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NEW PIG IN TOWN by Lisa Wheeler


Fitch & Chip

by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Frank Ansley

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84950-8
Publisher: Richard Jackson/Atheneum

Chip is a confident, friendly little pig (the middle child in a large family) and Fitch is a nervous, shy young wolf who lives alone with his grandmother. They meet on Chip’s first day of school, when Chip is looking for a friend and notices that Fitch is always sticking to himself, clutching his tail, and twitching his ears. With droll humor and lots of short, funny lines, Wheeler succeeds in creating two distinct characters and a real plot, all within the confines of the upper easy-reader format. The text is divided into four short chapters, with a large type size and brightly colored watercolor illustrations on every page. Ansley uses a wide variety of perspectives in his work, adding motion wherever possible and additional humor with his expressive animal characters. The series continues with the second entry, Fitch and Chip: When Pigs Fly, and Fitch and Chip seem poised to continue their friendship with additional volumes. (Easy reader. 6-8)