- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (March 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060239824
- ISBN-13: 978-0060239824
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Pigericks: Pig Limericks Hardcover – March, 1983
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It is it oinkingly, porkingly fine
The verses and art
will tickle your heart
Lobelicious - a treat - most divine!
Arnold Lobel's art is par excellence. His "Frog and Toad" books, for example, have become standards in libraries across America. Here, his art still shines. His limericks are so-so.
To compare Arnold Lobel to Edward Lear is unfair. However, no mention of limericks can be done without invoking the name of the great wit Lear. See his limericks and find out why. What is fair is comparing Lobel to Lobel. This is not Lobel's best work.
Great limericks require an intuitive sense of meter, and where and how syllables change their pace. Lobel slips here and there, and could have edited his collection better.
To be expected, there is a pig from Nantucket. There is also one from North Stowe, Glens Falls, Palm Springs, Schenectady ("my neck today"), Duluth, and Chanute. Pigs live everywhere, and do almost anything, except pig things. The limericks lack proper pigness. Lobel could have replaced "pig" with other one syllable animals, like cat, dog or bird, and his limericks would not change at all.
The pictures are all pig, and very fun. Pig pictures, like monkey pictures, somehow always look silly. Lobel extracts every kind of goofy pig situation possible.
A few of the limericks might find their way into anthologies, but on the whole, Lobel wasted his great skill as an artist. He is a great writer too, but this book is one of his best.