Eight years after Duck’s persistent and unwelcome turnip obsession in A Birthday for Cow (2008), it’s now Pig’s turn to be the odd animal out.
Mouse, Cow, and Pig are making a supersized pot of soup. An exuberant counting exercise ensues as a growing assortment of vegetables gets tossed in—one onion, two cabbages—and three umbrellas! The bewildered but ever polite Mouse and Cow ask, “Is that wise, Pig?” Other veggies join the bubbling broth, but Pig’s contribution is six galoshes. The running refrain of “Is that wise, Pig?” reaches a crescendo when Pig blithely announces that 10 of his hungriest friends have been invited. With spoons in hand, the plethora of pool-hogging piggies party hearty in the soup-filled pot as Mouse and Cow come to appreciate the fortuitously available umbrellas and galoshes. Bowing to the inevitability of a menu change, Mouse orders pizza instead. Thomas’ trademark loud and zany illustrations obey no boundaries and bleed off the pages with raucous abandon. Deft digital tweaking shifts the friends’ expressions from anticipatory to chagrined amid the escalating chaos.
Preschool sous-chefs, kindergarten accountants, and everyone in between will find commonality in their chuckling reactions to this over-the-top tutorial for impromptu caterers. (Picture book. 3-6)