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McNaughton, Colin.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
While on vacation at the beach, Preston Pig meets Maxine and experiences his first crush.
Reading Level:
AD 30 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 46602.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 1 Quiz: 24655 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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After Preston Pig bumps-- Oomph! --into the lively Maxine, he knows that his vacation at the beach is going to be the best ever. Together Preston and his brand-new friend enjoy all sorts of beachy activities, much to the dismay of Mr. Wolf, whose accident-filled getaway is keeping him from his favorite activity--trying to eat Preston!
A winning addition to the popular Preston Pig series, this playful, witty story of summer fun and young porcine love will have readers laughing all the way to the beach.

Author Notes

Colin McNaughton was born on May 1, 1951 in Britain. He is the writer and illustrator of over 70 children's books. He studied graphic design at the Central School of Art and Design in London. He then went on to earn his MA in illustration at the Royal College of Art which is when he published his firat book. His picture books have comic -strip techniques that make them unique.

McNaughton's books include the Preston Pig series: Suddenly!, Boo!, Clops!, Goal!, Hmm... and Shh (Don't Tell Mister Wolf!) all of which feature Preston Pig and his clever escapes from Mr Wolf. A TV series was later developed from these books. One of his notable books is, There's an Awful Lot of Weirdos in Our Neighbourhood, which is a collection of poetry written with Allan Ahlberg.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Preston Pig makes another appearance, once again dogged by the tenacious Mr. Wolf. Preston and his parents head off for a week at the beach, where Preston literally bumps into a little porker named Maxine. When Preston says his nose hurts, Max "kisses it better." So starts a fabulous friendship that sees the two of them surfing and sunning, with a playful subtext: Will Max kiss Preston's nose again? Meanwhile, Mr. Wolf lurks in the background, trying to have a little fun and grab some pork. The sunny art with plenty of ocean greens and skies of blues has immediate appeal, as does the sweet, silly text. Unlike McNaughton's previous books, this one puts Mr. Wolf's shenanigans behind the main action, so it will take slightly older children to appreciate the simultaneous stories as well as the many asides that appear as balloon text. Fans of Preston will certainly be pleased. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Preston Pig is spending a week at the beach, where he runs into Maxine ("Oomph!"). After she kisses his bumped nose to make it better, he develops a crush on her. The two dig a hole, explore the pools, and go sailing together. A wily wolf constantly lurks in the background, getting into scrapes of his own ("Oomph!"). After several offers by Maxine to "kiss it better," the line wears thin on Mr. Wolf ("Gag!" he thinks, observing them). The pastel hues of the illustrations will make readers feel as if they are on the beach with the love-struck piglets. However, the earlier "Preston Pig" books are stronger in plot and child appeal, making this an additional purchase.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.