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Being a Pig Is Nice: A Child's-Eye View of Manners
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A hilarious picture book about manners, turned upside down!
Why do animals get to misbehave, while humans have to act so prim and proper all the time? From the New York Times bestselling author comes a book about manners, all from the point-of-view of a little girl. In her refreshingly subversive world, monkeys must always use their fingers when they eat or get in trouble, elephants are encouraged to squirt and splatter everywhere, and pig parents ask their children to get muddy before they go to bed. Of course, if you're a pig, you smell, and thats not nice. Still, the girl can see that behaving like an animal could be fun. . . .
"Krall's florid, goofily ebullient work in his children's book debut should ring a bell with Cartoon Network fans — he's worked on several hits, including Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Here, he and Lloyd-Jones (How to Be a Baby... by Me, the Big Sister) follow a pigtailed heroine as she muses on manners, cultural relativism and the benefits of being any species other than human. 'When you're a MONKEY, eating with a knife and fork isn't allowed. It's Against The Rules,' she notes, as Krall shows a large monkey family's banana-eating bacchanal, with the hairy parents scowling at their prim, utensil-wielding daughter. 'Misbehaving' animals earn hilariously screwy lectures: 'You know the drill, young lady: sit up crooked, elbows in my face, fingers up your nose.' Of course there's always a drawback to being each animal: owls, for instance 'have to eat mice for breakfast and then throw up their fur and bones,' a reality check that Krall portrays in a gleefully gross manner. Although the book skids to an end, the preceding pages are so high-spirited that readers will be forgiving. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes a hilarious book about manners, all from the point of view of a little girl. In her refreshingly subversive world, the girl can see that behaving like an animal "could" be fun. Full color.
About the Author
Sally Lloyd-Jones worked in childrens publishing for several years, leaving in 2000 to write full-time. She lives in New York City.
Dan Krall spends a great deal of time at Cartoon Network, where he has worked on many shows. This is his first picture book. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rachel, and their cat, Fuzzums.
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