Synopses & Reviews
Could anything possibly be more fun than a pig parade!? You wouldn't think so. But you'd be wrong. A pig parade is a terrible idea. Pigs hate to march, refuse to wear the uniforms, don't care about floats, and insist on playing country music ballads. Those are just some of the reasons. And trust me, this hysterical book has plenty more!
"Black's pitch-perfect porcine parody sets off at a brisk pace. 'Like most children, you have probably thought to yourself at one time or another, I bet a pig parade would be a lot of fun.' Hawkes (who illustrated Black's Chicken Cheeks) supplies a picture of pigs dashing forth in spruce uniforms, playing instruments, as fireworks explode behind them. 'The only problem is,' Black continues, 'a pig parade is a terrible idea.' A double-page spread shows why; no parade anywhere--just a trio of porkers 'snuffling' around, one with chewing gum stuck to its snout. Skewering stuffy types who belabor the obvious, Black points out that real pigs show no willingness to march, won't wear majorette uniforms, and won't hold big balloons ('Because while pig hooves are good for digging up wild mushrooms, when it comes to holding giant parade balloons, they are simply not up to the job'). The Monty Pythonesque premise delivers laugh after laugh, while Hawkes's portraits of pigs chewing on their band hats, tromping on their horns, and floating into outer space with parade balloons will win over readers of all ages. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
andlt;bandgt;* andlt;/bandgt;"If this bookand#8217;s arch-toned text wasnand#8217;t flat-out funny enough, Hawkesand#8217; deliciously down-and-dirty art takes the concept to a whole other level.... Horror will mix with hysterical laughter when kids (and adults) get ahold of this one." -andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;BOOKLIST, andlt;/iandgt;STARRED reviewandlt;/bandgt;
andlt;divandgt;andlt;Bandgt;* "andlt;/Bandgt;Black's pitch-perfect porcine parody sets off at a brisk pace....
"The winner of the Most Absurd Picture Book of the Year Award, if there were one, would have to go to 'A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea,' written by Michael Ian Black and drawn by Kevin Hawkes. The joke is in the comically drawn-out contrast between the cute marching pigs of our imagination and the realistically sticky, glistening-nosed, frowning hogs."--andlt;iandgt;New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/iandgt;
andlt;bandgt;* andlt;/bandgt;"The tongue-in-cheek tone of the text coupled with the large-scale illustrations and generous trim size make this a surefire storyhour read-aloud that will elicit laughter and cheers of delight."andlt;iandgt;and#8211;andlt;/iandgt;- andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;SLJandlt;/iandgt; andlt;/bandgt;, andlt;bandgt;STARRED reviewandlt;/bandgt;
andlt;Bandgt;* "andlt;/Bandgt;Black's pitch-perfect porcine parody sets off at a brisk pace.... The Monty Pythonesque premise delivers laugh after laugh, while Hawkes's portraits of pigs chewing on their band hats, tromping on their horns, and floating into outer space with parade balloons will win over readers of all ages." - andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;PWandlt;/iandgt;, STARRED reviewandlt;/bandgt;
The second collaborative picture book from comedian Michael Ian Black and award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including andlt;iandgt;Michael and Michael Have Issuesandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Stellaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The State. andlt;/iandgt;He also starred in the NBC television show andlt;iandgt;Ed andlt;/iandgt;and on VH1andrsquo;s andlt;iandgt;I Love The... andlt;/iandgt;series. He wrote the screenplay for the film andlt;iandgt;Run, Fatboy, Run andlt;/iandgt;and wrote and directed the film andlt;iandgt;Wedding Daze. andlt;/iandgt;Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book andlt;iandgt;My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) andlt;/iandgt;and the childrenandrsquo;s books andlt;iandgt;Chicken Cheeksandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; The Purple Kangarooandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Ideaandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Iandrsquo;m Boredandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Naked!andlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bopandlt;/iandgt;. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.andlt;Bandgt;Kevin Hawkesandlt;/Bandgt; is the illustrator of more than thirty-five acclaimed picture books and chapter books including andlt;i andgt;Library Lionandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Weslandiaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Chicken Cheeksandlt;/iandgt;. His vibrant colors, unusual perspectives, and sense of humor are hallmarks of his work. He lives with his wife and children in Southern Maine.