Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Pigs Love Potatoes

Pigs Love Potatoes

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
ISBN: 9780399240362
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Sunny yellow endpapers dotted with spuds, piggy #1 with his tummy sticking out below a too-small tee shirt, piggy #2 wearing wire-rimmed glasses and reading a book, and piggy #3 in a tutu: what’s not to like about this bouncy rhyming/counting book? Okay, okay - Mom pig does all the cooking (the little pigs help) while Dad comes home from work (briefcase in hoof) and loafs around with a tall cool drink. But the porch swing is so red, the picket fence is so white, and the flowery wallpaper is so...flowery: it’s got to be a throwback to the cozy ‘40s, and who knows...maybe pigs still live in that pre-cholesterol world where a whole stick of butter can appear on the first page and disappear (presumably down the hatch) on the last. The acrylic paintings are as luminous and light-infused as watercolors and the text scans reasonably well. All in all, a storyhour candidate that’s as satisfying as a boiled potato before bed.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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