The Pigman & Me

The Pigman & Me

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Eight hundred and fifty-three horrifying things had happened to me by the time I was a teenager. That was when I met my Pigman, whose real name was Nonno Frankie.

The year Paul Zindel, his sister, Betty, and their mother lived in the town of Travis, Staten Island, New York, was the most important time of his teenage life. It was the year he and Jennifer Wolupopski were best friends. It was the year of the apple tree, the water-head baby, and Cemetery Hill. And it was the year he met Nonno Frankie Vivona, who became his Pigman.

Every word of his story is true. And The Pigman & Me has an added bonus—one crucial piece of information: the secret of life, according to the Pigman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788749667
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/07/2002
Edition description: Unabridged
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Zindel (1936-2003) was a playwright, young adult novelist, and educator. His most well-known work, The Pigman, is a children's book often taught in classrooms to study themes of peer pressure, loss, family, and death, despite being one of the most frequently banned books in America. Zindel's debut was The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, a play for which he received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Zindel was also awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for his contribution to young adult literature.

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The Pigman & Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
mandochild on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I took a day's leave to clean prior to house inspection, since weekends are devoted to study and it has to happen sometime. To make the work easier, I decided to try an audiobook and somehow I saw Paul Zindel's name on iTunes by accident. I read and enjoyed most of his books in high school, and I felt a sudden burst of nostalgia at the thought of learning more about the author, even though, strangely, I cannot remember the content of his books at all. Funnily enough, I never ended up needing to take that day's leave, but I still had to listen to the book!At first I was reminded strongly of Bill Bryson's "The life and times of the thunderbolt kid". It has the same 1950s setting, and, on first appearances, the same fascination with the bizarre within the ordinary. The one problem I had with the Bryson book was that parts of it made me feel nauseous and I really didn't want to know that much about his toilet habits. So at first I was apprehensive, because I got the impression that this book was going to go the same way. But, beyond a few superficialities, it didn't.The bizarre surface appearance hides deep sensitivity and insight, and a very warm and poignant outlook. It's almost as if he's dressing up "real" stuff in a form that he thinks teenagers will tolerate (or in a form that allows him to safely be sensitive without being sensitive!!). I still can't remember the novels, annoyingly, but I now see why I enjoyed them so much. This book is also a series of lessons on life, and I'm still fascinated by the insightful image he concludes with. This was a very happy accident indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I think the book os wonderful. It's about a teenager that moves to Travis d has to deal with a whole lot of problems. He lives with his mom and jos sister Betty. Paul, the boy gets bullied and was going to get in a fist fight but his sister saved jim from getting beat up. It was well writen and has a nice flow to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: The Pigman and Me: Paul Zindel Title of review: The pigman Number of stars (1 to 5): Introduction The Pigman and Me is a fun book about the life of author Paul Zindel. In this book he talks about moving to new city called Travis with his older sister who has the Hollywood looks, and his crazy single mother. The book talks about sad and happy things that happen through their life. Such as, their father walked out on them when Paul was just a child, but on the flip side he meets Jennifer a wonderful girl who wants to escape the boringness of Travis. The two become friends and their friendship plays a large part in the story. Description and summary of main points Many event s happened In Paul Zindel's life, such as in the opening of the story he begins saying eight hundred and fifty three horrifying things happened to him by the time he was a teenager. Most of all, I believe, is when he met Nona Frankie, his pigman. Jennifer introduces him to the only black family on the street and the water head baby that they have. The he goes to school and meets moose the town bullies. They end up getting no a fist fight and Paul's sister Betty saves him. Jennifer and Paul have their own tree that they carved the words escape into so they will always know that they will escape from Travis. Evaluation The people in Paul's life all have stories behind them. Jenny, the girl next door, becomes his best friend. Moose is the nightmare Paul wishes he never had. His pet dogs that looked like lassie had really big part in his life. They gave him comfort and happiness. Jennifer gave him all sorts of advice about Travis. They went all over town; their favorite place was cemetery hill. It was a nice closed place away from chaos and everyone. Paul's house, on the other hand, was full! He had his family living there and Connie, Nona Frankie and Nona Mamie's daughter, and her two twin children. Conclusion Over all, the book was really good. It's not your average book, they aren't happy and sunshine. It's a biography; he explains what life is really like. He explores his mind through the eyes of a real teenager. If you want a humorous book don't get this book. On the other hand, if you want a touching, real story, get this book. I would suggest this book to many teens,
