Friday, June 23, 2017

Piggy's Pancake Parlor

Piggy's Pancake Parlor. David McPhail. 2002. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Piggy grew up on a small farm just below the hilltop village of West Wee. He was the runt of a large litter of pigs. The farm was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Farmer Todd, who took Piggy in because he was weak and underfed.

Premise/plot: Piggy, a runt raised by a farmer and his wife, learns the family's secret recipe for making the BEST PANCAKES EVER. He goes into business with Fox and starts a pancake parlor. These two friends learn many, many things together as the business grows and their customers keep coming back for MORE, MORE, MORE.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It is an early chapter book: 48 pages in length, but nine chapters in total. It is illustrated. I love that the Fox--whom readers first meet IN a hen house stealing eggs--is not the automatic villain. I love that Piggy and his human parents are compassionate and generous. But my favorite FAVORITE aspect of this one was how they use Piggy's interest in TOY TRAINS in the restaurant--with mixed results!!! I loved the story, the characters, the writing.
© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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