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Library : Book Reviews > The Great Pig Escape

The Great Pig Escape 
by Eileen Christelow

Review by: Lori Plach

     Bert and Ethel have different ideas about farming. Ethel would be
perfectly satisfied with just growing vegetables. But Bert is more
adventurous, he wants to raise piglets.
        Well, an adventure is exactly what he gets when he buys 6 little piglets. The night before taking the pigs to market, Ethel hears talking coming from the barn, she insists that the pigs are up to something. Bert will hear nothing more about it.
        As the neighbors chase the pigs into the back of the truck, the
bolt of the tailgate mysteriously disappears. With the tailgate tied with
rope, Bert and Ethel venture down the bumpy road not realizing the pigs
have chewed their way to freedom. Suddenly clothes disappears all over
town including the gas station owner's dress with the purple flowers. 
        Bert and Ethel don't realize that they are missing their
commodity until they arrive at the auction yard. Disappointed, they drive
back to town passing two oddly dressed "male" hitchhikers. Bert and Ethel search all over and learn that about the missing clothes. Down at the bus station, the bus driver affirms that he hasn't seen any pigs. Unbeknownst top him that 6 unusual passengers have climbed aboard the bus bound for Florida.
        Bert agrees with Ethel that they should forget about raising pigs
and raise just vegetables instead. After a few months pass, a package
arrives at the post office containing freshly laundered and ironed
clothes including the purple flowered dress which look very familiar to
the town residents. Included in the box is a postcard from Florida
addressed to Bert and Ethel. The message is short but very clear, it says Oink.
        When reading this book aloud in our house, my daughter loves
pointing out where the pigs are on the pages. The humorous story line and delightful illustrations make this an excellent selection for children
ages 3-7.
        The reader as well as the audience will go hog wild over this
book!

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