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Pigs [Library Binding]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Feb. 1 1992 Classic Munsch

Megan is told to feed the pigs, but not to open the gate. She does of course, and the results are hilarious as the pigs help themselves to coffee and the newspaper at the breakfast table, follow Megan to school, and ride home by way of the school bus. Full-color illustrations.

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Funny, lighthearted and action-packed. (Ottawa Citizen)

Michael Martchenko's renderings of the rampaging pigs add additional energy to the joyous frenzy of the proceedings. (Hamilton Spectator)

About the Author

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied to be a Jesuit priest, but decided to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.

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By Mary Lavers TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Board book
I adore Robert Munsch. I think he's a masterful storyteller and his long-time collaboration with illustrator Michael Marchenko has produced some amazing children's classics.

Sometimes, however, when his books are condensed to board book form, they lose some of their oomph. The best parts are edited out, or they're oversimplified, or the magic is somehow not there.

Pigs, however, retains all of its "Pigness" even in the shorter format. My only problem with it is that I'm not sure this particular story *needed* to be made into a board book.

The board book format is presumably so it's easier for little hands to handle, so that younger children can access the story. I'm not sure Pigs is best suited for younger kids. It's one of the Robert Munsch stories that has characters being a bit rude to each other, with the constant refrain of "Hey you dumb pigs!". This may be fine for school-age children, but a lot of parents and teachers don't like reading that kind of impolite phrase to very young children.

This review was first posted on my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal, and is based on a digital review copy of the board book edition that I received through NetGalley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for little hands June 16 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you child loves animals and silly stories they will love this book.
My toddler loves the Robert Munsch books and the prefers the mini books as they fit perfectly in her hands and are easy for her to turn the pages no matter where she is. Great for parents too for travelling and takes up no room. Can throw the book in your pocket or purse as you are running out the door.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who let the pigs out? May 29 2014
By Storywraps TOP 500 REVIEWER
This hilarious book will have your kids rolling on the floor with laughter. It is now being released in board book form so little hands can experience the happiness of handling and cuddling their own-sized book. The text and illustrations are modified from the original but will not be missed by a brand new gang of potential Munsch lovers.

Megan's dad asks her to feed the pigs but to be careful not to open the gate because pigs are smarter than you think. Megan promises she will not allow that to happen and heads off outside to the pigpen. Her observation after leaning over the gate and giving the piggies a going over with her eyeballs concludes that pigs are the dumbed looking animals that she has ever seen. Little by little her nose gets closer to the specimens and the gate creeps open a little more each time she leans in. The pigs watch her, wait patiently and at the precise perfect time they all stampede out of the gate. Oh oh!

They make a beeline or should I say piggyline to the house and cause havoc and chaos inside. "Get these pigs out of here! yelled her father. Megan yelled, "HEY YOU DUMB PIGS!" The pigs jumped up-wap, wap, wap! - and ran out the door." Then they zoom off to Megan's school to cause mayhem and disturbances there. When it's time to head for home and the bus pulls up for pick up, guess whose driving the bus? You guessed it...all aboard the piggy bus....and the pigs squeal and chew (the bus seats) and party ..... all the way home. Could Megan restrain herself from ever repeating that faux pas again? You will laugh at loud at the last page where that question just may be answered for you. Oh oh!
The illustrations are magnificent! Spot on! Amazing! Colourful, full of expression and emotion, action-packed and cartoonish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "dumb" through out the book April 4 2014
By jives
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
The word "dumb" written throughout the book, and although the meaning of the story is that pigs are not dumb, I did not feel like having my 2 1/2 year old going to daycare and calling the other kids "dumb" since it would have been her nearly learned word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 24 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love that I could get the classic children's books all in one place and for an awesome price and free shipping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love minis Dec 19 2013
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A full size story that fits in your purse! perfect size and price for birthday loot bags or to keep in your purse to keep kids busy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love March 5 2013
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The kids love this book. It is very small though. It fits in the suitcase for easy traveling and reading while away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best July 7 2002
By A Customer
My 3 1/2 year old daughter is a huge Munch fan and likes this one well enough, but it's my least favourite. She tends to memorize books and quote them constantly, and I'm not thrilled with the "hey, you dumb...." mantra. This is kind of minor, but how was it that the pigs showed up at school after Megan locked them back in at home? If you're wanting to add to your Munch collection, he's written better. Alligator Baby and Thomas's Snowsuit are fun without the insults and a little more logically consistent.
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