Mrs Pig is going out, and the three little pigs don't want her to go! But they're not being left with a strange pigsitter--only Mr Pig, who promises to get them into bed nice and early. Will he manage it before Mrs Pig comes home?
"PreS. When Mom's away, the kids will play. In this case, it's Mrs. Pig who heads out for an evening, leaving her children home with their dad. Many young listeners will identify with the pandemonium that follows. Although Dad keeps telling the three kids that it's almost bedtime, he allows "one more" pillow fight, a few more television shows on the Piglet network, and other assorted activities. Dad eventually falls asleep, and the chaos increases, including the taking of a few photos of Dad snoring. But when Mother's heels come clicking up the walk, Dad gets the kids in bed in a hurry. The ending, with its reverse psychology, will probably mean more to parents than to children: Mom praises Dad for his efforts, even though she can see remnants of the chaos. Despite this adult addendum, there are plenty of fun and games for kids to enjoy, and the ebullient pen-and-watercolor pictures capture every spark of humor. For larger libraries. IleneCooper."
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
""Dear, oh dear," thinks Mrs. Pig as she leaves her three tearful, bereft piglets in Daddy's charge and embarks on a clearly well-deserved night out. But the seemingly despondent offspring recover quickly-after all, when Mum's away, Daddy is easy prey. In short order, they gain his permission to have numerous pillow fights, watch far too much on the Piglet channel (while their father catnaps), and in general, wreak havoc on the house, until Mr. Pig hustles them off to bed just as they hear Mrs. Pig's shoes "crunching up the gravel path." A series of spot illustrations captures the modest mayhem as the trio flails pillows and feathers scatter everywhere; successive spreads document the growing clutter in the living room. This paper-over-board book depicts a familiar slice of domestic life-right down to Mom letting Dad off the hook at the end (she declines to point out to her spouse that her now-sleeping children are still dressed in their day clothes). But Asquith's (Babies, Ball!) deadpan humor and crisp British prose rhythms inject a freshness and spriteliness to the proceedings: "Mrs. Pig looked around. She saw lots of feathers. She saw a large pile of drawings, including some interesting ones of Mr. Pig, apparently asleep." Young's (A Summery Saturday Morning) sprightly watercolor-and-ink pictures bubble with the piglets' unfettered freedom and mischievousness. The premise may be an oldie, but this team turns it into a goodie. Ages 4-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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