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One minute, the narrator of this cleverly rhyming romp is quietly reading. The next minute, pigs descend upon his house in every imaginable getup, by every available means, from every possible place--even "Pigs from France" and "Pigs just in their underpants." What results is lovable porcine mayhem and a pizza pig-out! * "A must for all picture-book collection."--School Lib One minute, the narrator of this cleverly rhyming romp is quietly reading. The next minute, pigs descend upon his house in every imaginable getup, by every available means, from every possible place--even "Pigs from France" and "Pigs just in their underpants." What results is lovable porcine mayhem and a pizza pig-out! * "A must for all picture-book collection."--School Library Journal, starred review * "McPhail presents a magnificent group of porkers, whose capacity for costumes and capers is truly wondrous . . . Kids will find this a very good book indeed."--Booklist, starred review * "This is McPhail at his whimsical best."--Publishers Weekly, starred review A Booklist Children's Editors' Choice


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One minute, the narrator of this cleverly rhyming romp is quietly reading. The next minute, pigs descend upon his house in every imaginable getup, by every available means, from every possible place--even "Pigs from France" and "Pigs just in their underpants." What results is lovable porcine mayhem and a pizza pig-out! * "A must for all picture-book collection."--School Lib One minute, the narrator of this cleverly rhyming romp is quietly reading. The next minute, pigs descend upon his house in every imaginable getup, by every available means, from every possible place--even "Pigs from France" and "Pigs just in their underpants." What results is lovable porcine mayhem and a pizza pig-out! * "A must for all picture-book collection."--School Library Journal, starred review * "McPhail presents a magnificent group of porkers, whose capacity for costumes and capers is truly wondrous . . . Kids will find this a very good book indeed."--Booklist, starred review * "This is McPhail at his whimsical best."--Publishers Weekly, starred review A Booklist Children's Editors' Choice

30 review for Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    A man's home is inexplicably invaded by pigs. This might be a fun read-aloud, though I enjoyed the artwork more than the story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Taking a quick, unscientific inventory of my favorite childhood books, I definitely favored realistic fiction and folk tales. Not pigs with attitude and no manners. And yet, Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore is a classic in my memory. Perhaps it was the adorable illustrations or the lyric rhyme that carries the story from beginning to end. Whatever the reason, I know I made my mom read it to me countless times. Reading it now myself, I can't help but analyze it with the eyes of a teacher-in-training, tur Taking a quick, unscientific inventory of my favorite childhood books, I definitely favored realistic fiction and folk tales. Not pigs with attitude and no manners. And yet, Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore is a classic in my memory. Perhaps it was the adorable illustrations or the lyric rhyme that carries the story from beginning to end. Whatever the reason, I know I made my mom read it to me countless times. Reading it now myself, I can't help but analyze it with the eyes of a teacher-in-training, turning it inside out for possible focus skills and literary elements. But in the end, the charm of the book outreaches all technical evaluation. It's one of those books that I will someday have in my classroom library, just because it makes kids laugh and fills me with both nostalgia and legacy; that a book that was read to me, that I read to my siblings, will also be read by students of mine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jackie "the Librarian"

    Pigs invade, order pizza, dress in crazy costumes (one pig is dressed like Elvis) and make a huge mess. What could be funnier? And, it RHYMES!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elliot

    This book is utter insanity. From a man starting off his evening reading a book, and ending with pigs everywhere, it is no doubt that this book will encourage many smiles and laughs. The illustrations pack much detail, which is great for children. This book is a childhood favorite and I recommend reading it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Can sing to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julia Woodard

    Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail is a fictional story intended for children between Kindergarten and Second Grade. The story is about a man who is in his house reading a book, when his house is suddenly invaded by pigs. More and more pigs keep coming to the house and won’t leave. I really like the book because the rhymes are silly and the illustrations effectively animate the characters and the plot. The man becomes frustrated and demands that the pigs leave his house. The pigs prote Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail is a fictional story intended for children between Kindergarten and Second Grade. The story is about a man who is in his house reading a book, when his house is suddenly invaded by pigs. More and more pigs keep coming to the house and won’t leave. I really like the book because the rhymes are silly and the illustrations effectively animate the characters and the plot. The man becomes frustrated and demands that the pigs leave his house. The pigs protested, so the man said they could only stay with him if they helped clean up. The man and the pigs cleaned the house and went to bed. This book would fun for teachers to read aloud. The book would best be used for teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and comprehension. For phonemic awareness, teachers can have the students listen and pick out the rhyming words. For phonics, the teacher can have the students identify words that contain double letters such as yell and piggy. The teacher can also have the students identify words such as reading and feeding. For fluency, the teacher can model how to read with expression to show the difference between characters. For comprehension, the teacher can have the students retell the story orally in their own words.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Oh, what utter silliness! I've had this one recommended for a long time but hadn't gotten around to reading it. It just came across my desk again and I finally took the time. Turns out that I really don't care for the illustrations, but I see why it's a good book for storytime. Little ones would appreciate the silliness and, well, there's a reference to UNDERPANTS, so you know there will be laughter! lol

