Friday, May 29, 2015

Poetry Friday -- Probably Not Poetry, But a Darn Cute Rhyming Book



What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig
by Emma J. Virján
Harper, 2015
review copy provided by the publisher

So many rhyming animals (up to and including a panda in a blouse) join the pig on her boat that she finally sends them all away, which leaves her blissfully, and then forlornly, alone. Until...surprise ending!

A book with not too many words needs to have interesting pictures that help the reader and add to the story, like when the goat on the log performs a balancing act, or when the rat trades its top hat for a swimming cap when pig sends them all off the boat. And not only does this book have a pig in a wig, it has lots of hidden pig snout shapes to look for.

This book is kid-tested and kid-approved. With no prompting, kindergarteners began rhyming along with the book (although they did have to ask what a blouse was). And they loved the author's picture (she's wearing a drawn-on red wig and a pig nose).

Looking forward to more books in this fun series!

Margaret has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Reflections on the Teche. Next week we'll start building the July-December schedule!


12 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun. Must look for it!! Oink!

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  2. "panda" and "blouse" must be a slant rhyme ;-)
    Sounds like a fun book! I like the cover.

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  3. I'm intrigued by this silly premise. Looks like a fun word romp!

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  4. So cute. Hidden pig snouts? That's clever.

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  5. If a book can make a new reader laugh, then it's a success to my way of thinking. I will need to order a copy for the library!

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  6. Looks and "sounds" great, Mary Lee, just right for my kindergarten granddaughter!

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  7. Anonymous6:42 AM

    Any book that kids start rhyming along with on their own is a winner. Thanks for sharing, Mary Lee!

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  8. Off to add this to my list of requests from the library. I love that my blogger friends keep me in touch with the world of picture books!

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  9. How charming-I'll have to look for this at our library.

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  10. I got this book last week too. Threw it in my bag to take to school and forgot about it (which maybe tells you something about the condition of my bag). I need to dig it out and read it to some kindergarteners on Monday!

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  11. This book sounds like a surefire way to get kids giggling! Love the "find the snout" component.

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  12. I'll definitely need to check this out!

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