Perfect Picture Book Friday – Piggy Pie Po

Perfect Picture Book Fridays are the creation of the lovely children’s book author Susanna Leonard Hill. Check in each week on Fridays for new book reviews. Susanna also has a complete list (alphabetically and by theme) of all the book reviews. It’s a wonderful resource if you’re looking for activities for a book, or books focused on a particular theme.

Title: Piggy Pie Po: 3 Little Stories

Author/Illustrator: Audrey & Don Wood

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

Year: 2010

Genre: Fiction picture book

Ages: 2+

Themes: (Loosely) Clothing, mastering skills, trying new foods

Opening: Piggy Pie Po likes to dance/When he wears his party pants. If he wears his rubber fins,/Piggy Pie Po swims and swims.

Synopsis: (from publisher’s website) Who is Piggy Pie Po? Just the smartest (maybe), messiest (probably), silliest (definitely) piggy you’ll ever meet. In these three small and playful stories, he’s sure to become every child’s most unforgettable new friend.

What makes it great: The silliness of the character and the uncluttered illustrations of his actions, with great facial expressions.

What readers notice: This was one of my daughter’s favorites when she was around 2 years old. She loved the silly character, even his name made her laugh. She especially loved the third little story about Piggy Pie Po eating a feast — He spilled the soup! He didn’t care./He got it in his piggy hair. Gales of laughter over that scene.

What a writer notices: The silliness of this story begins at the beginning — with the character’s name. The book is really more of a character study than a story, but what a character! It’s amazing that this book tells not one, not two, but THREE little stories about this character, in 200 words, total.

Links to Resources: 

Audrey Wood offers some coloring pages on her website for Piggy Pie Po.

http://www.audreywood.com/books-written-by-audrey-wood/piggy-pie-po/piggy-pie-po-activities

There’s also an interesting background story of the making of the book.

http://www.audreywood.com/books-written-by-audrey-wood/piggy-pie-po/the-making-of-piggy-pie-po

 

24 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Piggy Pie Po

  1. I was sold immediately just on the title, Carrie! Piggy Pie Po is just fun to say 🙂 And I find it especially amusing because my husband (who has never heard of this book I am quite sure) calls one of our dogs Piggy Pie Po all the time 🙂 The cover makes that little pig look so cute and engaging, and I find myself smiling over the idea of soup in that little pig’s “piggy hair” 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this one – it looks really fun!

  2. I’m going to have to readjust my picture book buying budget– I want to read this one. I love your reviews, Carrie.
    I have HECKEDY PEG and have borrowed the French version of THE NAPPING HOUSE from the library. I’m going to look further into the Woods and all their books.

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