MR. AND MRS. PIG'S EVENING OUT by Mary Rayner

MR. AND MRS. PIG'S EVENING OUT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kids will probably recognize more truth to life than parents will in this story of a stereotyped, scatterbrained father and (especially) mother and the ten piglets they leave with a new babysitter named, appropriately, Mrs. Wolf. Bustling into her best dress and stuffing her husband into a shirt she finds slenderizing, the distracted Mrs. Pig barely stops to ask the name of the toothy, sinister sitter sent over by ""the agency."" Fortunately the youngsters are more alert, for when Mrs. Wolf snatches Garth from the bottom bunk and carries him downstairs to the oven, the others follow with a blanket in which, after a mighty struggle, they wrap and tie the false sitter, holding her prisoner until Father Pig returns and dumps the bundle into ""the swirling depths of a big river."" This might not make it easier for human parents to get away for their next evening out, but their forsaken progeny will be with the piglets all the way.

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1976
Publisher: Atheneum