Goodnight, Sweet Pig

Goodnight, Sweet Pig

Book - 2007
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A rhyming bedtime book about counting ten pigs in a bedroom.
Publisher: Toronto ; Tonawanda, N.Y. : Kids Can Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781553378440
Branch Call Number: E BAILEY
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Masse, Josée


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Apr 02, 2015

One little pig was trying to sleep, but one flamboyant pig after another intrudes into her room and adds chaos and noise until we have added up to ten pigs in the room. Poor little pig cannot sleep. She asks everyone to leave so she can sleep. The pigs count backwards from ten as they leave the room and the little pig in peace for a good night's sleep.

The illustrations are created in acrylic. They are colorful, interesting and nicely detailed.

Top points for creativity in this story, but I could not enjoy it to the fullest for a couple of reasons. One, the rhyming was very forced in some places. "The other pigs were badly shook--for pigs are nicer than they look." Another issue was the vocabulary. This is a counting book for ages 2-5, but it includes words such as trotters (meaning pig feet), a Bengal Lancer and references to Shakespeare. I expect these to go completely over the little ones heads. And for a bedtime story this book is very active! The pigs come and in and take over the room, making a mess of it until the poor little pig is crouched in the corner in distress. Not quite the peaceful sort of book one expects at bedtime. I do appreciate that the pigs clean up after themselves before leaving.

I would not recommend reading this at bedtime, but it may be an especially interesting book for a group read when extreme silliness is quite appreciated.


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