A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea

40p. 978-1-41697-922-7.
RedReviewStarK-Gr 3 An omniscient narrator explains why a pig parade is not the great idea that one might think it is. Who knew? These barnyard animals hate to march (preferring, inappropriately, to snuffle); flat out refuse to wear majorette uniforms; don't care about building floats ("the only floats pigs care about are root beer floats"); and prefer sad country music ballads to "good, spirited marching band music." Bold, full-color acrylic illustrations, painterly in their texture, hilariously extend the wacky premise with witty details (bungee cords secure the pigs' ill-fitting majorette uniforms) and varied perspectives (a pig snout snuffles for leftovers in a larger-than-life close-up). The story's conclusion, that "a panda bear parade, on the other hand, would be fantastic," is just as silly and arbitrary. The tongue-in-cheek tone of the text coupled with the large-scale illustrations and generous trim size make this a surefire storyhour read-aloud that will elicit laughter and cheers of delight.-"Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
This tongue-in-cheek book explains why an orderly pig parade, featuring a spiffy, disciplined marching band, could never happen. Pigs, for example, "prefer to snuffle" instead of marching upright; they enjoy country, not marching-band music; and they refuse to don majorette uniforms. Hawkes's large acrylic illustrations make the most of the joke, zooming in on scenes of messy, disorderly porcine behavior.

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