Piggie Pie!

Piggie Pie!


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Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies—where else?—on Old MacDonald's Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, "Piggie Pie" adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395866184
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/18/1997
Series: Read Along Book & CD Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 38,843
Product dimensions: 10.31(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Howard Fine is the illustrator of many popular picture books. He lives with his family in White Plains, New York.Visit his website at www.howardfineillustration.com .

Margie Palatini  is the author of almost forty books. Like Isabella, Margie lives in New Jersey. Visit her and her other characters at margiepalatini.com.

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Piggie Pie 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Jparker03 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Piggie Pie is a story about a witch that wants some Piggie Pie. She has all the ingredients but the most important one, the pigs. She flies to a farm to get some pigs but the pigs tick her. The pigs pretend to be ducks, cows, chickens, and the farmer Old McDonald. Then a wolf tell the witch the pigs are too tricky and the witch tricks the wolf into coming home with her. I liked the way the story not only told the story of Piggie Pie, but it also used the tune to Old McDonald had a farm. The ending used the wolf from the three little pigs. This would be a good book to read around Halloween not only because of the witch but because the pigs dress up like other animals to trick the witch. You could also have children make duck, cow, and chicken masks of their own.
Jourdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Piggie Pie is a hilarious book about Gritch the Witch. Gritch wants to make a special meal, piggy pie. She goes through her cubords and finds the flies, rattle snakes and possum belly hairs, she realizes she does not have eight piggies. Gritch finds herself on an adventure to Old MacDonald¿s Farm to collect plump piggies. However, the hilarious animals on the farm play pranks and fool Gritch to save their lives. The vibrant water colored illustrations are close up and full of detail, including the large warts on Gritch¿s nose and chin. The illustrator exaggerates the imagery of Gritch¿s long nose, chin, and green fingernails. The rhyming text is flowing and keeps readers engaged. This laugh out loud story is a must read.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a hungry witch who decides to make herself some piggie pie. However, because she is missing the necessary piggies, she goes to Old Macdonald's farm to find some. The pigs trick her and dress up as other animals. She is discouraged until she meets a wolf (who is tired from attempting to catch three little piggies) and plots to eat the wolf for lunch.The plot uses many familiar nursery rhyme elements (Old Macdonald lyrics, three little pigs references). The characters are also familiar to children, which helps the plot along. The illustrations are beautiful and make use of space in a unique way. The style is repetitious - perfect for read alouds. Highly recommended for elementary school libraries.
coachncheern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Farm animals outwit a witch who needs them for her recipe of "Piggie Pie". Besides the silly dialogue, it was fun to recognize references made to well known fairy tales and songs.
awidmer06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Fantasy Age Appropriateness: PrimaryReview: This book is a good example of fantasy because the story would not happen in reality with such personified animals and humans with nonhuman characteristics. Gritch, the witch, flies to Old MacDonald's farm for some pigs to make a piggy pie because she is starving. However, when she arrives, she cannot find a single pig, even though she saw many of them while flying in the air. The pigs work together to deceive her into believing there are no pigs on the farm. She ends up walking away from the farm with a wolf instead. Media: This is a good example of pencils and ink and wash. The pencils allow different textures, blends, and shades in the illustrations. Using pencils enhances the picture to become more realistic. The ink and wash is used to create a painting with precise lines then filled with watercolor wash. Both art forms blend well together to create an even flow and give depth to the text. Characterization: Gritch, the witch is a round character because she becomes impatient and hungry, which causes her to go on a hunt in search for dinner. The pigs continue to trick her until she settles for an old, skinny wolf. Her character develops as she goes through the struggle to find her dinner.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My two nieces and I read this one all the time.Gritch the Witch needs piggies to make the piggy pie she craves. But pigs are very clever animals (trufax!), and they quickly disguise themselves.Every time Gritch asks one of the (disguised) animals where the pigs are, they hilariously quack quack, moo moo, and cluck cluck her all over the farm! Eventually she stops before the Old MacDonald, the man himself, for him to look look here, look look there, etc. and tell her the same as everybody else - no piggies!All her tantrums don't help. She can't have piggy pie :( Even the Big Bad Wolf sympathizes, while both of them plot, at the end, to eat the other.Very funny book. Every page, every word and illustration. My nieces (5 and 2.5) even act this one out!Only thing is that sometimes they get scared of it, occasionally for a week or two at a time. Other times they bring it out to me and request it, but sometimes they're scared and won't have anything to do with it. Kinda like a roller coaster, maybe?Check this one out at the library, see if it suits your child's temperment, and consider that it might be better meant for an older child.
eward06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This represents a Modern Fantasy because they characters and events are make-believe and would not be possible in real life. It holds a bit of truth in that pigs are real so the story can be understood in our world.
librarianlou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gritch the Witch wants those pesky porkers, includes elements of Wizard of OZ and Old McDonald, great read aloud for primary grades.Marge Palatini has a great web site for kids.
kestrels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can sum this one up as "Piggies in disguise." The artwork is particularly jubilant.
GrandmaH More than 1 year ago
Piggy Pie is a treat... the language is exciting to read. Grandma becomes the Witch and the words and story just roll out as if it were truly one of my stories. The art work goes perfectly with the clever tale. It has a sequel as my kids say. Zoom Broom is not quite as good but close. I recommend it highly
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 y/o son while waiting in his pediatrician's office. We then proceeded to read it 4 MORE times, and I laughed harder each time. Incredible book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gritch the witch woke up one morning very hungry.She thought what she wanted to eat.She wanted PIGGIE PIE!!!SO she went to the farm but the pigs were to smart.