Pigs in a Pickle
Pigs in a Pickle

Pigs in a Pickle

Written by Hans Wilhelm & illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Physical book
2 - 4
Reading age
Page count
Mar 3, 2020
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A positive message that mistakes aren’t failures is diminished by average rhymes and illustrations.

Wilhelm’s pigs have returned in this parody reminiscent of the classic nursery rhyme This Little Piggy with almost every page beginning with “This little piggy,” followed by a fun activity. The pigs are enjoying their day of fun as they build a sandcastle on the beach, spin around on the playground roundabout, play a game of soccer, sing a song, and practice magic. When something doesn’t go according to plan and the pigs end up in a pickle—like when a piggy forgets the magic words to the spell, sings the wrong note, or breaks a toy car—the pigs work together to try again and “give their best shot.” While the text is rhyming and has a good message, the cadence is lacking, with lines that fluctuate with inconsistent syllables throughout. The illustrations of the pigs are plain and simple and, though playful, not endearing, with the short shirts showing pig bellies and repetitive use of facial expressions. The story ends with the wise words that “sometimes it works . . . and sometimes it does not,” reinforcing the positive message that even when someone messes up, it’s okay—no piggie is perfect.

What Kind of Book is Pigs in a Pickle


perseverancepigssocial themesfeelings and emotionsplayinganimalsfirst concepts

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  • The pigs keep trying and don't give up when things don't always work out. How can you be like the pigs and not give up? What things could you work on or try again?
  • The pigs try out a variety of activities. Have you tried any of the activities in the book? Did you have to try a few times at some of them?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 3, 2020
Chronicle Books
Page Count
Reading Age
2 - 4 years

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