Piggybook

Piggybook

Book - 1990
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Illus. in full color. "Mr. Piggott and his sons are a male chauvinist lot who, outside of yelling for their dinner, don't exercise themselves much around the house. When Mrs. Piggott finally tires of the endless chores that sandwich her workday, she leaves the menfolk on their own, with a note saying, 'You are pigs.' With the cooking and housework untended, they soon turn genuinely porcine, a transformation Browne foreshadows with pig faces on the wallpaper, vases, fireplace, phone. As in most of Browne's art, there is more than a touch of irony and visual humor here. Fun to read aloud."-- Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.nbsp;nbsp;
Publisher: New York :, Dragonfly Books,, [1990]
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9780679808374
Branch Call Number: P BRO
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm

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evaquin Sep 25, 2015

Piggybook tells the story of a family of four. Both the father and the two boys lean heavily on the mother’s shoulders: she’s the only one who cooks and cleans, and on top of everything she has a job, whereas the husband and the two boys do nothing at home and just go out to their “very important” job and classes, respectively. One day the mother cannot take it any longer and leaves them to do it all by themselves, but instead of doing the house chores, they just keep on with their transformation from human to pigs. In the end of the book she comes back and they beg her to stay; she does, but now the man and the boys have learned their lesson and they all share the house chores.

Piggybook is a humorous book with a very clear message: the house chores are everyone’s responsibility, and mistreating mom can lead to disastrous consequences.

Anthony Browne is an award-winner writer and illustrator with a creative career spanning more than four decades. Browne has won many highly prestigious awards, among them the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000. Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Anthony Browne started as a medical illustrator and card designer, before turning to illustration and authoring his first written and illustrated book in 1976: Through the Magic Mirror. He often chooses anthropomorphic gorillas as the main characters of his books.

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