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John Pig's Halloween
Waldron, Jan L.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Too scared to go trick-or-treating, John Pig stays home on Halloween and has an unplanned party with some unexpected, monstrous guests.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 55168.
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All except one pig, that is. John Pig is too shy and scared to go trick-or-treating with his pals?Halloween makes him nervous. But then, with an odd crash landing, a small, pie-baking witch arrives. Her culinary delights soon attract a houseful of creepy characters who fortify John Pig with their friendly, well-meaning foolishness. After partying with this crowd, trick-or-treating seems like a piece of cake!Fans of the popular Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas will not be disappointed by Jan Waldron's rhythmic romp. It's perfect for children who are a bit afraid of Halloween and want to stay at home, as well as for those who love to go out and say ?Boo!? Bursting with silly swine in outrageous costumes, David McPhail's bright, zany illustrations are as touching and funny as ever.Jan Waldron is the author of the highly acclaimed Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas, which received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly and was called by USA Today ?the one children's book to buy this holiday season.' She has also written two nonfiction books for adults and has appeared on national television to promote them.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. For the many kids who don't want to dress up in a costume on Halloween, here's a book about a little pig who stays home. Spooked by his Halloween fears, John won't join his siblings trick-or-treating. He's home alone when a friendly, rather bossy witch and her cat appear at the window. She enlists John to prepare a feast for her monster friends, who arrive to party through the evening. Surprised to find himself enjoying his guests, John finds that time flies. Finally, he bids them good night, and welcomes his brothers and sisters home for a second celebration. The story is written in rhymed couplets that scan well and keep the momentum of the story going. McPhail's ink-and-watercolor illustrations will grab children's attention from the first page, in which John Pig cowers in the shadow of an armchair, to the last, in which he nestles all snug in his bed--while out the window the witch and her cat fly away. The pictures, which deftly portray the piglets as well as the monsters (who seem a little menacing even at their most cuddly) will please children at every turn of the page. A treat. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-John, a scaredy-cat pig, is afraid to go trick-or-treating with his friends and hides in the safety of his home until the front door starts creaking. A porcine witch appears, cooks up some treats, and soon his house is full of ghoulish beasts. While the guests eat and party, John gets in the groove, finding there's nothing to fear from this motley crew or Halloween. McPhail's watercolor-and-pen art extends and enriches the text. His expressive hallmark pigs demonstrate feelings children can easily identify with and his monsters are portrayed as fun-loving creatures. Waldron's rhymes, in the sometimes-strained style of the "Night Before Christmas," beg to be read aloud. While the writing is not as successful as in the author's Angel Pig (Dutton, 1997), this book has broad appeal for groups and individual reading.-Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.