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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.
Addresses male chauvinism head-on and in a humorous way. At a time when parents share more of the housework, when gender equality has become more of a given in children's books,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Imogen13
I can't tell you how many times I've given this book away.
Every family needs to be reminded that mom is a person to. Read more
Great book for children of all ages. This is not just for girls, boys can (and should)learn from it too.Published 17 months ago by Judith
illustrations bring home the message and the story is eternal; anthony browne knows families. this is also great for reading out loud to adults and childrenPublished 19 months ago by jo b. fogel
Great book to teach children empathy and their role in a family. The author is clear and to the point with visual puns that support the story.Published on May 18, 2013 by Y.V. Spivack
A great Mother's Day read for elementary aged children. Besides being entertaining, it delivers a great message. A must have for all families and elementary classrooms!Published on April 21, 2013 by Jerre J Dale
Anti-male indoctrination of children. Sick stuff. This is the common theme in our culture right now so it's unsurprising. Still doesn't make it any less sickening.Published on November 5, 2012 by ActaNonVerba
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