June 23, 2018

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Pignic by Matt Phelan | SLJ Review

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redstarPHELAN, Matt. Pignic. illus. by Matt Phelan. 32p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062443397.

PreS-Gr 1 –A family of jovial pigs take advantage of the sunny weather by hosting a picnic. With a basket of food, they trundle from their cottage to the meadow, where several minor disasters strike. One pig gets stuck while climbing a tree, but a friendly tortoise assists. Phelan delightfully subverts expectations: a menacing wolf huffs and puffs…and helps the pigs’ kite become airborne. And rain doesn’t end the pals’ wonderful day; it just gives them another fun activity: wallowing in the mud. The buoyant text is spare, with no more than a sentence per page, and the straightforward story is perfect for short attention spans. Soft, fuzzy illustrations depict cherubic, rosy-cheeked pigs having a wonderful time. Though the story is as simple as can be, Phelan’s attention to background details is inspired and the composition and pacing are superb. VERDICT A stellar offering for the younger set, whether shared in storytime or read one-on-one.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2018 issue.

Mahnaz Dar About Mahnaz Dar

Mahnaz Dar (mdar@mediasourceinc.com) is Reference and Professional Reading Editor for Library Journal and School Library Journal and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

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