Wild, Margaret and Niland, Deborah: This Little Piggy Went Dancing.
Wild, Margaret and Niland, Deborah
This Little Piggy Went Dancing
Allen & Unwin, 2014, pp24, 9.99[pounds sterling]
978 1 74331 511 8
This imaginative expansion of a favourite rhyme gives it new interest, energy and humour. There is a fresh activity on each of the ten double spreads: dancing, visiting, swimming, travelling, riding, splashing, sliding, shopping, sailing and reading all adventures likely to interest lively young children. Each activity follows the same pattern, echoing the original rhyme, and it is this sort of repetition that appeals to the very young. The rhythmic written text calls out for being chanted out loud and I love the way print of different intensity, orientation and size accompanies the final activity on each spread: 'stomp, stomp, stomp' and 'whiz, whiz, whiz' for example. The illustrations, bright, sharp and black-lined, create some lively little personalities; each pig looks different and each one has a turn at being in each role. Visual humour abounds: the 'splashing' spread has the little mouse (that turns up on the pages throughout) stealing the cherries, playfully attached to its tail, from the little piggy that 'had none'. There is a satisfying final page illustration showing one of the pigs, adorned with balloons, running up the path to the house where the other four little pigs are waiting at the windows. This book is bound to encourage lots of talk: I am always surprised at the ability of very young children to point out and comment in the tiniest details in pictures. The miniature items in the shop and the tiny snail, both in the 'This little piggy went shopping 'spread, are bound to be noticed.
In short--this is a book that richly deserves a place in the early years or home collection.