Sometimes I look for books for my kids to make them think. Sometimes I choose them to help them learn facts. And sometimes, I want a book that’s just plain fun, which is why our copy of David McPhail’s Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is very well worn!
Do you love to read aloud to your little ones? Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is one of the best read alouds around. It begins ominously as the narrator hears strange noises (cue your mysterious voice) and then to his surprise—get your shocked voice ready!—he discovers that his house has been overrun by pigs. Even stranger, these pigs are not the normal barnyard kind of pigs, they’re skateboarding, oatmeal-making, half-dressed, royal pigs! The rhyming text makes the story flow easily and is so fun to share out loud with your kids.
The pigs have their fun until, in frustration over an exorbitant pizza bill, the narrator banishes them from his home. This isn’t the end, of course. The piggies plead to stay and the narrator relents, providing they clean up and help out. The story ends happily with everyone piled into bed, dreaming sweet porcine dreams.
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is a picture book that young children will enjoy, but even older children will find it funny. My nine year old will still stop and listen if I’m reading it to his little sister! The great language keeps this from being an ordinary picture book that loses its appeal as the reader ages. The details in the illustrations also make this a book that’s entertaining to look at as well as listen to or read.
Some days you just need a little silly, and Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is the perfect choice!