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by Eva Eriksson & illustrated by Eva Eriksson & translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 14th, 2003
ISBN: 91-29-65819-5
Publisher: R&S/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Molly, the moon-headed pig, is feeling a little smug when Grandma suggests she run to the store for a bag of beans. But when she gets to the market, she’s obscured in the crush of customers. It takes so long for her to be noticed, she forgets what she’s supposed to purchase. The clerk asks if it’s a bag of potatoes and Molly agrees and delivers them to her nonplussed Grandma, claiming that the clerk forced them on her. Grandma goes to the store, angry at the clerk. When she returns, Molly’s hiding under the table. Grandma tells her not to fib again and sends her for pastries. This time, she loses Grandma’s coin purse, reporting it stolen, but they find it in the middle of the sidewalk. By the time she gets to the baker, she’s forgotten what to get. Cream puffs will do just fine—though she worries she’s made another mistake. Eriksson’s illustrations are softly drawn, with delicate Old World settings and dryly comic characters. Molly’s no angel, but Grandma loves her and sympathetic readers will, too. (Picture book. 4-8)