Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review - Pigs

by Robert Munsch
illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Date: 1989
Publisher: Annick Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Megan is told to feed the pigs, but not to open the gate. She does of course, and the results are hilarious as the pigs help themselves to coffee and the newspaper at the breakfast table, follow Megan to school, and ride home by way of the school bus.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

It's fun to read some of these Robert Munsch books that were a little after my time (i.e., I was "too old" for picture books when they came out). I can't even recall hearing about Pigs, but it's pretty funny, with the repetition and amusing pictures that are the hallmark of Munsch/Martchenko collaborations.

I like the way Megan goes from tidy to dishevelled as the day wears on (well, she does get trampled by a herd of pigs a few times). I also like how, in one scene, one of the pigs is eating a book that appears to be a copy of Munsch's I Have to Go! How meta.

This would be a great addition to any Munsch collection.

Quotable moment:

Megan looked in the principal's window. There was a pig drinking the principal's coffee. A pig was eating the principal's newspaper. And a pig was peeing on the principal's shoe. The principal yelled, "Megan, get these pigs out of here!"

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.83 out of 5

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