Cover image for Oliver the Mighty Pig
Title:
Oliver the Mighty Pig
Author:
Van Leeuwen, Jean.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Oliver feels like the superhero Mighty Pig when he wears his Mighty Pig cape, but he finds that being a superhero in the real world has some complications.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
2.0.

350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 77954.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 42283.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780803728868
Format :
Book

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Summary

When Oliver gets a Mighty Pig cape for his birthday, he's thrilled.  As soon as he puts it on, he imagines he has incredible superpowers.  It takes his family a little longer to adjust, but soon Mother Pig has Oliver doing some rescue operations that look suspiciously similar to setting the table and emptying wastebaskets.  Then one morning Oliver discovers his cape is missing!

All beginning readers who have ever wished they were superheroes will delight in the humorous antics of one very determined pig.  With clever wit and simple vocabulary Jean Van Leeuwen has created another wonderful addition to her easy-to-read series, colorfully illustrated by Ann Schweninger.


Author Notes

Jean Van Leeuwen was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on December 26, 1937. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in the children's book department of a publisher. She is the author of more than 50 books including Timothy's Flower, Bound for Oregon, and the Oliver and Amanda series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. In his latest adventures in the Dial Easy-to-Read series, little pig Oliver receives a Mighty Pig cape for his birthday. Dressed like his favorite porcine superhero, Oliver feels tall and strong, able to fly and rescue the planet from various attackers: outer-space googleheads, a swarm of bees, and so on. Then Oliver stains his cape with juice, and while it's in the wash, he feels small and weak. When it's finally clean, Oliver flies off to save the world once again. There's more situation than story here, but Van Leeuwen's text is filled with lively dialogue and simple sentences that are just right for beginning readers, and many children will recognize the empowerment Oliver finds in his special object. The bright, uncluttered pictures on each page reinforce the meaning in the words and add layers of humor, particularly in scenes of Oliver's shrewd, cheerful mother as she convinces her young superhero that full trash baskets are actually menacing googleheads. An inviting choice. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Oliver gets a "real genuine Mighty Pig cape" for his birthday and, suddenly, he is unstoppable. With his extra-strong muscles and super powers, he rescues his toy cars, his stuffed animals, and even his sister from imaginary dangers. When his mother asks him to clean his room and set the table, he is too busy with superhero exploits to be interrupted, until she changes her wording and explains that she needs help with picking up heavy toys scattered by villains and replacing dishes cleared by dragons. Later, Oliver feels very weak when his cape is in the wash after a juice attack, but quickly recovers his abilities when it is clean and dry. Colorful half-page illustrations accompany the large-type, easy-to-read text. Children will delight in Oliver Pig's latest adventures.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.