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Pigs in a Pickle

Written by Hans Wilhelm & illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Published by Chronicle Books
4.0 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.5 / 5.0
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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.

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The three little pigs from Pigs in a Blanket are back for more fun in this silly interactive board book with a positive message!

These three little pigs are ready for anything—especially having fun. But, whoops! Sometimes the pigs’ day doesn’t go as planned. That’s OK! No matter what the oopsie, the pigs keep going, always staying positive and landing on their teensy feet!

• A positive message about perseverance told in clever rhyming, easy-to-follow text • Fun and interactive book for family story time • Hans Wilhelm has written and illustrated over 200 books for children and adults including the popular Guess Which Hand and Pigs in a Blanket.

For children who love barnyard animals, Peppa Pig, Perfect Piggies!, and Tickle the Pig, Pigs in a Pickle will warm hearts and inspire confidence.

A fun and simple book about overcoming challenges for preschoolers and toddlers.

• Books for kids ages 0–3 • Interactive and fun • Read-aloud bedtime book

What Kind of Book is Pigs in a Pickle

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • 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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Who Wrote Pigs in a Pickle

Hans Wilhelm

Hans Wilhelm is a widely published author and illustrator of over 200 books. He lives in Weston, Connecticut.

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Who Illustrated Pigs in a Pickle

Erica Salcedo

Erica Salcedo is the illustrator of Pigs in a Blanket. She lives in Cuenca, Spain.

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March 3, 2020

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