A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea

A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea Could anything possibly be 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

  • Title: A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea
  • Author: Michael Ian Black Kevin Hawkes
  • ISBN: 9781416979227
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Could anything possibly be 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

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    • Chanel Earl says:

      A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea is brilliant.1. The art is funny.2. It suggests that you say "pig parade," which is fun to say.3. The arguments presented in it are rhetorically sound. (I want to use this book with my writing students.)4. It has marching band-like things in it.5. It has a strong thesis statement.6. Everyone in my family loves it.This book is so good that today we awarded it the Steven Colbert Award for the Literary Excellence, and we only have twelve of those stickers to use, so [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      Okay, so, on the one hand I'm not sure how much I like the idea of a book telling kids that their idea of having a "pig parade" is a "terrible idea"--why be so discouraging of imagination? And, I happen to really like pigs. BUT, ohmygosh, the reasons why we should NOT have a pig parade are so very, very funny and so well told, I just thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The illustrations are humorous with a clever blend of realistic portrayal of pigs (no cartoon versions here!) but in ridiculou [...]

    • Sarah says:

      This just came into the library and intrigued me once I realized who the author was. Michael Ian Black's voice shines in this persuasive picture book, arguing just why a pig parade is a TERRIBLE idea. The humor appealed to me, though it will definitely go over the heads of most of its intended audience. Parents, though, will enjoy such jokes as "My Tears Are Wet 'Cause My Mud's Gone Dry." The illustrations by Kevin Hawkes are tastefully and beautifully done to complement such dry humor.

    • Alicia says:

      Professional Review:booksinprint.leob.u#This book received a starred review from Booklist and I thought it was with good reason. The book dialogue was very cleverly put together and makes it so many grade levels can enjoy the book rather than only older or younger students. Although I didn't find it as absolutely laugh-out-loud funny as the reviewer did, I was still able to chuckle on several of the pages. I think what really pulls the book together are the illustrations and I completely agree t [...]

    • Maria Caplin says:

      I'm searching for mentor text for opinion writing. What a perfect and fun book to share with my class. Perfect structure for introduction with transition and supports on why pigs would not be perfect for a parade; however panda bears would be. I purchased the Kindle version so students can see and can underline the text.

    • Lana Krumwiede says:

      Great read aloud. I can imagine some great fun using this book to teach persuasive writing!

    • Jen says:

      This is a very cute book and a great read aloud! At first, one may think that having a pig parade would be a great idea, but after reading the author's reasons for NOT having one, we definitely see that is is a TERRIBLE idea! I read this to one of my 1st grade classes and they LOVED the illustration talking about the floats that pigs likeot beer floats! One of the students said I should have made root beer floats for them to drink while I read the book! That's a great idea and one I'll consider [...]

    • Skye Kilaen says:

      I'm so grateful to Black for writing this book! Without its urgent warning message, who knows how many town celebrations could be ruined?! His timely, careful analysis of all the ways pigs are unsuited for parades is insightful andum, okay, I can't keep this up. The book is just funny, y'all. There are pigs in marching band uniforms. One of our favorite silly books for kids. Totally recommended for the kid who likes to giggle (and any nearby adults).

    • Robert says:

      This is the second collaborative work by Michael Ian Black & Kevin Hawkes that I have read, and while I do not dislike it quite as much as Chicken Cheeks it is still dismal and unfunny. The illustrations are better than Chicken Cheeks, but not at all spectacular. Worst of all, the story lacks any justification for itself and fails in every respect.

    • Connie Klever says:

      Hilarious book about why pigs do not cooperate in parades! Nice big illustrations and funny references to other children's books about pigs. Would make a great program--pig books, pig parade, famous literary pigs, etc. Book would work from older preschoolers through older elementary school--3rd or 4th grade.

    • April Thompson says:

      Did you know that pigs preferred weepy country ballads?

    • Virginia says:

      So funny! I just love this and I always love Kevin Hawkes art!

    • Mari says:

      Quirky fun! I'll display this one often, though I'm thinking it's a bit too wordy for my large storytime groups.

    • Sarah says:

      This is a silly fun book.

    • Cecilia says:

      You can tell the author understands humor and the importance of delivery. The words are spaced, repeated, and chosen with exquisite care that results in quite a fun book (and a fun book to read aloud at that!).

    • Leigh says:

      This is a great work of fiction for teaching persuasive reading and writing.

