MRS. PIG'S BULK BUY by Mary Rayner


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Accidentally coinciding with the Administration's aborted let-'em-eat-ketchup policy, this third story about Rayner's pig family has quite the opposite intent. Mrs. Pig's little chuckles at the supermarket as she piles six bottles of ketchup into her basket are the bait for readers--who, their curiosity as to what's up thus aroused, are soon apprised of her plan to sate the ten little pigs' appetites for ketchup-on-everything by serving them nothing but ketchup till they're sick of it. Well, it isn't long before the piglets are squealing for ""just food""--and ""From that day on the ten piglets had ketchup only on their eggs and French fries."" The outcome is no surprise, and this is never the breathholder that the piglets' previous adventures were; but Rayner makes enough of their growing dismay over ""ketchup again"" to keep readers entertained, and she ends with a ""just-so"" moral they won't be expecting.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1981
Publisher: Atheneum