A clever, colorful read-aloud in the tradition of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
A fun day at the fair becomes color chaos when one boy's energetic pig gets loose. Upside down, piggy wallows in brown, but that's only the beginning of this cumulative, rhyming text. Soon, he's adding a rinse of red (tomatoes), a wash of white (milk), a pinch of pink (cotton candy), and many more. Can piggy be caught before he turns the whole fair upside down?
With exuberant art by Henry Cole, this wild pig chase is a natural choice for teaching colors and begs to be read aloud.
Kimberly Norman is a children's book author and graphic designer. She lives with her husband and two sons in Smithfield, Virginia.
Henry Cole is a self-taught artist and the beloved illustrator of more than twenty books for young readers. He lives in Wilton Manors, Florida.
This little piggy has escaped from his owner and is running riot through the county fair, getting covered in gunk, globs, and other stuff representing nine colors: brown from the muddy pig pen, red from the tomato canning display, yellow from the broken yolks in the chicken coopwhich provides Cole (Big Chickens Fly the Coop) the opportunity to prove, once again, that hes virtually unrivaled when it comes to drawing hysterical hensand so forth. By the time the wee piggy proudly wins a blue ribbon, he makes the Garbage Pail Kids look pristineand kids will be reveling in his genially mischievous grossness. Norman (Ten on the Sled) contributes a catchy cumulative verse that riffs on I Know an Old Lady (I know a wee piggy who wallowed in green./ Oh, what a scene! Hell NEVER get clean!/ He wallowed in green to go with the black./ He wallowed in black to go with the yellow). But its Coles porcine hero who steals the show: even the fussiest grownups will fall for this eager-eyed, grinning, leaping, prancing, filthy pig. Ewww. And awww. Ages 35. (June)2012 Reed Business Information
* "Cole's porcine hero steals the show: even the fussiest grownups will fall for this eager-eyed, grinning, leaping, prancing, filthy pig. Ewww. And awww." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A surefire winner." School Library Journal, starred review
"Youngsters will eagerly join in and sing along with the cumulative verse and laugh out loud with the lovable piggy as he scampers throughout the fair, wreaking havoc everywhere he goes. This gleefully messy pig will prompt endless re-readings." Kirkus Reviews