Since we’ve been doing a lot with the letter P recently–including pizza graphs and the poem “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater”–it made sense in my head to share one of our favorite books about the letter P, Princess Pigtoria and the Pea. And that made me want to include another one of our favorite pig books, Pigsty.
This is really a retelling of The Princess and the Pea using pigs. But what makes Edwards’ version special is the humor and the focus on the letter P. Throughout the book she uses wonderful alliteration and fills the story with animals, foods, and objects that start with the letter P. It’s not only in the wording too. The pictures are filled with “p” objects which makes it a wonderful scavenger hunt. And as I mentioned, the humor is delightful. Pigtoria ends up ditching the pompous prince for the pizza delivery-pig who doesn’t put a pea under her pillows. They go on to open up their own pizza chain. You can’t beat a princess like that.
Wendell Fultz has such a messy room that a pig moves in with him. At first he thinks it’s great and doesn’t mind as more pigs join them. They have fun playing games and making a mess. But eventually Wendell stops having fun. He sees that his stuff is getting broken and there is no room in his room. So Wendell and the pigs clean up his room. The pigs feel the room is too clean for them and they leave him, leaving Wendell no longer living in a pigsty. The girls think the pictures are especially funny. Mark Teague illustrated the How do Dinosaur books (How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? etc.) and you will definitely recognize his style. I enjoy the clever way he shows why we keep our rooms clean and why no one wants to live in a pigsty.