gary-hudson14 More than 1 year ago
A boy, a mom, and his sister are talking about going to their new home, but Paul, the boy, can only think about burying his dead lizard. Description and summary of main point The story is about a boy who moves all the time, has a suicidal mom, and finally found a good home and family. The pigman, Nono Frankie, shows and does things with him he's never done before. The book was very good and I recommend it, but the ending was a huge disappointment. I know this is like a biography of his actual life but it was still terrible. He has to leave his friends and the home because his mom got mad at the people they were living with and said they were moving again. The tree died, you'll find out if you read the story, his best friend never escaped and married a drunk who burned down their house for the insurance money, and he had to leave the Pigman. "The Pigman and Me" was a good book but, as I said, the ending ruined it. I suggest if you read it, just read until the part where his mom explodes and stop. Then pretend everything was fine and they lived happily ever after, it will save you the disappointment.
HerdFan More than 1 year ago
This is a very confusing book. The plot did not make sense and there were just too many things going on. There were so many different conflicts and plots that I didn't even know what was happening. Oh yeah, and if you like happy endings this is not a good book for you. The ending is so sad and depressing it makes you want to throw up. In this book Paul Zindel wrote about his childhood. He writes about his friends and family and tells us about his Pigman. He lived with his mom, his sister, and a woman and her two twin sons. His mom was very poor and moved constantly. She couldn't keep a job and she was frequently threatening to kill herself. Paul's dad had left them and ran away with his girlfriend to Ney York when he was only a few years old. Like I said earlier, this is a confusing story with an awkward plot. There are too many conflicts that I had trouble figuring out what the real problem was. Zindel tells you the main conflict on the last two pages. He tells you small conflicts like how he's scared to go to school and he's afraid of fighting but he doesn't tell you the main problem in the plot until the end of the book. I just didn't understand it. This is why I thought that this book is boring. I honestly think that I'm being generous by giving it three stars. It's not Paul Zindel, I love The Pigman, his first book in the Pigman series, but this just wasn't his best work. I would not recommend this to children mostly because they wouldn't understand it. This is what I think about The Pigman and Me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lacie123 More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel Title of review: A Very Good book Number of stars (1 to 5): four Introduction This book is about a two teens. And the two teen's meat in a town called Travis, a Polish town. Description and summary of main points Paul's dad left when he was three. Paul has a lizard. Paul's mom doesn't not have enough money to buy property. Paul's mom meets Jennifer's family wants to by a house and them have enough but couldn't find any property. The teens met and their families move it to with each other. The teens are 13 teen years old and they live near an airport. Evaluation This book is a great story for young readers. This is my favorite book I have every read. I recommend this book for 10- years old and up. Conclusion This story store is about to teens that move to Travis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kind of liked this book, but I thought in the end of the story I was kind of disappointed! The story ok,but it just got really boring!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i only read the book in school but i loved it it is best for teenagers and adults
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it's fantastic. I really liked it. I tried doing the trick where you close your eyes and climb Mt. Vesuvia. I gave myself an egg timer. You know, the kind with sand? All the sand was at the bottom. If you read this, Paul Zindel, please tell me what that's supposed to mean. I don't know how you'll reach me but maybe you'll find out. ~Citizen of Ohio
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. It's humorous and it also teaches you some of the most valuable lessons in life! Great book for teens!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book could not be any better then it already is, and i think that Paul Zindel is the best writer in the intirer world keep up the good work Paul i look forward to reading more of your books
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book fo people and kids of all ages. Pual Zindel has writen an outstanding Autobiography with amazing detail. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding! Never have I read such a thrilling autobiography on an author's life. He takes the time, and expresses such detail and characteristics in his teenage life. I recommend buying this book to anyone who enjoys a great relaxing book on a nice pleasant day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought the first 2 books were good, but his true life story is even better. Talk about page turner! This one you'll finish fast than you can say boo!