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The tale of Gilbert Alexander Pig
Cresp, Gael.
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Publication Information:
New York : Barefoot Beginners, 2000.

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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Based on the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs and inspired by the career of Motown jazz trumpeter Gil Askey; the story of the bravely determined Gilbert Alexander Pig is one of courage, conflict resolution and the power of music.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 35601.
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Based on the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs and inspired by the legendary career of Texan jazz trumpet player, Gil Askey, this fairy tale is a highly entertaining story of courage, conflict resolution, and the power of music. Full-color illustrations.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Gilbert Alexander must be a relative to the three little pigs. With his trumpet in his trotter, he heads to the country to eat fish and camp out until a wolf threatens to knock down his shelter and blow the trumpet himself. The wolf follows Gilbert to a stick hut and then a building in the city. Finally, Gilbert and the wolf decide they'd better work out an agreement: they'll share the fishing and cooking, camp out in the summer, live in the mountain hut in the fall, and Gilbert will play his horn; in bad weather, they'll move to the city, and Gilbert will teach the wolf how to blow. This isn't an especially clever takeoff, but it has a nice, warm feeling. The pen-and-watercolor art, reminiscent of Quentin Blake's in its more sedate moments, is fun, though the book's design is choppy. Larger libraries will want to consider this for purchase. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

An Australian team introduces a trumpet-playing oinker and a wolf that not only wants a pork dinner but a chance to blow his horn. Gilbert takes off to see the wide world, progressing from a tent made out of calico to a twig hut. He fishes by day and plays his trumpet "to the stars." But the Wolf dogs his footsteps, threatening to eat him up and take his trumpet ("There was no way that Gilbert Alexander Pig was going to let the Wolf get his paws or his lips on that trumpet!"). Thus Gilbert ends up in the city, in a brick house he builds thanks to the proceeds from gigs at cafes and nightclubs. Readers may be mystified by the fellow's change of heart: when the Wolf shows up at his urban dwelling, Gilbert tells him, "We need to talk about this." They draw up an agreement, and soon the two are camping and fishing together while Gilbert plays a nightly serenade. The story's subtext (Gilbert is black and the Wolf is white) will likely be lost on young readers, and the meandering narrative and sudden change in the characters' behavior may also leave youngsters behind. Cox's (Tin Lizzy and Little Nell) pen-and-wash illustrations, however, sketched in a flurry of lines and featuring sprightly characterizations, maintain a light touch. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-A familiar tale with a modern twist. Gilbert A. Pig leaves home with his trumpet. Settling by a stream in a simple tent, the little black pig enjoys fresh fried fish and playing music until-a big white Wolf tries to steal his instrument and chases him off to the mountain. He creates a home of twigs and branches, eats fish, and plays his trumpet until-the wolf appears again and chases him off to the city. Of course, it's time for a brick house. Gilbert is an enlightened pig. After proving his ability to protect himself, he and the wolf agree to work together, sign a contract, and peacefully coexist, sharing all three abodes and their love of the trumpet. Cresp uses a traditional tale "to explore life at the end of the twentieth century." She incorporates themes of cooperation, the joys of the simple life, the love of music, creating a safe haven in the city, and conflict resolution. The appealing watercolor illustrations accented with pen and ink are a bit busy but definitely add to the fun. A pleasant read-aloud that can be enjoyed on many different levels.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.