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Title:
When you take a pig to a party
Author:
McLarey, Kristina Thermaenius.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
Summary:
Havoc ensues when Adelaide takes her usually well-behaved pet pig to a friend's birthday party.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 44439.
ISBN:
9780531302576

9780531332573
Format :
Book

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Sherman is the sweetest, best-behaved pig in the whole wide world. His owner, Adelaide, is positive that bringing him to Ethan's birthday party won't be any trouble at all. Then Marlon performs his magic act at the party, and Sherman -- and all hell -- begins to break loose. Before Adelaide and her friends know it, Sherman is running amuck in the neighborhood, tromping on peonies, swimming in pools, upsetting paint buckets, and disrupting tea parties. Only a yummy chocolate cake can get Adelaide's porcine friend to "Stop, Sherman! Stop!"


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. When Adelaide is invited to Ethan's birthday party, she decides to take her pet pig, Sherman. Adelaide and Sherman go everywhere together, and Sherman is usually well behaved. Unfortunately, the party is a little too civilized for the pig, who first lands in the peonies, then sets off on a wild romp through the neighborhood, disrupting everything in his path, with party goers in pursuit. The chase finally ends where it started, with exhausted guests sprawled on the lawn and Sherman happily scraping Ethan's birthday cake off his snout. The story has a rollicking momentum, propelled by neighbors' alliterative cries of alarm--" There's a pig in the pool!" "There's a pig in the parlor!" "There's a pig in our paint." Wunsch's appealing full-page paintings extend the funny chaos with uncluttered details and characters' clear expressions. The ending lacks the energy of the rest of the book, but the catastrophic chase story is still a natural for story hours. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Not to be confused with Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Pig a Pancake, this porcine parable shows, unsurprisingly and wordily, that social occasions and farm animals don't mix. The pig in question, Sherman, belongs to a girl named Adelaide, who takes Sherman to a friend's birthday party. At first everything is "dandy," but then Adelaide forgets to mind her pet. Sherman snacks on the host's peonies, and when Adelaide's friends chase him, he runs amok in the suburban setting. This prompts various ker-splats, ker-plunks and repeated cries of "Stop, Sherman, stop!" The McLareys, a mother/daughter team, place Sherman in alliterative situations; people announce, "There's a pig in the pool!" and "There's a pig in our pastry!" Wunsch (Spaceship Number Four) sets the antic events in a nondescript landscape of green lawns, gray houses and white picket fences. Sherman smiles throughout his mad dash and, predictably, winds up with his snout in the birthday cake. As madcap pig adventures go, this tale claims to be frantic but never whips up much energy--the garrulous narrative is unwieldy, and, conversely, there's too much restraint in the art. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Adelaide is sure she can trust her well-behaved pet pig, Sherman, to be good when she takes him to Ethan's birthday party-but she gets so caught up watching the magician that she doesn't notice the porker munching away on some flowers. Ethan's father's startled shout that "THERE'S A PIG IN OUR PEONIES!" frightens Sherman so that he takes off with all of the children in pursuit. The chase goes through several backyards and involves a swimming pool, a cat, a can of paint, a box of donuts, and a skateboard. Children will love joining in on the repeated refrain of "STOP, SHERMAN, STOP!" and will giggle at the ever-heightening hilarity. With childlike humor, Wunsch's gouache illustrations capture the silly spirit of the text and convey both Sherman's gleeful misbehavior and the bruised dignity of the chaos-stricken adults. A wordless double-page spread showing the porcine sailing through the air with the birthday cake impaled on his snout is a fitting climax to the fun. Children will surely giggle at the magician's rabbit flying beside him, a party blower in each ear. A surefire storytime hit.-Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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