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Library : Book Reviews > The Great Pig Search

The Great Pig Search 
by Eileen Christelow

Review by: Lori Plach

     This story picks up where "The Great Pig Escape" ends. Its a sure
fire hit for those who have read that book and will capture the attention
of those who haven't read it.
        Bert and Ethel have realized that they shouldn't have tried
raising piglets, but instead should have stuck to raising the immobile
vegetables. Included in a box of neatly laundered and folded clothes is a
postcard addressed to Bert and Ethel. The postcard from Florida has an
one word message...Oink. Feeling the humiliation of being the joke of the town, Bert and Ethel decide to go on vacation.  Ethel would like Bert to just forget about the pigs, but Bert buys bus tickets to Florida. He
promises that he won't even think about pigs.
        They take a taxi with a license plate of "Hog" to their hotel.
The driver grunts loudly. They check into their hotel, the desk clerk has
orange curly hair and was sure to keep her back turn. She squeals as she throws them their room key. No matter where they go, pigs can be seen but they don't recognize them since the pigs are in disguises. At night in their hotel room, Ethel fears that the air conditioner will break because its squealing. Bert gets suspicious but sees nothing when he looks out the window. In the morning the desk clerk hands them a map showing where to find pigs.  Its a wild adventure and they find themselves in trees
above alligators.
        Ethel threatens to leave, but Bert promises her a nice dinner and
dancing. They dance the night away to the music of "The Squealers." Bert mistakes a fellow guest for a pig and winds up down at the police station for causing a disturbance. On a fishing excursion, Bert gets a big catch on his line and falls overboard. He then gets rescued by the boat driver.
        When they leave the next morning, Ethel picks up a newspaper to
take home. On the front page is the story of Bert and his marvelous
catch, there is also a story about the boat driver who saved him. Bert is
far from tickled pink when he learns that he was rescued by one of his
own...pigs that is.
       Children will enjoy pointing out the cleverly disguised pigs in
the pictures. Be prepared to be squealing with laughter from the start to
the finish.

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