A Garden for Pig by Kathryn K. Thurman, illustrated by Lindsay Ward, Kane Miller, 2010
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This book introduces the concept of organic gardening in a fun and unexpected way. Talk about a twist that children will love! It is particularly fun because it is based on a true story, which the author explains at the end of the book. I love the illustrations, which cleverly include some collages that look to be made from old recipe books and farm manuals. Pig is very cute and his facial expressions are priceless as he tries to devise a way to add some variety-and some vegetables-into his boring diet of apples, apples, and more apples.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Personally, I am not a huge fan of bathroom humor, but I can put that aside because it is handled tastefully and also because it is there to demonstrate how the squash seeds got planted. And, because I know most kids will love it.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a fun storytime book for preschoolers. It would be great paired with several other gardening books for a spring or summer story time. Grandpa’s Garden Lunch by Judith Caseley, and And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano come to mind. Neither one is as humorous as A Garden for Pig, but they might work well together.
Who should buy this book? I believe it would be popular in the preschool collection of public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not right on top, but it is a quick and clever read so it deserves a perusal. In the unlikely event that a parent is concerned about the pooping pig, it’s always good to have read the book and be prepared to talk about it.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renee Wheeler, Leominster Public Library
Date of review: November 19, 2014