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Knopf, 1990 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Illus. in full color. "Mr. Piggott and his sons are a male chauvinist lot
who, outside of yelling for their dinner, don't exercise themselves much around
the house. When Mrs. Piggott finally tires of the endless chores that sandwich
her workday, she leaves the menfolk on their own, with a note saying, 'You are
pigs.' With the cooking and housework untended, they soon turn genuinely
porcine, a transformation Browne foreshadows with pig faces on the wallpaper,
vases, fireplace, phone. As in most of Browne's art, there is more than a touch
of irony and visual humor here. Fun to read aloud."-- "Bulletin, Center for
Children's Books.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Do you enjoy being hit over the head with a hammer? Do you identify with the woman on the cover, and do you feel a need to hit your family over the head with a hammer? If so, share this book with them ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hhaddad1 - LibraryThing

I loved this book. The story is about a family who does not appreciate their mother and everything she does. As the book progresses, the family members begin to turn into pigs and realize that they ... Read full review


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About the author (1990)

Anthony Browne is rightly regarded as one of the world's leading picturebook creators.  He lives in England with his wife and two children.  He has won awards in many countries, including the Kate Greenaway Medal of England for GORILLA and ZOO,  and the Kurt Maschler Award of Germany for GORILLA.  His inspiration for GORILLA came from a combination of things -- a greeting card he'd designed of a huge macho gorilla holding a teddy bear, a very lonely boy he knew whose father lived in New Zealand, his own fascination with gorillas.  The behavior of a real family provided the idea for PIGGYBOOK (not his own, however!)  When the book was completed, he presented the family with a copy, without comment.  But they didn't see any relevance to themselves!  

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