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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Playful Pigs From A to Z by Anita Lobel

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're jumping aboard the edutainment train with a title that's part Picture Book, part ABC Primer, adding up to a whole lot of enjoyment for readers of all ages.  So, if you're ready, join me in the sunny meadows of imagination as we discover today's book of choice...

Anita Lobel
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

This is a journey through your ABC's like none you've taken before.  With an earthy, rich color palette and soft, gentle illustrations, your eyes will be delighted with every turn of the page.  Right from the start of the text, we discover that these 26 piglets are not only here for educational purposes, but are ready for an adventure.  Boy do they deliver!  From Amanda in her adorable outfit Admiring an "A' to wonderful Wanda watering her "W", there is fun to be had from A to Z...and a few surprises too!  (Hint:  Look at the bottom corners in each frame.  There's something added that starts with the same letter as featured on each page!)

So whether you're interested in harnessing the learning power it possesses or simply an adorable venture through the alphabet with some porcine friends to lead the way, this is definitely a Picture Book/Primer that should be on your wish list...or even perhaps on your wall.  How so?  Right back to those illustrations.  I could easily see with no stretch of the imagination these pages becoming framed images in a child's nursery, classroom, or library.  Just a thought.


About the author...

Author self portrait

Anita Lobel is well known and well loved by picture-book fans young and old, most recently for Taking Care of Mama Rabbit, 10 Hungry Rabbits, and Lena’s Sleep Sheep. She received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street, and her memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Ms. Lobel lives in New York City. She enjoyed revisiting the alphabet and painting an ABC parade of pigs in costumes for this book. You can visit her gallery of animals and other paintings, as well as see a complete list of her books, at


Special thanks to Cassie at Random House Children's Books for the review copy and chance to bring this title to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or their growing catalog, be sure to click through the links provided above.  This title just reached publication July 14th, 2015 via Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

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