Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies – where else? – on Old MacDonald’s Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, “Piggie Pie” adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.
This is an incredibly clever and funny book. The ending will have you laughing out loud as two infamous fairytale characters–a witch and a wolf–meet their match at Old MacDonald’s Farm. Gritch the Witch’s discovering Old MacDonald’s farm through the yellow pages (“Call EI-EI-O”) is a funny inclusion that serves as a first indication that this witch story that initially appears fairly traditional is actually a unique, memorable fractured fairytale.
<p>Margie Palatini is the author of many outrageously funny books for children, including <em>Piggie Pie!</em>, illustrated by Howard Fine; <em>Moosetache, Mooseltoe</em>, and the Bad Boys series, all illustrated by Henry Cole; <em>The Cheese</em>, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; <em>No Biting, Louise</em>, illustrated by Matthew Reinhart; and <em>Gorgonzola</em>, illustrated by Tim Bowers. She lives with her family in New Jersey.</p>
<b>BRUCE HALE</b> </b>is the author of <i>Snoring Beauty, </i>illustrated by Howard Fine, as well as the fifteen Chet Gecko mysteries. A popular speaker, teacher, and storyteller for children and adults, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.<br>www.brucehale.com