From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Wembly the pig is always doing something wrong, and his little brother, William, is always tattling on him. Their mother has had enough, and she tells her sons to keep their distance from one another. The next day, Wembly plays with a neighbor, Iggy Hoggleswine, who loves nothing better than breaking the rules. He has a great time until he gets into real danger and William runs to his mother for help. The message is delivered with a fairly heavy hand, but the humorous artwork, done in acrylics and neatly set against white backgrounds, provides lots of fun. The pigs are dressed in modern clothes (Mama wears a stylish short yellow dress and high-heeled fuchsia boots). Their expressions are exaggerated to comic effect. One particularly successful illustration shows Mama rescuing Wembly, whose eyes are literally as big as saucers, while William sticks out his tongue at the bullying Iggy. Another picture of Wembly and Iggy repeatedly scratching their snouts will have children laughing, especially as a horrified William watches them with binoculars. This book will find a ready audience with siblings everywhere.–Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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The story, featuring two little pig brothers, strikes a familiar note. Wembly eats too many cookies and scratches his snout; William tattles. When Wembly hooks up with Iggy Hoggleswine, one of the tougher "kids" in the neighborhood, William watches them tear sheets from the clothesline, bathe in mud, and scratch their snouts--but he doesn't tattle. He feels very excluded when the boys make a tree house and label it, "No Tattletales Allowed." Then William helps the agoraphobic Wembly, and both boys become targets for Iggy. In a somewhat truncated ending, the brothers reconcile and put a new sign on the clubhouse: "No Bullies Allowed." Although it gets off to a good start, the text then meanders rather slowly toward the brotherly love conclusion. The cute artwork does give the story a boost; the funny spot illustrations scattered throughout make the brothers very endearing. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved