With everyone making demands, what’s a little piggy to do?
“The day is lovely with bright sun. / A swim, thinks piggy, would be fun.” She grabs her beach-fun supplies and heads out for the ocean. But her mother wants a kiss goodbye, and piggy misses her bus. She decides a walk will do her good, but she’s accosted by a dog who demands her swim tube, and he pops it. A kitty takes her hat. Piggy loses her ball to a bunch of soccer-playing rabbits. A crocodile snatches her shades; a badger takes her cookies. And finally, a bear insists she help him escape a bog. Piggy’s had enough! Putting her trotter down has unforeseen consequences...but they aren’t all bad. Something is definitely lost in translation in this German import. Piggy never even gets the chance to say “no” as animal after animal accosts her along the way. The animals who steal and destroy her belongings all end up having a blast in the mud of the bog, so their unacceptable behavior is rewarded. The genial, bright, colored-pencil illustrations can’t save this forcibly rhymed text. Piggy never learns to say no; she plans to play with her tormentors tomorrow.
Saying “no” to this piggy should be easy. (Picture book. 4-8)