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The big trip
Gorbachev, Valeri.
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
When Pig plans a trip, his friend Goat thinks of how dangerous it could be.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 77917.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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What could be more fun than a big trip?  Pig can't wait to go, but Goat is worried.  How will Pig get there?  Bicycles are unsteady, horses can throw you off.  Cars can break down and trains get stuck in tunnels.  A trip can be no vacation at all...but leave it to Pig to send Goat's worries packing and turn tricky travel into smooth sailing!

Valeri Gorbachev has brought his comic characters from Where is the Apple Pie? and One Rainy Day to another neighborly story of fun and friendship.

Author Notes

Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. When Pig tells his friend Goat that he's planning a trip, Goat asks, How will you go? Each time Pig proposes a different means of transportation, Goat suggests a new misadventure that might befall him: cars can break down, horses can be jumpy, donkeys are stubborn, and ships can fall prey to fog, storm, collision, sharks, pirates. When Pig becomes too scared to go anywhere, Goat tells him that the only way to go is with a friend. There's something of a fable in this little tale. Children will enjoy imagining the catalog of calamities, for even the grave outcomes are handled lightly, with a comic touch in both story and artwork. The reassuring conclusion will strike a chord with them as well. The illustrations, breezy ink drawings glowing with watercolor washes, add greatly to the fun. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Reprising the characters from Where Is the Apple Pie? and One Rainy Day, The Big Trip by Valeri Gorbachev is full of imagined adventures that ultimately take Pig nowhere. Each time Pig announces his mode of travel on the big trip he is planning, the bespectacled Goat dissuades him with stories of what might go wrong. If Pig rides a bike, Goat warns, he might fall off; if he boards a plane, the engine might stop. Gorbachev's watercolors of his supporting cast are as appealing as ever as they enter into or observe Pig's antics. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Gorbachev's amiable animal characters return, this time to discuss the perils of traveling. When Pig reveals his desire to take a big trip far away, Goat asks how he will get there. Unfortunately, for every wonderful mode of transportation that Pig suggests, Goat imagines some dire consequence. Pig could fall off a bike, get thrown by a jumpy horse, or be stuck in a dark railroad tunnel. Cars break down, plane engines fail, and ships encounter all sorts of dangers. Goat's musings reach a crescendo when he describes how Pig could end up on a deserted island and be forced to face a pirate invasion all alone. Poor Pig concludes that he should not go anywhere. Finally, Goat reveals his desire to be included by suggesting that big trips are less scary when you go with a friend. An upbeat ending and the charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations relieve some of the negative tension generated by the text; still, after such an overwhelming litany of potential disasters, it seems likely that Pig and Goat will just stay home.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.