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Zeke Pippin Paperback – Bargain Price, May 22, 1997
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Steig resolutely refuses to talk down to kids. He throws in the occasional weird word, odd phrase, or elaborately worded paragraph just to keep kids (and their parents) on their toes. The enviable result is that his book--both this and others--is utterly memorable and stands apart from the masses of touchy-feely children's books out there.
Zeke Pippin is a pig whose life is changed by a harmonica he finds. After numerous adventures, narrow escapes, and a great number of lovingly-detailed meals and snacks (he is, after all, a pig), Zeke Pippin becomes a hero in his town and a friend to sick children. This combination of Horatio Alger pluck and Robert Louis Stevenson excitement is winning and rewards frequent reading. Steig's inimitable illustrations are just as terrific as the text. He manages to convey more with just a few watercolor tints and a wobbly black line than other artists do with a great deal more equipment (and less talent). Rewarding time and time again.
I like this book because it has lots of exciting parts and once you read it you never get tired of reading it. You may have had that happen with some other books.
I recommend this book to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders or people that just like funny and intense books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the use of language and plays-on-words. The book *is* a little scary for the younger set, but of course, everything turns out all right for Zeke in the end.Published on November 29, 2012 by Ilana Waters
Page after page this book got worse and worse. The language was clumsy, inconsistent, and uninspiring. The story became increasingly dark. Read morePublished on June 3, 2008 by Thomas J. Cray
This book is not appropriate for 5- to 8-year-olds in either content or context. Zeke, a pig, picks up a harmonica that he sees fall off a garbage truck and cleans it up, "using... Read morePublished on April 3, 2002