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PIGS WILL BE PIGS by Amy Axelrod


by Amy Axelrod & illustrated by Sharon McGinley-Nally

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-02-765415-X
Publisher: Four Winds/MacMillan

 The fridge is bare, the Pig family is hungry, and they're down to their last dollar. What to do? Search for cash--and, as would be true in many homes, they find plenty: a lucky two-dollar bill with Mr. Pig's socks, 200 pennies in the piglets' penny collection, change in pockets, a wet five-dollar bill in the laundry, and--bonanza--a twenty. Mrs. Pig adds it all up on the way to a Mexican restaurant where--eschewing the full menu given on one entire spread--they order four specials at $7.99 each (tax and tip included). How much money is left? In a way, it's too bad the answer is given (with full documentation) on the last page; kids could work it out. Still, the math exercise is made genuinely amusing by the domestic details and by McGinley-Nally's vibrant stylized art, which is not only lively and comical but also pleasingly decorative. (Picture book. 6-10)