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The Good Little Bad Little Pig Hardcover – September 2, 2002

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (September 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786806001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786806003
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Published for the first time as a standalone, this story from Brown's 1939 collection, The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile, features a boy who understands that creatures are never all good or all bad, but good and bad all at once a reassuring message for small children. When Peter tells his mother that he wants a "good little bad little pig," she admits she has never heard of such a thing, but agrees to try to find one. Yaccarino's (Unlovable) gouaches both date and update the tale, supplying Leave It to Beaver clothes for Peter's parents and kidney-shaped furniture for their living room. The characters' resemblance to playthings reinforces Peter's upbeat, positive approach. Once the pig is delivered, Peter's mother says that it is dirty and Peter's father does not like the way it runs around the house squealing. "Remember," Peter admonishes them, "this is a good little bad little pig." Peter takes charge of everything, feeding and bathing his pet by himself; he soon convinces his parents that the pig is malleable after all. "Sometimes the little pig was good and sometimes he was bad," the story ends, "but he was the very best pig any boy ever had." Peter and his barnyard pet make engaging, low-key heroes, especially in the incongruous suburban setting; younger children may well identify with the porcine hero, with its mix of angel and imp, and make this a favorite. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-There is a reason Brown has name recognition-she had a way with words. Who else could take a silly little premise, a boy wants a pig, "Not too little/And not too big/Not too good/And not too bad-/The very best pig/Any boy ever had," and turn it into a sweet little story? The narrative flows naturally, it has sound effects ("Squeeee ump ump ump") and even depth-the boy is enamored with his pig despite its volatile behavior. The retro style of the illustrations is just right for this old-fashioned, simple tale. The art is sophisticated and stylized and yet exudes an innocent charm. The use of white space is masterful. Coupled with a smooth use of color, this technique helps create a clean-cut look. Interior spaces have patterned backdrops, checks, stripes, and plaids that add to the 1950s' ambience.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Mansfield on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Wise Brown was such a talented author. This story is my 3yo daughter's current favorite. I like it because it shows that not everyone (or every pig) is perfect and that's just how Peter likes it. It's a fun book to read aloud and Dan Yaccarino's illustrations make it a colorful adventure. After finding this book, I have begun to explore even more of Brown's work beyond Goodnight Moon. She's a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Little Peter wants a little pig, but he doesn't want one that's a bad little pig, nor does he want one that's always a good little pig. Instead, he wants one that is a good little, bad little pig. And when his mother writes a letter to a farmer who raises pigs, he knows just the right one to send.

This is a very cute little book. The story is funny, and the illustration work is very interesting. And, I must say that I liked the moral of the story - that no pet is always good or always bad. It's a fun book that my little reader and I both enjoyed.
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The Good Little Bad Little Pig is the amusing tale of a little boy who wanted a pig as a pet. He writes a letter to a farmer asking for a pig that is not too bad but not too good. The farmer comes through with just the right pig. Sometimes he's clean and neat and cooperates and sometimes he drives the little boy's family crazy with his antics. My kids loved the adorable illustrations and giggled when they were giving the little pig a bath and trying to get him to cross the street. But in addition to being a fun read, there is also a deeper meaning behind this tale. No one is going to be good all the time because no one is perfect. We have to take the good the with the bad and love each other regardless.This is a great lesson to teach our little ones.
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