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Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!
     

Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!

by Leslea Newman, Erika Oller
 
Hooray! The pigs are coming to town! With great excitement the townspeople prepare a feast that only a pig could love. To thank them, the pigs put on a show only the townspeople could love. Then the pigs leave and everyone is exhausted -- but the work is not finished yet!

They munch and they crunch on their oversized lunch,
Then each one sits back with

Overview

Hooray! The pigs are coming to town! With great excitement the townspeople prepare a feast that only a pig could love. To thank them, the pigs put on a show only the townspeople could love. Then the pigs leave and everyone is exhausted -- but the work is not finished yet!

They munch and they crunch on their oversized lunch,
Then each one sits back with a smile.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Leslea Newman adds a third title to her series of animal-themed romps (Cats, Cats, Cats! and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!) with Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!, illus. by Erika Oller. Here, to welcome the pigs, the townspeople prepare a scrumptious feast of "Fried green tomatoes and mashed sweet potatoes,/ Troughs full of twice-baked spaghetti./ Cheese tortellini with deep-fried zucchini,/ And buckets of Apple Brown Betty" plus more; in exchange, the pigs perform.
Children's Literature
Next time you feel inclined to complain about serving the kids a snack, pity the hosts of the porcine party in this companion book to Cats, Cats, Cats! and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!. The people have barely finished their frantic preparations before their hungry pig guests, who are "coming by yak and by pink Cadillac," arrive. They quickly devour the sumptuous feast, then engage their hosts in some wild-'n-crazy dancing. But all is not over after the pigs request their final snack and then depart; no, it turns out the next visitors�the sheep�will be coming soon, a perfect surprise ending that gives children a way to extend the party in their own imaginations. Young listeners should love the fast-paced, goofy verse, written in relentless rhyme, especially when out-loud readers have set too fast a pace for the tongue-twisting lines: "Fried green tomatoes and mashed sweet potatoes, troughs full of twice-baked spaghetti." The breezy watercolor illustrations are an ideal fit to the bubbling, good-natured frenzy of the story. As a read-aloud, this silly romp delivers, but beware: It may inspire cries of "I'm hungry!" 2003, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,
— Diane Frook
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A town's residents busily prepare delicacies, anticipating the exciting arrival of the pigs that are "coming to play, hooray!" In fact, a veritable banquet awaits: "We're planning a feast for ten thousand at least,/We're cooking a fabulous meal." The porcine party is followed by high-stepping dancing and, when the frolicking comes to an end, the insatiable guests request one last snack. Though the warm, welcoming hosts are weary and worn-out, and have joined in the fun, they serve up crumb, plum, and rum cakes, and anticipate the arrival of-the sheep. Oller's distinguished watercolors of boisterous, smiling pigs are a perfect match for Newman's winsome, lyrical verse. This rollicking romp will be a storytime delight or a terrific laptime treat. It's sure to bounce right off the shelves.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another exuberantly rhymed and illustrated animal invasion from the creators of Cats, Cats, Cats! (2001) and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs! (p. 738): "The pigs are coming to play, hooray! / The pigs are coming today. / We'd better take care to completely prepare, / A minute's too long to delay." Prepare how? With "a feast for ten thousand at least," beginning with "Fried green tomatoes and mashed sweet potatoes," ending with "plum cakes and rum cakes and crumb cakes," and a mouthwatering menu in between. It's all dished up in Oller's vigorous, crowded watercolors by a cast of happy townsfolk for an even happier cast of energetic porkers who thunder in, scarf down the goodies, then before thundering out lead their hosts in a hog-wild hootenanny. As messy and sidesplitting as David McPhail's Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore (1993), this parade of porcine party goers will bring the house down-and just like its rotund revelers, the tale has a twist at the end: "We've got to hold steady, we've got to get ready, / our next guests are coming-the sheep!" (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689849794
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
01/21/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt


The pigs sit politely but hardly eat lightly.
In fact they all pig out in style.


Hooray! The pigs are coming to town! With great excitement the townspeople prepare a feast that only a pig could love. To thank them, the pigs put on a show only the townspeople could love. Then the pigs leave and everyone is exhausted — but the work is not finished yet!


They munch and they crunch on their oversized lunch,
Then each one sits back with a smile.

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