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A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea Hardcover – September 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979227
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–An omniscient narrator explains why a pig parade is not the great idea that one might think it is. Who knew? These barnyard animals hate to march (preferring, inappropriately, to snuffle); flat out refuse to wear majorette uniforms; don't care about building floats (“the only floats pigs care about are root beer floats”); and prefer sad country music ballads to “good, spirited marching band music.” Bold, full-color acrylic illustrations, painterly in their texture, hilariously extend the wacky premise with witty details (bungee cords secure the pigs' ill-fitting majorette uniforms) and varied perspectives (a pig snout snuffles for leftovers in a larger-than-life close-up). The story's conclusion, that “a panda bear parade, on the other hand, would be fantastic,” is just as silly and arbitrary. The tongue-in-cheek tone of the text coupled with the large-scale illustrations and generous trim size make this a surefire storyhour read-aloud that will elicit laughter and cheers of delight.–Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Perhaps you had not even thought about the idea of a pig parade. But as this book makes clear, before you do, dismiss it from your mind. There are sooo many reasons a pig parade is a bad idea. For one thing, pigs hate to march. And they refuse to wear majorette uniforms. This, by the way, is not because they consider them unflattering (“Everybody looks sharp in a majorette uniform”), but they are a bit difficult to put on. They don’t like marching tunes, and their hooves are too small to control the giant balloons. So, a pig parade is a terrible idea . . . but a clever ending offers another option. If this book’s arch-toned text wasn’t flat-out funny enough, Hawkes’ deliciously down-and-dirty art takes the concept to a whole other level. These are not shiny pink porcine paraders we’re talking about (as seen in the opening spread of idealized marchers). Hawkes’ porkers are huge, hairy, beady-eyed snufflers who, contrary to the unseen narrator’s belief, prove that not everyone looks good in a majorette uniform. Filling up the pages, the pigs break instruments, stumble into stampedes, and cry over country music. Horror will mix with hysterical laughter when kids (and adults) get ahold of this one. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper

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We originally read this book then borrowed from the library and we all loved it so much that we bought it to share with all our kiddos for years to come.
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I'm always on the lookout for books that are funny & engaging to kids & entertaining to the adults that love to read to them.
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Format: Hardcover
A pig parade sounds like a lot of fun, but if you really think about it, it is a rotten idea. Yes, you can picture a hundred and one pigs marching down Main Street very easily. The drum majorette blows his whistle, lifts his piggy baton up high, and gets ready to lead the band. Fireworks light up the sky, balloons of all colors fly high, and a special piggy balloon soars high above the crowd. The piggies look sharp in their red and white uniforms. They close their eyes as they play . . . wait a minute. This simply will not work. If you think about pigs, really think about them, you'll know that "The only problem is a pig parade is a terrible idea."

They aren't much into marching or playing musical instruments for that matter. They do like to "snuffle, which is kind of like walking with your nose." Checking out popcorn, yucky lollipops, dropped ice cream cones, and even gum is grand, but being in a marching band simply will not do. Pigs wouldn't wear majorette uniforms on a bet, but rolling around in a mud puddle might excite them, but once "again, a pig parade is a terrible idea." The only kind of floats they might like are root beer floats and as far as music goes, "Pigs have horrible taste in music!" A pig parade is really not a good idea, but there just might be some animals that could march up a storm. Just who could they be?

This delightfully zany collection of pigs who wouldn't march on a dare, will give your little ones the giggles. Imagining a colorful, exciting pig parade marching by would be a lot of fun, but every little one knows that pigs have other ideas. As soon as the page is turned after the pig parade in this book, we really get down to the nitty gritty about pigs and they snuffle and roll their way through the rest of these pages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MommaMia VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book blew me away! We borrowed it from our local library last night and I immediately KNEW I had to review it AND purchase a copy for our kids.

This is THE perfect book to read outloud, the tone and language used by the author are extraordinary! I was so impressed by the readability...the humor...the ease with which the author makes such a silly premise a rousing good time! We laughed together like we haven't done in ages! A joy to read to your little ones...I would think that any child, ages 4-9 would find this one amusing.

Bravo...!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Jones on May 14, 2014
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The back jacket flap says Michael Ian Black is a comedian, and I love his style! The saying, "Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig" perfectly summarizes the message of this book - BUT it doesn't capture the deadpan humor. Here's a quote from the book that does: "Pigs ablolutely refuse to wear majorette uniforms . . . Perhaps they consider majorette uniforms unflattering. Nonsense. Everybody looks sharp in a majorette uniform, even pigs (especially pigs!) But when you try explaining that to them, they just look at you as if you are speaking a language they do not understand." Of course, Kevin Hawkes ' illustrations (picture a huge, rather ugly pig with a majorette hat tied on his head and sitting on the jacket) are absolutely key to the whole effect. I love a kid's book that gives the reader AND the listener credit for having some intelligence. Please visit carolhjones.com to see reviews of more books I recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love2Teach on January 18, 2014
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This book is wonderful! I used it as a mentor text for my second grade class. Each page tells a different reason why a pig parade is a terrible idea. For example, instead of marching, pigs snuffle (and the illustrations show pigs with bubble gum stuck to their snouts). Adorable illustrations and funny, laugh-out loud text. My kids were studying persuasive writing, and I used the book to demonstrate how the author tries to persuade us in a funny way why a pig parade would be a bad idea. Afterwards, each student wrote his or her own book about a different animal and why that parade would be a bad idea. My favorite was "naked mole rats"....they won't wear uniforms because they are naked and want to stay that way. Hilarious. You can see how well the student connected to the book. Highly recommend for teachers working on persuasive writing!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Y. Nichols on July 29, 2014
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This book if missing text. Every time there are double ff's, fl's, or th's, they are left out. This makes it horribly confusing to children reading. They don't have the skills to figure that out, and it ruins the story. It's a great book, and had numerous ways I wanted to use it I. The classroonI wanted to use it digitally to introduce opinion writing, but I'll be searching for another text to use as my model.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smiller on April 2, 2013
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This book is on my short list of checked-out-at-the-library-&-loved-so-much-that-I-purchased books. I'm always on the lookout for books that are funny & engaging to kids & entertaining to the adults that love to read to them. This one fits the bill & is one of my go-to books to give as gifts. My kids are 3 & 5 & both love this book...& I don't see their enthusiasm dwindling any time soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2011
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I picked this up at our local library and, once home, realized it was written by a (sigh) celebrity. I have been in this trap before with Fergie's awful kids books and Madonna's plagiarized tales. But we read through it and were laughing out loud! The humor was just right for my 7 year old, but younger kids will not get the jokes. For kids around 6 or 7 and up this is a winner.

It was funny, cute, well illustrated and a bit cheeky. Perfect!
We will definately buy this book and keep in our home reading library.
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