  8. 4 out of 5

    Staciel

    What fun to re-read all of these picture books that my kids loved when little! This is a very silly book (there are several times that underpants are involved, so it may not work for everybody) But, my kids giggled at this one every time-- enough so that it is yet another book that we own multiple copies of it. AND when I was just re-reading it, my now 12 year old walked passed me on the couch and exclaimed, 'OOOHHH! I LOVED that book!'

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Once minute, the narrator of this playful picture book is quietly reading. The next minute, pigs are descending on his house in every imaginable outfit, by every available means, and from every possible place. They make oatmeal in the sink. They make music into the night. They make an incredible piggy mess. (From the jacket) Hilarious illustrations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I was unsure about this book when I first saw it; but my youngest niece and nephew have me read all the time. Fun book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Cowles

    3 1/4 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tara Engel

    Nice cadence for reading poetry to young

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Mackenzie

    Read to my class for a virtual read aloud.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    daily read aloud with the class. If your kid is a fan of this book, check out 10 Hungry Monsters, we were reminded of this book after it was over.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ali Book&Seaglasshunter

    Fun and funny! Lots of high quality rhyme fun in this silly story of a man who finds his home filled with wacky pigs!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Morlando K

    a well read book in our class, great for our farm unit.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A chaotic story that reminds parental readers about the benefits and drawbacks of having kids--I mean, pigs!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    A goofy, rhyming elementary school library classic. There’s no great lesson in my experience with it, but 90s children’s books are more about the fantasy and the humor. They’re almost dreamlike.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elaina Wald

    "Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore" is a wonderful and fun book for young students. The illustrations are intricate and visually exciting. The story of pigs taking over a house is a silly tale made sillier and more intriguing by the rhyming of the story. I would use this book to teach about rhyme. It is als conducive to good art projects.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Pigs aplenty, pigs galore, PIGS A BORE! I complete snooze-fest. Really, what is the point of this book? Every page attempts to be humorous, but fails miserably. Each page consists of just pigs and bedlam. On my first attempt reading this, I could not even get through it because the story just didn't seem to be going anywhere. On my second attempt, I had to finally force myself to finish this book because I had already spent too must time and effort on this book as it was. The ending was essentia Pigs aplenty, pigs galore, PIGS A BORE! I complete snooze-fest. Really, what is the point of this book? Every page attempts to be humorous, but fails miserably. Each page consists of just pigs and bedlam. On my first attempt reading this, I could not even get through it because the story just didn't seem to be going anywhere. On my second attempt, I had to finally force myself to finish this book because I had already spent too must time and effort on this book as it was. The ending was essentially the same as every other page, pigs and chaos. There's nothing to teach your kids, and there's definitely no closure. Maybe I just didn't get it. The story is about a man that lives with a ton of pigs and how the pigs make one mess after another. He's the parent and they are his "kids" making the mess. At the end he still "loves" them...? Usually if the story is lacking, at least the illustration is the savior, but not in this case. Don't bother.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth Aucoin

    In groups of twos, threes, fours, etc a bunch of pigs wreak havoc on a poor, unsuspecting man in his house. They tip over furniture, they wear costumes, they eat his food with attitude, and it just won't stop. When the man finally gathers his whits about him and puts them in their place, they feel horrible, apologize, and clean his entire house. After a nice bath, they all lay down to go to sleep. This was, and is, one of my all time favorite children's books. I had my mother read it to me before In groups of twos, threes, fours, etc a bunch of pigs wreak havoc on a poor, unsuspecting man in his house. They tip over furniture, they wear costumes, they eat his food with attitude, and it just won't stop. When the man finally gathers his whits about him and puts them in their place, they feel horrible, apologize, and clean his entire house. After a nice bath, they all lay down to go to sleep. This was, and is, one of my all time favorite children's books. I had my mother read it to me before bed so many times that it is now falling apart. We taped it and re-taped it over and over again. I still love reading it! Not only is it weird and funny, but the ending is cute, too. I would suggest getting this book for any child you're trying to get to love reading. I'll be buying it for my little one for sure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie Williams

