Two books about Missing Pigs!

The Great Pig Escape

Publisher - Clarion Books
Ages 4-8

“Christelow’s vigorous, broken-lined watercolors capture the story’s humor and suspense perfectly...Great fun.”
—Kirkus Reviews

—ABA Pick of the Lists
—Booklinks—A Few Good Books of 1994

The Great Pig Search

Publisher - Clarion Books
Ages 4 - 8

 “Christelow’s watercolor and pen-and-ink cartoon-like illustrations do a fabulous job of reinforcing the mood and action of the text... A sure hit.”
—School Library Journal, starred review

Best picture books of 2001 —School Library Journal

You never know where you'll come across a new idea for a book!

I was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa when I spotted this story in the paper: Hog Wild Day on the Road!   It seems a farmer was hauling his pigs off to be made into pork chops, but somehow, he didn't have the end gate up on his truck. So, of course, the pigs escaped: one by one, as he traveled down the road. Unfortunately (from the pig's point of view) with help from various folk, the pigs were  eventually rounded up, unable to escape their fate.

   I was visiting schools and told the kids about it.  We started writing stories with a different outcome. Could the pigs hide? Could they disguise themselves? When I returned home from that trip, I continued writing.

   That one little news item eventually lead to TWO books!

The Story:

Bert and Ethel grow the best vegetables around. But then, Bert decides they should raise a few pigs as well. "Sounds like trouble to me," says Ethel. "I'd rather stick with turnips." But Bert brings home six little piglets, and they aren't much bother until the day Bert decides they've grown big enough to sell at the market. That's when the squealing and oinking begin, and so does the trouble —from a hard time loading the truck, to a big surprise at the market. What has happened to those pigs? Well, their secret is hilariously revealed when our hapless farmers receive a mysterious postcard from Florida!

The Great Pig Escape

The Story:

This story continues the tale of Bert, Ethel and their wayward pigs. It starts where the other book ends. (Remember the mysterious postcard from Florida?)

   Now Bert and Ethel have packed their bags,  and are heading south for the Sunshine State. Ethel wants to sit on the beach and dance under the stars, but Bert has something else in mind. He's determined to find his postcard-writing runaway pigs and bring them home!

   Are there pigs hiding under those beach umbrellas, or rocking and rolling to the tunes of the Squealers? Read the book and discover for yourself just who is hamming it up under the stars.

(And take a close look at the picture below!)

The Great Pig Search