- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (April 15, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152563415
- ISBN-13: 978-0152563417
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Piggies Hardcover – April 15, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
These inventive collaborators ( Heckedy Peg ; The Napping House ) have turned the simple subject of a child's hands into a unique combination of concept and fantasy. As each digit takes on the endearing persona of a "piggy," the stage is set for a whimsical and thought-provoking jaunt. Two fat little piggies--thumbs which each support a rowdy rendering of a porker--stand alone on the opening spread and are soon joined (with a turn of the page) by other outstretched fingers and a cast of "long," "silly," "smart" and "wee" swine. The subjects are depicted in various states ("clean little piggies" gambol amid frothy bubbles), until bedtime arrives and the irrepressible pigs "skip down my tummy, dance on my toes, then run away and hide." Don Wood's subjects have a quirky charm--his vibrant palette is bolstered here by strong pinks, of pig and flesh tones. Although the text is slight, the pages harbor a wealth of visual detail worthy of repeated viewings. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-- In an imaginative play on the fingers-and-toes game, a child's hands introduce two fat, two smart, two tall, two silly, and two wee piggies who cavort on fingertips. Personalities are established early, and children will have fun following a smart reading piggy and a fat eating piggy throughout the book. Belongings such as a teddy bear, balloon, and umbrella can be spotted from page to page, sometimes in out-of-the-way places. Large pages are a perfect backdrop for the antics, which are organized in a series of simple-phrase, double-spread contrasts of hot/cold, clean/dirty, and good--until bedtime when the naughty ones whisk down the tummy, dance on toes, then hide. Time to put them together for fat, smart, tall, silly, and wee goodnight kisses. But one smart piggy is still reading--by flashlight! All of this mischief is done up in oil and begins against a background of warm cream. Then bathing-suited piggies sizzle on bright yellow, snowball against cold blue, bubble up on squeaky-clean pink, squish in mud, behave their best on sky blue, then do their bedtime romp on darkening pages until the final kissing piggies are edged in moonglow. Brilliant colors and large pictures convey the humor to groups, while more subtle details of costume and trappings invite viewers to pore over the antics again and again. "This little piggy . . . " will never be the same. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is simple. The child narrator discusses his/her five pairs of piggies (fingers, thumbs), assigning a temperament to each pair. The pairs go through several kinds of environments, changing with the environment. The ten little piggies cavort and act up according to the situation. In the end there is a bedtime coming together of the piggies.
That rather perfunctory summary does no justice to this charming book, especially since the illustrations by Don are spectacular.
And this is the main beef with this board book format of the story (and the sole reason for losing a star.) Several full-size versions of this book exist. At this larger size, the amazing detail of the little pigs emerges. But in the board book format, the illustrations get squeezed down, losing the details that bring out the personalities of the piggies.
This leads to a tough decision: go with the sturdier board book or with the regular hardback. Much depends on how hard your children treat books. Very small children would do better with the board book, while older children would be better off with a larger, less sturdy format.
Still, either way, this is an admirable addition to any young child's library and comes highly recommended.
What makes it fun for me is that my Mommy and Daddy play along with the book. Each page has a unique hand position or hand play that they can imitate. Towards the end, one of the hand plays involves tickling my tummy, so I look forward to that. Now that my parents know the entire book from memory, they sometimes "read" the book to me without the book by reciting the words along with the hand gestures, and it is still a lot of fun.
The pictures are very bright, colorful, and complicated. For me, the pictures are too complicated to understand, but I hope to understand them one day when I am older, so I am going to hang on to this book for a little while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids love this book! I love this book for the message and the artwork. No matter how many times I have read it, I see something new. This makes is a wonderful gift!Published 1 month ago by Jeana G
Is there a better children's artist? Fun book for reading and learning.Published 1 month ago by Lois Wahrenburg
I was looking for the big size and this was the small one but it's fine.Published 2 months ago by Gregg H.
I used to read this book to my niece and she loved it. The book got lost in moves, so I needed a new one for my daughter. We love it! It's small simple, and short. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can't deny that the theme of this book is just a tad creepy, and at a glance I would have thought it would freak a small child out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Obi Wan
This book is awesome - love the story line and the wonderful illustrations. The kids loved it!Published 6 months ago by J. Elmer