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Piggies in the Kitchen Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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PreS-K-Five little porkers and their father wave Mama off one bright, sunny day as she leaves the house. Daddy goes to cut the grass while his children enthusiastically descend upon the kitchen. Rhyming couplets filled with onomatopoeia tell the tale of the frenetic piglets making a mess plus a pleasant surprise for their mother. Pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations in pastel hues humorously reveal the raucous goings-on. The piggies cheerfully juggle eggs, spill chocolate chips, and let frosting bubble over on the stove as lighthearted chaos ensues. Though most of the batter ends up on the floor and on one another, the five are able to create cookies, a pie, and a cake in celebration of their mother, who returns home to find a clean house, guests, and goodies. Every time the little ones hear a sound outside, a repeated refrain accompanies an illustration depicting the pigs trying to hide the evidence in a frenzy of scurrying about the kitchen. This book would work well as a Mother's Day tale or as a general birthday story. Children will enjoy perusing the pictures to watch the activities of each individual pig.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
After kissing their mother good-bye, five little piggies stealthily take over the kitchen. (Their father can be seen working in the backyard.) As in her Pilot Pups (2008) and Hibernation Station (2010), Meadows uses lively rhythmic verse to recount the mess that ensues: �Squeeze out sticks of butter, / flour in the bowl. / Carton takes a tumble, / eggs begin to roll.� Several times the baking stops when the piggies think they hear their mother returning, but after each false alarm, the disastrous momentum resumes. The tension runs high again when their father enters the kitchen and takes in the chaos, but he quickly lends his help with turning on the oven and cleaning up afterward. Once Mama does return, she is shocked by a spotless house and a birthday surprise. The cartoonlike illustrations, rendered in pen and ink and watercolors in a pastel palette, add more merriment to the jaunty rhymes. Fitting for a parent or teacher read-aloud. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper