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The good little bad little pig
Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books For Children, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Peter's wish comes true when he gets a little pet pig who is sometimes good and sometimes bad.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 65035.
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Angola Public Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Lake Shore Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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When a little boy named Peter asks his mother for a pet pig, he's in for a few surprises. But no matter how dirty, messy, noisy, or stubborn his unusual pet is-she's always perfect in Peter's eyes. Margaret Wise Brown is the renowned author of Goodnight Moon, Love Songs of the Little Bear, My World of Color, Robin's Room, and Mouse of My Heart. Dan Yaccarino is the celebrated author and illustrator of several books for children, including the Blast Off Boy and Blorp series. He is also the creator of Oswald, a popular animated television series.

Author Notes

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia.

In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny.

Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Published for the first time as a standalone, this story from Brown's 1939 collection, The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile, features a boy who understands that creatures are never all good or all bad, but good and bad all at once a reassuring message for small children. When Peter tells his mother that he wants a "good little bad little pig," she admits she has never heard of such a thing, but agrees to try to find one. Yaccarino's (Unlovable) gouaches both date and update the tale, supplying Leave It to Beaver clothes for Peter's parents and kidney-shaped furniture for their living room. The characters' resemblance to playthings reinforces Peter's upbeat, positive approach. Once the pig is delivered, Peter's mother says that it is dirty and Peter's father does not like the way it runs around the house squealing. "Remember," Peter admonishes them, "this is a good little bad little pig." Peter takes charge of everything, feeding and bathing his pet by himself; he soon convinces his parents that the pig is malleable after all. "Sometimes the little pig was good and sometimes he was bad," the story ends, "but he was the very best pig any boy ever had." Peter and his barnyard pet make engaging, low-key heroes, especially in the incongruous suburban setting; younger children may well identify with the porcine hero, with its mix of angel and imp, and make this a favorite. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-There is a reason Brown has name recognition-she had a way with words. Who else could take a silly little premise, a boy wants a pig, "Not too little/And not too big/Not too good/And not too bad-/The very best pig/Any boy ever had," and turn it into a sweet little story? The narrative flows naturally, it has sound effects ("Squeeee ump ump ump") and even depth-the boy is enamored with his pig despite its volatile behavior. The retro style of the illustrations is just right for this old-fashioned, simple tale. The art is sophisticated and stylized and yet exudes an innocent charm. The use of white space is masterful. Coupled with a smooth use of color, this technique helps create a clean-cut look. Interior spaces have patterned backdrops, checks, stripes, and plaids that add to the 1950s' ambience.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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