    I loved this book when I was little. A bunch of pigs enter the house a an unsuspecting man and wreak havoc on his household. Once he has had enough, he lets the pigs know it and they realize that their behavior was not all that nice. In the end, they clean up for him and all is well. A lesson on adjectives or prediction could be based off of this book. Also the moral lesson to respect others and their belongings is quite prevalent in this book as well; would be a good reference book if this may I loved this book when I was little. A bunch of pigs enter the house a an unsuspecting man and wreak havoc on his household. Once he has had enough, he lets the pigs know it and they realize that their behavior was not all that nice. In the end, they clean up for him and all is well. A lesson on adjectives or prediction could be based off of this book. Also the moral lesson to respect others and their belongings is quite prevalent in this book as well; would be a good reference book if this may be a problem in the classroom.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    This is a fiction book in the poetry genre. In the story our narrator is reading a book, when all of a sudden pigs start showing up at his house, first in small groups then in big groups and they just make a mess of things. The pigs arrive in various ways and really goofy outfits. While looking at the pictures it is hard not to laugh. My big thing about this book is that it has lots of rhyming words, and it would be really fun to read aloud. You could read it at many tone levels and have a fun t This is a fiction book in the poetry genre. In the story our narrator is reading a book, when all of a sudden pigs start showing up at his house, first in small groups then in big groups and they just make a mess of things. The pigs arrive in various ways and really goofy outfits. While looking at the pictures it is hard not to laugh. My big thing about this book is that it has lots of rhyming words, and it would be really fun to read aloud. You could read it at many tone levels and have a fun time with it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nashay

    This is a story of a man who has an extraordinary day when a bunch of pigs show up. Using lots of rhyming and repetition the pigs make an enormous mess and the man wants the pigs to leave. In the end of the story the man ends up enjoying the pigs, and they help him clean up the mess. This is a fun book to teach phonemic awareness and phonics. Students can listen to the individual words or word parts and her similar words that have the same onset or rime. I would use this book in early elementary This is a story of a man who has an extraordinary day when a bunch of pigs show up. Using lots of rhyming and repetition the pigs make an enormous mess and the man wants the pigs to leave. In the end of the story the man ends up enjoying the pigs, and they help him clean up the mess. This is a fun book to teach phonemic awareness and phonics. Students can listen to the individual words or word parts and her similar words that have the same onset or rime. I would use this book in early elementary grades.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara King

    Grade Level: K-3rd Genre: Poetry This book is super cute and I really enjoyed reading it! I loved the fun and silly rhymes and enjoyed the super colorful pictures. I think this book is a perfect book to read to younger kids and even found it pretty entertaining myself. I think this book would make a great accompaniment to the study of animals as well as a study of poety or rhyming words.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Great book to read aloud! One night while reading, lots of noise is discovered in the house. The owner comes to find pigs everywhere! The illustrations are fantastic and guaranteed to make kids laugh. My second graders were in stitches watching all the various pigs and the outfits they were in. They really liked it when the doorbell rang and the pizza was delivered...all 50 of them for $685!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I can't remember how I acquired this book, maybe through one of those scholastic book catalogs. This was one I always enjoyed reading as a child. It's cute and silly, and the illustrations are so cute. If you have a small child you can read this to, you totally should and spread the love of books! Of course, reading it on your own is 100% acceptable as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    The text of this book is very catchy with its rhyming and the action. Fun to see all the different pigs. I'm jus surprised that the human is a grown adult--would the children relate better if it was a child, or are they too distracted by the pigs? I think this would be a good filler for a preschool storytime.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Randie D. Camp, M.S.

    Just watched this story on a PBS Kids show with my son and remembered that while I was student teaching, a 3rd grade classroom came into my 2nd grade class and performed this as a readers theater. It was very good. Very funny book. Illustrations are silly and engaging, the black background really highlights the illustrations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    It starts out with a man reading a book in a chair. Then, out of nowhere, there are pigs coming from everywhere. They come a create havoc with the man reading. This would be a great lesson when teaching kids about phonics and practicing pronouncing certain words. It also has a goofiness factor that will really attract a lot of kids attention.

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