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My local coffee shop has a bookshelf. It's a place where regulars drop off books they've read or pick up books to take home and read. One day while I was enjoying my morning bear claw I saw a copy of Pigsty by Mark Teague. Since children's books are rare on the bookshelf and kids come in frequently, I read the book and left it on the shelf.
Wendell Flutz's room is a mess. It's gotten so bad that his mother has refused to clean it. That's fine with Wendell; he'd rather just leave things as they are. Unfortunately as it gets too messy it gets mistaken for a pigsty and pigs move into his room!
I normally adore Mark Teague's books. He has a lovely retro, 1940s style of illustration. This one though didn't quite work for me. The moral seems too forced and Teague's paintings just can't improve this heavy handed story.
Comment #1: Tuesday, May, 4, 2010 at 23:31:52
This looks wonderful! A great book possibly teaching manners without being too pushy? I love the illustrations too! Thanks for sharing!
Comment #2: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 22:36:33
The manners are taught by example but are a minor piece of the book. It's really more about the ups and downs of moving to a new town.
Comment #3: Thursday, May, 6, 2010 at 13:39:43
Definitely still thinking it sounds very cute and I'm going to have to try and find it. Thank you!
Comment #4: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 18:00:33
Absolutely. You really can't go wrong with a book illustrated by Mark Teague or written by Cynthia Rylant.