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Pig enough
Bynum, Janie.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Harcourt, Inc. : San Diego, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Willie is a social animal, so although he is a guinea pig, he decides to join the Pig Scouts.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 71625.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Willy isn't your ordinary pig. He's a guinea pig. But that doesn't stop him from joining Pig Scouts so he can "Be all a pig can be."
The other pigs in his troop laugh and tell him he'll never be a real pig, but Willy knows better. He's brave enough, he's smart enough, and he'll show them all he's pig enough!
Janie Bynum's touching story of the odd pig out will win readers' hearts and leave them laughing--no matter what species they may be.

Author Notes

JANIE BYNUM has illustrated several children's books, including Too Big, Too Small, Just Right by Frances Minters and her own Altoona Baboona and Altoona Up North. She lives in Michigan.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Even though the other pigs snicker, guinea pig Willy thinks he is pig enough to join Pig Scouts. A mean-spirited fellow scout named Peyton leads the others in chanting, Willy, Willy, don't be silly! You'll never be a pig! But Peyton is soon chanting a different tune when he is teamed with Willy for a hike, and Willy's guinea pig behaviors get them out of a jam. By story's end the Pig Scouts are chanting, Willy, Willy, not-so-silly, you're really pig enough! Decorated with spirited watercolor illustrations, this uplifting story conveys some nice messages about believing in oneself and accepting differences. --Lauren Peterson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Willy, the winsome, tubby little guinea pig star here, can't seem to find his niche. He flubs his lines in plays and is a flop at baseball, but takes heart when he sees the sign, "Be all a pig can be! Join pig scouts today!" That is, until the other (real) pigs scorn this diminutive furry imposter. "You don't look like a pig to me!" says big porker Peyton, to which Willy bravely replies, "B-b-but, I'm a guinea pig.... and I'm pig enough!" Any child who has felt like an outsider can relate to his predicament, and appreciate his resilient attitude-and rather adorably watercolored self. Bynum (Altoona Baboona) excels at garnering sympathy for this clothed rodent who navigates universal scenarios. For instance, a bird's eye-view shows Willy onstage as a small, spotlighted figure with paws covering his speechless mouth. But the writing is less assured. The story travels a predictable path, as Willy proves his worth to the herd when his night vision, digging and whistling skills save Peyton's bacon after a fall into a dark hole. An odd opening line and an irritating recurring chant ("Willy, Willy, don't be silly! You'll never be a pig!") also detract from the upbeat message. Nonetheless, Bynum's endearing artwork characterizes even the pig oppressors as sympathetic, making this lesson in acceptance a gentle one. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Poor Willy. The little guinea pig wants to join Pig Scouts, but as he lines up with the larger porcine candidates, they taunt, "Willy, Willy, don't be silly. You'll never be a pig." He tries to ignore the laughter and protests that he's pig enough-guinea pig, that is. But scouting is a disaster, from a too-big uniform to falling into a deep dark hole on a camping trip. When the flashlight goes out, he and Peyton, the biggest bully of all, are trapped inside the cave alone. Now Willy has the opportunity to prove that his special skills can be useful. Although the ending is a bit pat with the underdog (or pig) saving the day, Bynum's tongue-in-cheek humor and comical characters make for a clever romp through the territory of childhood teasing and bullying. The witty watercolors are sure to elicit laughs.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.