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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395866189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395866184
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3?A very contemporary-sounding Gritch the Witch sets out for Old MacDonald's Farm to get herself a meal of plump piggies. Alerted, however, by her skywritten "Surrender Piggies!," the swine hastily don sheep, cow, and other barnyard disguises and fool her with their good acting (moos, quacks, etc.) and poker-faced denials of any pigs in residence. The still-hungry Gritch is persuaded to give up by a Big Bad Wolf (he's been unsuccessfully chasing three pigs for days), and the two go off for lunch, each picturing the other made into a sandwich. Children may not catch all the humorous references, like the yellow-pages ad for Yazgur's farm (site of the real Woodstock), but will quickly catch on to refrains in the text echoing "Old MacDonald." The exuberant illustrations are colorful and action-filled. Greedy (but not too bright) witch and wolf both get what they deserve in this thoroughly enjoyable romp that turns a popular nursery song on end.?Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 5^-8. This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Halloween picture book, even though Gritch the Witch certainly looks her part (though a bit more trendy), with a pointy hat, a gap-toothed grin, vicious green fingernails, and two beauteous moles on her face. She acts her part, too, swaggering, greedy, and just plain impatient, as she brooms off to Old MacDonald's Farm in search of eight plump porkers for her favorite pie. But Palatini deftly turns the tables on Gritch, whose own sense of importance (and the skywritten warning "Surrender Piggies!" ) gives her victims time to implement a plan to save their bacon. When hungry Gritch arrives at the farm, she can't find a single pig. Instead, she finds a wolf, whom she slyly invites home: "I always enjoy having a wolf for lunch." The wry, peppery dialogue is simply great ("Look, Shorty, I've been quack-quacked here, moo-mooed there, and clucked-clucked everywhere all over this farm" ), and Palatini's allusions to popular children's stories from The Wizard of Oz to the "Three Little Pigs" will delight kids. So will Fine's bold, expressive artwork, which gives wicked Gritch a comic audacity that makes her trouncing all the better. A sardonically humorous, rip-roaring yarn that can be enjoyed all year round. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Great story... super illustrations.
Heather Hogarty
Children will love to read & hear this story over and over.
VAM
I read this book to my first graders.
cozmo

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Hamer on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a children's librarian and an important part of my job is to find picture books to read aloud during our story hours. Three important criteria used to select a picture book to read to a group of children are: 1) Does the reader have fun with the story? And will they be able to convey this enthusiasm to the audience? 2) Will the children be enjoying the story? and 3) Are the pictures pleasing to the eye? Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini results in a very enthusiastic YES! to all three of these criteria.

Gritch the Witch is hungry. After deciding she wants to make piggie pie, but has no pigs handy, she begins her quest to find piggies. Upon arriving on Old MacDonald's farm, she spots some delicious looking piggies as she's flying on her broom over the farm. However, when she lands, there isn't a piggie to be found. The piggies are on to her and are disguised in a VERY clever manner, so she won't notice them. Will she find out? What will happen next?

When I read this in one of my story hours, the children (who ranged from toddler age to about 5 years old) were VERY into the story. This book also has that wonderful ability to make adults laugh as well, with some references to other tales and clever pictures. A person who loves to use different voices (such as a screechy witch voice) will have a field day reading this book aloud to children.

This book comes with my very enthusiastic recommendation. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ema on July 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This picture book makes a wonderful read aloud but I would suggest small groups so children can view the humor in the illustrations. The humor, wordplay, and references to other fairy tales and Mother Goose rhymes make this book suitable for a variety of age levels.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dian, SJSU Graduate Student, Library and Information Sciene Program on November 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
What do you do when you want Piggie Pie for breakfast and you are out of piggies? If you are Gritch the Witch, you hop on your broomstick and head for Old MacDonald's farm, which is exactly what happens in the story Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini. However, these piggies are too smart for Gritch and thwart her attempt to find them by donning costumes of other animals and pretending that there are "No piggies" at Old MacDonald's farm. Any child who hears this story will need to catch his breath from
laughing so hard as Gritch the Witch becomes more frustrated and excited as each page turns. The laughter will reach a crescendo when Gritch meets Mr. Wolf and they each have their own plan for lunch.
Librarians will have to arm wrestle each other to see who gets to be the one to read this story at a story time program. Each page is ripe with numerous opportunities to try out various voices of each of the animals. Howard Fine's illustrations are an integral part of the story because they clarify how the piggies fool Gritch. By the end of this delightfully funny story all who hear it will be rolling in the aisles!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cady Hayden on October 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Critch the Witch is evil. She wants piggie pie and needs 8 pigs to make it. She flies to the nearest farm where she sky writes, 'Surrender Piggies' to scare them into a pile of pigs. When she lands there isn't a pig in sight. Meanwhile in the barn, the clever pigs are putting on other farm animal disguises. A few dress up as chickens, some wear a cow costume and others pile high enough to act as the farmer. All of them tell here there are No Piggies to be found here. The mad witch spots the big bad wolf (all skin and bones from being tricked so many times by the pigs and never getting a good meal) and decides to Have Him for lunch instead. Great illustrations, scary witch pictures for little kids but fun farm pictures for identifying the piggie tails and hooves in each disguise. My only complaint is that this story is a bit wordy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that this is one of those books that I probably get more of a kick out of than even the children do. Not only is the story absolutely hilarious, but the art work sort of tickles my fancy. It is good and it is just quirky enough to make it not only funny, but interesting. This is a perfect read aloud book for a group of children.
Gritch the Witch woke up in her usually grouchy, grumpy and foul mood and found she is hungry. After some consideration of her options she decides that she wants something special, something really yummy! This of course means only one thing, "Piggie Pie!" Gritch the Witch checks her cabinet for her recipe book (Old Hag Cookbook), flicks a spider off, and reads the list of ingredients:

1 eye of a fly - no problem
2 shakes of a rattlesnake's rattle - yup, she has it
3 belly hairs of a possum - again, no problem
8 plump piggies - well, good grief we do have a problem here!

After checking the yellow pages in her local phone books she finds an advertisement for Old MacDonald's Farm, which happens to include "piggies!" She has found her pigs. Thus the story really begins.

I do not want to spoil the plot for any of you so suffice to say that Gritch meets her match with a very, very bright bunch of fat little pigs. They plot and plan and come up with the idea of disguises. Each time the witch tries to find the pigs, they are dressed up as chickens, cows, ducks and finally Old MacDonald himself. The word play here is great. The author does a take- off from the original nursery rhyme, mixes it with the Three Little Pigs and ever witch story you ever heard.
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Wow. My very first picture book -- PIGGIE PIE!, is celebrating
it's fifteenth anniversary this year! It tickles me to know that
'Gritch' is still giving giggles.
Visit her and my other characters on my website: www.margiepalatini.com

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