What This Story Needs Is a Bang and a Clang

illus. by Emma J. Virján. 40p. (A Pig in a Wig). HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2017. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780062415301.
PreS-Gr 1—The pig in a wig is back in this latest installment of the early reader series featuring the porcine protagonist with a red beehive hairdo. The industrious porker is building an outdoor stage while animal musician friends gather for a performance by the Pig in a Wig Band. During rehearsal, a mouse comes along with his French horn, and there's "a startle, a jump, an EEK, and a SHRIEK!" and the band is suddenly in disarray. Pig in a Wig insists that the story must get back on track. Order is restored, and all's well that ends well, with an appreciative audience clapping for the band. Colorful illustrations with a heavy black outline and text in a large, black serif font will be accessible for young readers. Rhythm and rhyme are maintained throughout. The climax and resolution will reassure beginning readers, who will likely want an encore.
VERDICT Another solid choice for early reader shelves.

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