. Pignati has a heart attack and dies right there with both kids. A powerful expected ending but still because the characters and setting are so engaging one cannot believe it actually happened. This title is a definite must for a library collection; especially with the audio or playaway production. Curriculum connection Language Arts upper elementary and middle school +.
aimless22 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A story about three lonely people, told from alternating points of view of the two high school sophomores, John and Lorraine.The third, Mr. Pignati, is a lonely widower they meet after prank phone calling his number. They become friends, an unlikely trio who visits the zoo, watched television and roller skates in the house.A story of moral responsibility to your friends.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
John Conlan and Lorraine are an unusual pair of friends drawn together by their difficult lives at home. When they con Mr. Angelo Pignati "the Pigman" for $10 for a fake charity, they feel badly for the lonely man and begin to strike up a friendship with him. The threesome have many outings and zany antics. Are they taking advantage of him? Have they learned anything from their friendship and getting to know the Pigman? What life lessons will they take away from his life?
meggyweg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's amazing how this book manages to be so dark without having any murders or anything in it. The characters were very real to me, especially Mr. Pignati -- I could feel his grief and his loneliness like it was my own. The climax seemed inevitable (which takes a lot more skill than you'd think) and, even more impressive, the book was very timeless. It was written in the 1960s but, except for a few minor details, it could have taken place yesterday. No wonder this is a youth classic.
mummybattle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I had a copy of The Pigman on my bookshelf for years. For some reason, perhaps because it¿s a small paperback, easily overlooked, I never got around to reading it. A shame, really, because this is one of the finest books about adolescent pain and confusion I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Zindel¿s book tells the story of John Conlan, a brooding, troubled young man with an alcoholic father and a gift for blowing up high school toilets, and his best friend, Lorraine Jensen, an intelligent, somewhat homely girl, whose own mother is largely absent from her life. One night, while making prank calls, they end up on the phone with a weird old neighbor, Mr. Angelo Pignati (the Pigman). A relationship soon develops between the trio that is difficult to describe and impossible to forget, which is probably for the best¿to reveal more would be giving away too much. One of the first novels to fall squarely into the newly emerging field of Young Adult literature, The Pigman has lost none of its power in the over 40 years since it was published. This short excerpt is a vivid example of Zindel¿s gifts as an author fully capable of navigating the complexities of the adolescent mind with great compassion, humor, and insight:A card she calls me, which sounds ridiculous coming out of the mouth of an old-maid English teacher who¿s practically fifty years old. I really hate it when a teacher has to show that she isn¿t behind the times by using some expression which sounds so up-to-date you know for sure she¿s behind the times...In fact, the thing Lorraine and I liked best about the Pigman was that he didn¿t go around saying we were cards or jazzy or cool or hip. He said we were delightful, and if there¿s one way to show how much you¿re not trying to make believe you¿re not behind the times, it¿s to go around saying people are delightful (p.14).I really can¿t recommend this book highly enough.
jmoncton on LibraryThing 6 months ago
When high school students John and Lorraine call Mr. Pignati on a crank phone call, they are expecting just some the usual laughs from a juvenile prank. But instead, an unusual friendship develops between this lonely man and these kids. I had read this many years ago in high school and didn't remember that many of the details, but knew that it was a book that I enjoyed and resonated with me at the time. I listened to the audio version with my 13-year old and really enjoyed it. Although parts of the book are dated, the struggle and emotions of these two teen age kids felt authentic and timeless. Good story!
mthelibrarian on LibraryThing 6 months ago
8th grade reading in my son's English class. He mentioned that he was surprised the school allowed it, so therefore I had to try it. He really liked the book, and I would like to be a fly on the wall to listen to class discussions about the many teen issues it raises.
4sarad on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I was told this was a classic... my school has a class set of it and all the kids end up reading it... but I just didn't get it. It was old and aged and just felt really boring. I couldn't get into it. The ending was so didactic... I just really didn't like anything about it.
1morechapter on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I read this title for Banned Books Week and also because I needed a `Z¿ author. It¿s an older book, written in 1968, so the content may have been a little more shocking back then, but really, I¿m as conservative as they come, and I don¿t have a problem with it at all. Yes, there is defiance of authority and alcohol reference, but with what our kids have to deal with in today¿s world, this book is very mild in comparison. It¿s actually a very poignant book.I always like stories that show how strong bonds can be made with those you don¿t expect ¿ especially if you don¿t have those strong bonds in your own family life. After John and Lorraine meet 50-ish Mr. Pignati, the three of them start spending more and more time together. At first the teenagers are a little embarassed by Mr. Pignati, who has a childlikeness to him, but soon the threesome are fast friends. Sadly, it¿s the teenagers¿ own immaturity that ends up threatening the friendship.Recommended(1968, 182 pp.)
Nmaki on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Really good book, reccomend it to everyone
irishwasherwoman on LibraryThing 6 months ago
John and Loarraine, high school sophomores, have less than ideal homelives and are bored with school. Through a telephone prank they meet Mr. Angelo Pignati, "The Pigman," who also is a rather pathetic character. John and Lorrain misrepresent themselves as does "The Pigman." Yet, each becomes important in the life of the others. John and Lorraine are caught between childhood and adulthood. Mr. Pignati is their medium between the two, at once treating them as equals, but spoiling them like a rich uncle. The author alternates between Lorraine and John to relate their stories and the sad consequences of a friendship betrayed.
ahooper04 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Strange story about two teens who become friends with an older man. They learn more about who they are and grow up as a result. Creatively written from both of their perspectives.
Freis on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this book about two teenagers who find a friendly old man to be an adult figure and a friend to both of them. The way Paul Zindel wrote this book was clever as he switched off each chapter from John's point of view to Lorraine's. Reading and noticing the differences between their writing voices and their developing relationship really kept me intrigued to keep reading. The story of the friendship that became of the odd group of people showed how friendships can affect anyone's life, young or old. Mr. Pignati, an old, silly, lonely man, found John and Lorraine to be two people who kept him company. Both John and Lorraine felt this way too. At first, they almost take advantage of Mr. Pignati, but as time went on, they began to feel a strong connection with him and even at times preferred him as their parent figure instead of their own. In the end, John and Lorraine realize how much they learned from this old man.The few parts that had to do with death were saddening, but had a big impact on the story. The death of Mrs. Pignati left Mr. Pignati to be a lonely man. He found happiness at the zoo with his baboon friend, with the porcelain pig collection his wife left behind, and later with John and Lorraine. When the Pigman died at the end of the book, John and Lorraine realize that something inside of them had died along with Mr. Pignati. The Pigman changed their childhood, and in a way helped the two teenagers mature. They realized that without the two of them, the Pigman would have died a lonely old man whose only friend was a baboon.Overall, I really liked this book. At times it did get a bit boring, but I enjoyed the story and the morals of this book very much. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about teenage experiences. Anyone who likes books about interesting but great friendships would really enjoy this book too. This book is 166 pages.