When I saw this title I was happy! When I read the opening lines I was happier. But once I finished the book, I was the happiest of all! Today for Perfect Picture Book Friday, I am doing another Rick Walton book. I have already reviewed Once There Was A Bullfrog and you’ll find that review HERE.
Written by Rick Walton
Illustrated by Jimmy Holder
Gibbs Smith 2003 Ages 4-8
Themes: Compromise, Fairy Tales
Synopsis: (From Rick Walton’s website) When three brothers–Pig Pigger and Piggest–meet three sisters–Witch, Witcher, and Witchest–the union is, well, rather stormy. And it’s one that grows in increments, too, from big to bigger to biggest, in as many unusual ways as you can imagine. (Look at all the pictures carefully!)
Opening Lines: Once upon a time, there were three pigs: a big pig named Pig, a bigger pig name Pigger, and the biggest of the three name Piggest. They all lived in the castle of their father, the king.
One day their father called them in. “Pig,” he said, “when you were born you were a little pig. And Pigger, you were an even littler pig. And Piggest, you were the littlest of my dear, sweet, dirty babies. But now you are great big pigs. And this castle isn’t big enough for the four of us. It is time for you to go out and build homes of your own.”
“Oh, yay!” the pigs said. “Homes of our own!” And off went Pig, Pigger, and Piggest.
Resources:Activities, Compare Three Things, Descriptives/Comparatives/Superlatives Word List, Discussion Questions, Draw a Descriptive/Comparative/Superlative Picture, Find Comparatives and Superlatives in Your World, Can You Find the Following in Pig Pigger Piggest?, Nursery Rhymes About Pigs, Play Hink Pink, Tell Your Own Three Little Pigs Story, Write Your Own Superlative Story
Why I Like This Book: Pig Pigger Piggest is extremely and funny. The story kept me engaged all the way through and invited me back for rereads. I think Rick Walton is unbelievably great at writing stories that fit with school curriculum. Just look at he list of resources, and they’re all from his website. He cleverly uses Descriptives/Comparatives/Superlatives all the way through the story. “And soon he had a tall-wall, thick-brick castle of his very own. And soon he had a taller-wider, thicker-bricker castle of his very own. And soon he had the tallest-wallest, thickest-brickest castle of all.” The lively illustrations by Jimmy Holder are incredible and include funny details like: For Sale: Cheap Sheep, For Sale: Cheaper Sheeper, For Sale: Cheapest Sheepest in Kingdom. Read this book…if you wait one day you will be sorry. If you wait a week, you will be sorrier. If you wait longer, you will be the sorriest of all 🙂
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list.