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Piggybook Paperback – September 26, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

In this moralistic fable, the overworked and underappreciated Mrs. Piggott leaves her swinish husband and two sons to fend for themselves, and they literally turn into pigs. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1 - 3 A wickedly feminist tale if there ever was one, this is the story of Mrs. Pigott, domestic drudge to her husband and two sons. Tired of her lot, she leaves them for a few days, her only message being a note on the mantel: ``You are pigs.'' As the days pass and the menfolk fail miserably at fending for themselves, a unique transformation occurs: they become pigs in fact as well as in habit. Never fear, though; Mrs. P. returns, chores are divided up democratically, and peace and tranquility are restored. The feminist theme would bludgeon the plot were it not for the exceedingly clever illustrations: even before the porcine evolution of the males, there are hints of piggery everywherein the father's lapel carnation, the boys' upturned noses, a piggy bank, a light switch. After the transformation, pigs turn up everywhere, including on the wallpaper (which was formerly a rose design). Browne also uses a sly before-and-after technique in his portrayal of Mrs. Pigott, who starts out as a drab, shadowy figure, face averted, while the males are brightly drawn in full light and full-face. After the victory for women's rights, however, Mrs. P. is drawn in an equal style. In terms of cleverness and style, this one brings home the bacon. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Pub . Lib . , Ill.

Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (September 26, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067980837X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679808374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book shows a family of men who are all pigs(at first they are humans and they are messy). The poor mother has to clean up after them and cook all of their meals. Throughout this book Browne's illustrations are humorous. In the middle the men are all drawn as pigs. Look carefully at the pictures, there are many hidden pigs. The mother gets fed up and leaves them and the men have to fend for themselves. Well, you can guess what happens next!
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This is one of my favorite children's books. Mrs. Piggott gets tired of her husband and two sons because they don't help at home even though she is working full time. She leaves them and they eventually end up rooting like pigs looking for something to eat. Watch the pictures to see pigs appearing everywhere
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Mother's message ("give me some help") comes across very well in this beautifully drawn book. This book, like many other Anthony Brown's books has several layers - the text, and the beautiful drawings who add to the text, but give further layers of understanding and emphasizes the message. The mother who is being "walked all over" in the beginning of the book does not stay passive and takes some action - she leaves the house and from here the road to "living like pigs" is very short, until she comes back, but now on her own terms. So nice for me, as a mother to read this book to my kids and to see how the message comes across without me saying anything...
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I am a 2nd grade teacher who just received this book as a gift. Today I read it with my students for the first time. We loved it! Not only does the story have a good message that everyone in the family should pitch in and help, but the illustrations are wonderful. It took 2 viewings to get through all of the hidden pigs. I also think it is especially poignant that Mrs. Pigget has no face at the beginning of the book because she has no other identity except to serve her husband and sons. Reading this book led to a great class discussion and a writing assignment. A gem for any classroom or family collection.
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I love all of Anthony Browne's books. I've picked them so as to keep me interested in story-time as well as my kids. They are all quirky/odd (Anthony is English-born), but I really like that about his stories. My favorites are Piggybook, Changes, and Voices in The Park because they merge reality and imagination. I also like the Shape Game, but for a different reason. The illustrating is just outstanding, and make my son laugh and wonder.
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Came across this one by accident. I am a beginning Spanish student and thought I'd use children's books in Spanish to help me practice the language. That's how I found Anthony Browne. I was immediately mesmerized by the storyline and artwork. Anthony Browne is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, and my children. Every time you read this story, there is something you missed before. It's magical how he writes/draws. Since you already have the editorial review above, suffice it to say, this guy is very talented and you won't be disappointed. Then, duh, I went back and got the English version, so now my Spanish skills are soaring with the translations. Will be collecting these from now on. Thanks Anthony! - Donna.
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I really enjoyed this book because it has so much to offer. First, the illustrations provide clues to what's going to happen in the story. Second, the lesson in the book about gender roles is invaluble to both young males and females. In this day in age, boys and girls need to know that they are equals in many aspects. When I read the book to a group of students they really enjoyed telling me where all the clues were in the pictures. The read aloud also facilitated a discussion about gender roles, as the last page in the book caused some confusion for the children (I won't give it away you'll just have to buy it).
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Are you tired of working for the men of your life?, Would you like to teach them a lesson?, Would you like some deserved recognition?, Do you want to have some fun with your family?. Read toghether Piggybook by Anthony Browne, a beautiful tale about a women who's taken for granted by her family until one day she gets tired and leaves them to live as what they are, real pigs. With a happy ending, teach your children not to stereotype people only by their sex gender.
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