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The Resource What this story needs is a pig in a wig, Emma J. Virjan

What this story needs is a pig in a wig, Emma J. Virjan

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What this story needs is a pig in a wig
Title
What this story needs is a pig in a wig
Statement of responsibility
Emma J. Virjan
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Illustrations and rhyming, easy-to-read text introduce an increasing, then decreasing, cast of characters sharing a boat in a moat with a pig in an enormous wig
Member of
Tone
Illustration
Award
Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Beginning Fiction, 2016.
Review
  • Toddler-PreS — With its engaging word families and rhyming text, this circular narrative will delight fans of Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins, 2005) and Mo Willems's "Elephant and Piggy" books (Hyperion). A pig in a wig is on a boat in a moat, where she picks up a frog, a dog, and a goat on a log. More animals are added to the mix, until Pig declares, "Hey!/It's getting crowded/in here,/don't you think?/Off of this boat/before we all sink!" One by one they disembark until she is the only one left on the boat. A spread in muted blue tones enforces the mood as readers view Pig all alone in her tiny boat. She realizes that she would rather have all her friends with her, so as the text states, "What this story needs now is…" a bigger boat appears that will hold everyone. Crisp, vibrant drawings are rendered in charcoal and painted digitally, creating an intensity that will draw children to the story. The composition is creative, with pig-themed elements appearing throughout: pink snouts cover the endpapers, a pig pulls part of a boat onto the title page, and the back cover shows Pig and her friends peeking over the jacket flap as she says, "Hey, Let's Play!" VERDICT This is a charming story to share one-on-one or in a storytime.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI --Melissa Smith (Reviewed May 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 5, p80)
  • /* Starred Review */ In a story with echoes of Seuss and Willems, Virján (Nacho the Party Puppy ) offers a very funny lesson about the unreliability of narrators. “What this story needs,” the unseen narrator declares, “is a pig.” Fair enough: the pig, pink and drawn in a naÃóve cartoon style, appears in a spotlight. When the narrator decrees that the pig don a red bouffant wig and climb in a boat in a moat “with a frog,/ a dog,/ and a goat on a log,” the pig goes along with the plan, though it’s clear dubiousness is setting in. But when the narrator keeps adding so many rhyming characters and objects that it imperils everyone on board the tiny pink ship, the pig finally speaks up. “Hey!” she calls out, “It’s getting crowded in here, don’t you think?/ Off of this boat before we all sink!” Taking control of the narration, the pig sends the other animals packing, but the final scene sets things right while tipping its hat to a classic line from Jaws . Ages 4–8. Agent: Edite Kroll, Edite Kroll Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 2, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 09, p)
  • One pig, one boat, and a lot of passengers add up to one hilarious voyage. The opening spread presents one pink pig under a spotlight. Her beady eyes look right at the reader as she says, "What this story needs is a pig." Apparently a pig is not enough—the story needs a pig in a wig, an oversized red wig. So begins this over-the-top rhyming romp of a pig in a boat, in a moat, with a frog and a dog and a goat (on a log—in the boat!). Soon a rat, an elephant, a skunk, a house, a mouse, and a panda threaten to sink the little pink rowboat, forcing the pig to send some of the critters packing. Bright, saturated digital colors are the order of the day, adding extra humor to the tale. Easy rhymes make the story simple to predict and memorize for new readers, and the bright white typeface is clear on the dark backgrounds. Carefully chosen, easily decoded words ensure that beginning readers will find instant success here. The slowly filling boat and ridiculous situation add to the fun. Observant readers will enjoy finding the pig snouts drawn on the boat's prow and hidden in many of the spreads. Even the endpapers are filled with them. There's not much of a story here, but a boatload of giggles will keep children returning for more easy-to-read fun. (Early reader. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10415901
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Virján, Emma J
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 4-8
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -2
  • -1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A pig in a wig book
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Storytelling
  • Boats and boating
  • Animals
  • Children's stories
  • Storytelling
  • Boats and boating
  • Animals
  • Children's stories
  • Stories in rhyme
Target audience
juvenile
Label
What this story needs is a pig in a wig, Emma J. Virjan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000055098238
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume of unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780062327246
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)908994415
Label
What this story needs is a pig in a wig, Emma J. Virjan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000055098238
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume of unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780062327246
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)908994415

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