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A PIG PARADE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA by Michael Ian Black

A PIG PARADE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA

By Michael Ian Black (Author) , Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7922-7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

“Like most children you have probably thought to yourself at one time or another, I bet a pig parade would be a lot of fun.” After all, “pig parade” is even fun to say…but did you know that pigs hate to march? They would rather snuffle, which doesn’t lend itself to parading. Pigs won’t wear uniforms. Hard to say why; maybe they think uniforms unflattering, which is just foolish. Pigs care nothing for floats (except those involving root beer), and their trotters can’t hold the lines for giant balloons. To top it off, pigs prefer sad, slow country ballads to peppy marching-band music. Maybe a panda parade, then...? Black and Hawkes reteam to good effect for a second sly and silly animal-centered tale (Chicken Cheeks, 2009). Black’s deadpan wit might not be to all tastes, but sophisticated young audiences will hoot at the interplay of illustration and text. Hawkes’s acrylic paintings, most full-bleed, of realistic porkers munching on majorette uniforms and noodling with instruments are nothing short of spectacular. A preposterous, porcine pleasure. (Picture book. 5-8)