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Mr. Pig’s Big Wall

Random. Feb. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524772062.
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PreS-Gr 1–A chatty little blue tortoise annoys gardening addict Mr. Pig with her insistence on helping. His solution: “a Big Wall to keep you OUT!” The wall is so immense that his beloved flowers perish from lack of light. Little Tortoise, determined to bring him sunshine in the form of a yellow flower, creates a balloon delivery system. When she pulls the lone posy before heading to the wall’s top, a breach in the bricks creates an expanding crack that allows the youngster to save the grump from falling. At the end, the pair garden together in bright light: “And that was just fine with Mr. Pig.” Video game designer Hernandez stimulates with jewel-tone illustrations, and alternating geometric and flowing lines.
VERDICT This works well as a simple tale or could be expanded for loftier discussion. Recommened for large picture book collections.

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