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Author/Illustrator: Audrey & Don Wood
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Genre: Fiction picture book
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.
There’s also an interesting background story of the making of the book.