From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Two adventurous little pigs sneak away from their sleeping mother and go exploring before falling asleep themselves. They cover a lot of territory, going under, over, behind, into, etc. Unfortunately, the text does little except highlight the various prepositions and action words. The narrative is awkward, sometimes rhyming and sometimes not; it does not flow easily or follow a predictable pattern. The illustrations, rendered in pencil and painted in Photoshop and Illustrator, lack dimensionality. Elements appear to float across the pages, untethered by the lack of a consistent physical plane. The perspective distorts the shape of the barn and house, which may be confusing for young children. Well-designed endpapers provide a map of the pigs' route, which would be fun for children to trace. However, it is disappointing for the endpapers to be the best part of a book.Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Two black-and-white piglets have a quick barnyard romp—starting in the pumpkin patch but covering all sorts of terrain—and narrowly escape an angry bull before returning safely to the pumpkins for a snooze. Simple, childlike cartoon illustrations awash in soft yellows, oranges, browns, and greens clearly depict the two as they make their way around the periphery of the farm, interacting with an assortment of animals. The minimal text (about eight words per double-page spread), highlighting the prepositions (under, over, behind, into, etc.), is often playfully placed in the illustration, especially when the excitement picks up. With the crisp, action-filled text, this would be just right for sharing with the youngest of audiences. (The loud “Squeal!!” of the pigs after encountering the bull will certainly grab listeners’ attention.) Pair with other stories set in a barnyard, such as What the Ladybug Heard, by Julia Donaldson (2010), or one of the many tales about pigs out of place, such as No Place for a Pig, by Suzanne Bloom (2003). Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos