Synopses & Reviews
"He's a porker with passion,
a dancing fool, a pig with rhythm-
this breaks every rule,"
said the normally reticent mule.
Now in paperback, Dumpy La Rue, a story of a pig who knew what he wanted to do.
Elizabeth Winthrop's romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin's exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passionate pig as they follow him and the barnyard animals from farm to fame. Dumpy La Rue is a 2001 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.
"The creators of Promises offer a spry story starring a piglet determined to dance. Though his parents insist that 'Pigs don't dance./ They grunt, they grovel,/ they snuffle for truffles,' Dumpy La Rue 'knew what he wanted to do,' and kicks up his hooves in front of an audience of barnyard animals. When the sheep announce that they, too, want to dance, Dumpy offers some advice to his pals: 'If you want to dance,/ if you want to glide,/ just close your eyes/ and listen inside.' Caldecott Honor artist Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo) portrays the closed-eyed assemblage of critters including Dumpy's family spinning, twirling and gliding along with the prancing porker. Her animated pictures, created with black brush lines and watercolor wash, comically capture the animals' initial skepticism and eventual ebullience as they discover the thrill of dancing to their own internal beats. Though the verse intermittently falters in its rhythm and rhyme, the kid-tickling energy and silliness remain constant (e.g., 'The goats did a two-step./ The fox did a three./ The mule danced the salsa/ with a neighboring tree'). And amidst the merriment, readers just may pick up on the importance of bucking stereotypes and listening to one's own drummer or whatever it is that is playing 'inside.' Ages 4-9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A perfect read-aloud." --School Library Journal, starred
A Nick Jr. Magazine "Best Book of the Year "
A New York Times "Best Illustrated Book of the Year"
A California Young Reader Medal 2003-2004 nominee
About the Author
, the ever popular author of Shoes
, illustrated by Bill Joyce; Halloween Hats
, illustrated by Sue Truesdale; and Castle in the Attic
has written more than forty books, from picture books to young-adult novels. Her recent middle-grade fantasy novel, The Red-Hot Rattoons,
is also illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Ms. Winthrop lives in New York City.
Betsy Lewin has illustrated more than fifty books for children, some of which she also wrote. She received a Caldecott Honor for her illustration of the bestselling Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Ms. Lewin lives with her husband, artist Ted Lewin, in Brooklyn, New York.