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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786806001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786806003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,348,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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I should have paid closer attention... My son and I love the original version and I thought this was it. Original illustrations are cute while these new illustrations are just awful. Was a gift for my son and instead of being excited he was confused and uninterested.
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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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First off this book is from the author of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, so you know its going to be good. The book is a quick read with fun illustrations. It is about a pig that is sometimes good and sometimes bad, but always the best ever. It is good to read to kids to explain that even though kids do good and bad things, they will always be loved by their parents.
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Not the original version I expected- words and pictures are both changed. still a cute story but disappointed, this one includes a grandma.
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