    • ElphaReads says:

      Goodness I love Michael Ian Black and everything he does. This book is super cute and very clever, and his wit and humor come through perfectly. I can see why kids and adults alike would like it.

    • Anna says:

      Well, the kids were convinced!

    • Vincent Meyers says:

      The book, "A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea", by Michael Ian Black informs readers what can go wrong in a parade of pigs. The story begins by supporting the idea of having a pig parade because it would be an entertaining event. After that, the story goes on to explain why a pig parade is not a good idea. For example, pigs spend the majority of their time "snuffling" for food and have a bad taste in music. Additionally, pigs are disinterested in floats and have not mastered the ability to march wh [...]

    • Liz says:

      A pig parade *is* a really bad idea.

    • Brooke says:

      This is a humorous book about the idea of having a pig parade. It may be more humorous for adults than children. The book is big and has large pictures with detailed (and logical) explanations of why you should not have a pig parade.

    • Brittany says:

      This was such a cute book! When I heard the title I wasn't sure what to think but as I was reading it I found that I just loved it! It is such a cute idea for a story, but also can be used as more than a story. I think that this book would be really good for doing a lesson on persuasive writing. The book takes an idea that may sound like fun and gives you all of the reasons that it is not as fun and turns out to actually be a bad idea. The book persuades you that having a pig parade is not such [...]

    • Antoinette says:

      This is a fantastic book for those misguided souls who foolishly think that holding a pig parade is a good idea. Starting with its very title, this book convincingly enumerates the reasons that such an idea is in fact a terrible one. Solely because of the amusing illustrations, I decided to read this to my 7-year-old, who apparently found the book humorous as well as (I can only assume) informative. I suppose that's a bonus, but perhaps someday he'll realize that pig parades are no laughing matt [...]

    • Ryan says:

      Is this book educational? Not exactly. Michael Ian Black's prose could probably be of some use in a persuasive writing unit of high school English, but as far as teaching kids about pigs, not so much. Is it downright fun to read aloud for a little one's bedtime? Oh, hells yes.We brought this book home from the library for my 2-and-a-half year old. We read at least one or two stories each night, including Dr Suess, Curious George, some Disney and Sesame Street stories. This book though, for whate [...]

    • Cosette says:

      My daughter wants me to get the next book in the series - A Panda Bear Parade is a Fantastic Idea.

    • Jan Rue says:

      Written byMichael Ian Black (2010) and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. This is a fun picture book which first asks the reader about the fun of having a pig parade and all the things pigs would do in the parade. Then it explains why it would not be a good idea. The illustrations in the first part show pigs in carton style doing human things, like having a parade. Then the illustrations show what real pigs would look like trying to have a parade [...]

    • Gail says:

      Funny- The first part of the book is illustrated with very cute pigs all dressed up as if they were marching in a parade. The colors are bright and cheerful- then the story starts to show how terrible this idea would be by actually showing you drawings of real pigs and what they might actually do- rather than what the imagination could have them doing. They go through all of the reasons why pigs could not be in a parade, from playing music, wearing the outfits, holding the hot-air balloons, or e [...]

    • Tarl says:

      I picked this book up while at the local science center and what I expected to be a normal children's book was actually pretty entertaining. The illustrations were well done and the sheer craziness of some of them had me chuckling. The writing is perfect for children, and I could easily see myself reading it to any children I have in the future. The story itself is simple and weird enough to capture a child's imagination. As mentioned above, the illustrations capture the weirdness of the tale it [...]

    • babyhippoface says:

      The first time I read this book (out loud--it's important to read it out loud, so you get the full effect of the purposeful language), I laughed so hard I cried. About 5 different times. And the illustrations are a terrific complement to the story. I don't think your average classroom full of kids would think it's that funny--again, I think it's the language that makes it so hilarious--but I loved it.TEST RESULTS = Inconclusive. Which means, I gave this book to my older sister (middle school lib [...]

    • Rita Crayon Huang says:

      Wonderful! Such excellent Voice. Such excellent illustrations. I am delighted.The voice reminds me of my friend Irvin, who loves to set up what sounds like "a good idea" and then hilariously shoot it down. (So, Irvin, if you're looking for books to read to little ones, get this one! No one will know you're reading! They'll just think you're talking!)But everyone should get this book. I'm guessing I'll give it to kids who are on the slightly older side--by which I mean 5 and up. But I could go yo [...]

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