Synopses & Reviews
The publisher and author of Under a Pig Tree
seem to be having communication issues. The author has written a clear, no-nonsense history of figs
. But the publisher is sure she meant pigs
. After all, whatandrsquo;s the difference between two measly letters? What results is a hilarious illustrated history of pigs, from the earliest times (andldquo;Pigs were presented as andlsquo;medalsandrsquo; to the winners of the first Olympicsandrdquo;) to the present day (andldquo;There is nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea or glass of milk with one of those famous Pig Newtonsandrdquo;). The author, needless to say, is not happy about this andldquo;little mix-upandrdquo; and makes her feelings very clearly knownandmdash;by scrawling all over the book!
With sticky notes from the publisher, angry scribbles from the author, wrinkles, and pages askew, Under a Pig Tree is a playful peek into a book in andldquo;midproductionandrdquo; and a humorous look at the consequences of small mistakes, by industry pro Margie Palatini and up-and-coming talent Chuck Groenink.
andquot;Itandrsquo;s a prime choice for foodie families.andquot;
andquot;Kiddos will go hog-wild for this farcical romp.andquot;
andquot;The conceit is humorous...The illustrations are charming...andquot;
Elizabeth really, really wants a pet, but her parents say NO to all of her ideas. Instead, she ends up with a cactus called Carolyn. And after some very unsuccessful campaigning, to her wonderful surprise, Elizabeth encounters Doug -- surely the most unusual and special pet of all.
Even Carolyn agrees.
Margie Palatini and Bruce Whatley team up for a wacky picture book that handles a topic every parent and child will relate to -- choosing that just perfect pet.
A funny book to share with kids who really, really, REALLY want a pet
Elizabeth really wants a pet. But her parents do not. Instead they give her a cactus. Even though Elizabeth's new plant proves to be a good listener, Elizabeth still really wants a pet.
When Elizabeth campaigns to find the right pet, her family imagines some hair-raising possibilities, until Doug comes along. Doug is, without a doubt, the most unusual, perfect pet of all.
Elizabeth really, really, wants a pet. But her parents do not. Instead they give her a cactus. Even though Elizabeth's new plant proves to be a good listener, Elizabeth still really wants a pet. When Elizabeth campaigns to find the right pet, her family imagines some hair-raising possibilities, until Doug comes along—who is, without a doubt, the most unusual, perfect pet of all.
About the Author
Margie Palatini is the author of many outrageously funny books for children, including Piggie Pie!
, illustrated by Howard Fine; Moosetache, Mooseltoe
, and the Bad Boys series, all illustrated by Henry Cole; The Cheese
, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; No Biting, Louise
, illustrated by Matthew Reinhart; and Gorgonzola
, illustrated by Tim Bowers. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
Bruce Whatley is one of Australias best-loved and most-respected author-illustrators. His most recent books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volume, The Secret World of Wombats, also illustrated by Bruce. The best selling team have also collaborated on Pete the Sheep, and most recently, Josephine Wants to Dance. Two of Bruces previous books, The Ugliest Dog in the World and Tails from Grandads Attic, were named as Notable Books by the Childrens Book Council of Australia in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Looking for Crabs was shortlisted by the Childrens Book Council in 1993 and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase was named an Honour Book by the Childrens Book Council in 1998. Bruce has illustrated forty books to date, including a number that he has co-written with Rosie Smith. Their latest collaboration was Little White Dogs Cant Jump.