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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-08-30
- Reviewer: Staff
While the three stories in this picture book are short on plot, they are filled with high-spirited acrylic paintings and rhymes that focus on a single character. The first story features Piggy Pie Po wearing different costumes as he engages in various activities (“If he wears his rubber fins,/ Piggy Pie Po swims and swims”), while the second tale offers demonstrations of the pig’s many artistic and academic talents (“For a penny he will spell/ pistachio and pimpernel”). In the last story, Piggy Pie Po goes on an eating binge, which ends badly when he eats a chili pepper: “So hot! So red!/ He ran straight home... and went to bed.” Like calendar photos of a potbellied porker, the illustrations (drawn by Audrey Wood and painted by Don) flip by accompanied by rhymes that are akin to (and will be as easily memorizable as) a rollicking nursery rhyme. As exuberant as the pigs in the Woods’ Piggies, this solo star will likewise appeal to toddlers, whether he’s dancing in his “party pants” or playing a bongo drum in a hula skirt. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
A mildly mischievous pig
Husband and wife author-illustrators Audrey and Don Wood are at it again. The team who brought us such favorites as The Napping House introduce a jaunty pig in their new picture book, Piggy Pie Po.
Piggy Pie Po is an active, clever and mildly mischievous young pig. In three episodic “chapters” written in easy, predictable rhyme, we follow Piggy as he dances, swims and digs in the dirt. A naked pig and a much-needed bath are sure to send preschoolers into a fit of giggles, while the youngest school-aged children will identify with Piggy’s efforts to learn to read and his struggles to tie his own shoes.
The illustrations, drawn by Audrey Wood and painted by Don Wood in acrylics on canvas, are bright, colorful and vastly appealing. Each section is announced by a vividly colored numeral and Piggy himself leading curious readers to discover what activity he will in engage in next.
The final segment follows Piggy through a bit of gastronomic misadventure, but the solace of one’s own bed eventually bring closure and comfort to Piggy and his new fans. Sure to be treasured by families, Piggy Pie Po is another winner from the Woods.