Piggies
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DON AND AUDREY WOOD are the husband-and-wife creators of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling classic The Napping House, The Full Moon at the Napping House, Piggy Pie Po, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, a Caldecott Honor Book. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii. www.audreywood.com

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These inventive collaborators ( Heckedy Peg ; The Napping House ) have turned the simple subject of a child's hands into a unique combination of concept and fantasy. As each digit takes on the endearing persona of a ``piggy,'' the stage is set for a whimsical and thought-provoking jaunt. Two fat little piggies--thumbs which each support a rowdy rendering of a porker--stand alone on the opening spread and are soon joined (with a turn of the page) by other outstretched fingers and a cast of ``long,'' ``silly,'' ``smart'' and ``wee'' swine. The subjects are depicted in various states (``clean little piggies'' gambol amid frothy bubbles), until bedtime arrives and the irrepressible pigs ``skip down my tummy, dance on my toes, then run away and hide.'' Don Wood's subjects have a quirky charm--his vibrant palette is bolstered here by strong pinks, of pig and flesh tones. Although the text is slight, the pages harbor a wealth of visual detail worthy of repeated viewings. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)

PreS-K-- In an imaginative play on the fingers-and-toes game, a child's hands introduce two fat, two smart, two tall, two silly, and two wee piggies who cavort on fingertips. Personalities are established early, and children will have fun following a smart reading piggy and a fat eating piggy throughout the book. Belongings such as a teddy bear, balloon, and umbrella can be spotted from page to page, sometimes in out-of-the-way places. Large pages are a perfect backdrop for the antics, which are organized in a series of simple-phrase, double-spread contrasts of hot/cold, clean/dirty, and good--until bedtime when the naughty ones whisk down the tummy, dance on toes, then hide. Time to put them together for fat, smart, tall, silly, and wee goodnight kisses. But one smart piggy is still reading--by flashlight! All of this mischief is done up in oil and begins against a background of warm cream. Then bathing-suited piggies sizzle on bright yellow, snowball against cold blue, bubble up on squeaky-clean pink, squish in mud, behave their best on sky blue, then do their bedtime romp on darkening pages until the final kissing piggies are edged in moonglow. Brilliant colors and large pictures convey the humor to groups, while more subtle details of costume and trappings invite viewers to pore over the antics again and again. ``This little piggy . . . '' will never be the same. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library

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