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Contributor(s): Phelan, Matt
ISBN: 0062443399     ISBN-13: 9780062443397
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018
Annotation: "A pig experiences adversity but in the end enjoys a perfect summer day"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Pigs; Fiction.
Play; Fiction.
Summer; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016050279
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 9.75" W x 0.50" (0.86 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Seven round, rosy pigs enjoy an afternoon of tree-climbing, kite-flying, and eating. Then stormy weather highlights the primary difference between a "pignic" and a picnic: lots of mud. The simple story is also nicely unpredictable and satisfyingly dependent on the illustrations. Loose watercolor washes make the sun, wind, rain, and mud feel tangible, and hoorays abound until the adorable, happily filthy pigs return home at sunset. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
Seven round, rosy pigs of varying sizes leave their thatched-roof cottage with the essentials for a perfect afternoon. As the focus of the illustrations pulls back to reveal the whole expanse of the "pignic" area, watercolors in sunny-day hues provide a foreshadowing glimpse of a couple of other characters, including a green tortoise and a blue wolf. (The pigs are merrily oblivious.) One line of text per page keeps things simple for young readers, but the story is also nicely unpredictable and satisfyingly dependent on the illustrations to carry the plot. For instance, although the text reads, "Uh-oh," when the wolf creeps up, looking a bit menacing, to three pigs trying to fly a kite, the following page presents a different problem than readers might have anticipated: "No wind." The wolf proceeds to "huff and puff" the kite off the ground. After an afternoon of tree-climbing (abetted by the tortoise), kite-flying, and distribution of appropriate picnic foods (all starting with the letter p), the weather takes a dark and stormy turn, showing the primary difference between a "pignic" and a picnic. The perfect way to end the former, it transpires, is with enough bad weather to make a lot of mud. The loose washes of watercolors make the sun, wind, rain, and mud feel tangible, and hoorays abound until the adorable, happily filthy little pigs return home at sunset. julie roach Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 December #2)

What's the difference between a picnic and a pignic, aside from the latter's predominance of porcine participants? With the simplest of texts and lighthearted, luminous watercolors, Phelan (What Are You Waiting For?) lets readers find parallels between their own outdoor festivities and those of his characters. Both bring out the best in everyone—the episodic structure features a handful of "uh-oh" moments, which are neatly and cheerfully resolved (a blue wolf who seems intent on eating the piglets has a change of heart and uses his huffing and puffing to help them fly a kite). The pigs wait out a sudden rainstorm in a tight, soaked huddle—a meteorologically and emotionally evocative watercolor, rendered in stormy streaks of brown and gray—and perk up when they realize that they're left with a family-size mud puddle. "What a perfect day for a pignic!" concludes Phelan, as the happily muddied pigs head home. More than a few readers will wish that their own picnics could end in a similarly messy manner, and even more will adore the easygoing exuberance of Phelan's story. Ages 4–8. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

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

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.