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Piggie Pie! Paperback – August 18, 1997

4.8 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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PreSchool-Grade 3?A very contemporary-sounding Gritch the Witch sets out for Old MacDonald's Farm to get herself a meal of plump piggies. Alerted, however, by her skywritten "Surrender Piggies!," the swine hastily don sheep, cow, and other barnyard disguises and fool her with their good acting (moos, quacks, etc.) and poker-faced denials of any pigs in residence. The still-hungry Gritch is persuaded to give up by a Big Bad Wolf (he's been unsuccessfully chasing three pigs for days), and the two go off for lunch, each picturing the other made into a sandwich. Children may not catch all the humorous references, like the yellow-pages ad for Yazgur's farm (site of the real Woodstock), but will quickly catch on to refrains in the text echoing "Old MacDonald." The exuberant illustrations are colorful and action-filled. Greedy (but not too bright) witch and wolf both get what they deserve in this thoroughly enjoyable romp that turns a popular nursery song on end.?Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 5^-8. This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Halloween picture book, even though Gritch the Witch certainly looks her part (though a bit more trendy), with a pointy hat, a gap-toothed grin, vicious green fingernails, and two beauteous moles on her face. She acts her part, too, swaggering, greedy, and just plain impatient, as she brooms off to Old MacDonald's Farm in search of eight plump porkers for her favorite pie. But Palatini deftly turns the tables on Gritch, whose own sense of importance (and the skywritten warning "Surrender Piggies!" ) gives her victims time to implement a plan to save their bacon. When hungry Gritch arrives at the farm, she can't find a single pig. Instead, she finds a wolf, whom she slyly invites home: "I always enjoy having a wolf for lunch." The wry, peppery dialogue is simply great ("Look, Shorty, I've been quack-quacked here, moo-mooed there, and clucked-clucked everywhere all over this farm" ), and Palatini's allusions to popular children's stories from The Wizard of Oz to the "Three Little Pigs" will delight kids. So will Fine's bold, expressive artwork, which gives wicked Gritch a comic audacity that makes her trouncing all the better. A sardonically humorous, rip-roaring yarn that can be enjoyed all year round. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395866189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395866184
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Hamer on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a children's librarian and an important part of my job is to find picture books to read aloud during our story hours. Three important criteria used to select a picture book to read to a group of children are: 1) Does the reader have fun with the story? And will they be able to convey this enthusiasm to the audience? 2) Will the children be enjoying the story? and 3) Are the pictures pleasing to the eye? Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini results in a very enthusiastic YES! to all three of these criteria.

Gritch the Witch is hungry. After deciding she wants to make piggie pie, but has no pigs handy, she begins her quest to find piggies. Upon arriving on Old MacDonald's farm, she spots some delicious looking piggies as she's flying on her broom over the farm. However, when she lands, there isn't a piggie to be found. The piggies are on to her and are disguised in a VERY clever manner, so she won't notice them. Will she find out? What will happen next?

When I read this in one of my story hours, the children (who ranged from toddler age to about 5 years old) were VERY into the story. This book also has that wonderful ability to make adults laugh as well, with some references to other tales and clever pictures. A person who loves to use different voices (such as a screechy witch voice) will have a field day reading this book aloud to children.

This book comes with my very enthusiastic recommendation. Enjoy!
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By kina on August 20, 2015
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I used to read this to my boys when they were little. It was one of their favorites. I was quite animated when reading it and they loved it. They are now in their 20s and I am facing some health issues. I decided to purchase some of their favorite childhood books and my husband is going to video tape me reading them... for my boys, and maybe their children. When it came in the mail, I asked, "Do you remember this?" They laughed immediately, "YES!" Grown young men excited about "Piggie Pie!" Priceless!
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This is a great book to read to children! I love it and I'm 64 years old. I've read it to many students and our daughters and now to their children. I would recommend this story to any one who loves a good read. the art work is great too!
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This is a favorite read aloud at our house! The spans a huge age range. My kids, ages 2 and 4, would read it back to back if I let them, and when I was a third grade teacher this was frequently requested from my students at Halloween time. The characters are fun, the story is hilarious for all ages, and the pictures are truly engaging. A must buy for your home collection!
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This is a traditional gift I give to folks when they have a baby. I have no clue if they keep if but I do remember the joy my fun reading it too my children as I shrieked for PIGGIE PIE and they howled with laughter at my frustration
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This book was a favorite with my grandchildren when they were young. Now I've been requested to "gift" it to them when they are expecting their own little one (my great-grandchildren). Request granted.
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If you buy books for your child so you can read to them or they're beginning to read on their own, This should be the first one on the "buy" list. I've bought several to give away. I probably read this to my daughter 100 times. It's fun to get into. I have a bunch of Palatini's books. I like them all, but this is my favorite.
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This picture book makes a wonderful read aloud but I would suggest small groups so children can view the humor in the illustrations. The humor, wordplay, and references to other fairy tales and Mother Goose rhymes make this book suitable for a variety of age levels.
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