BOOK REVIEW: Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

Scholastic
July 2016
Hardcover, $24.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Picture Book

4/10

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There are good things about this book. There are almost definitely good things about this book…

But it took this reviewer a second read, specifically with an eye towards the positives, to find them.

On the plus side:

  • The images are kinda cute
  • The story plays on the idea that pigs will eat anything, as much as the reader and the pigs might comment on how the ingredients don’t go together
  • It counts to ten, both forwards and backwards

But it also has:

  • Americanisms
  • Really ugly font
  • Nothing particularly endearing

This would be a good one for fans of pigs, specifically the three little pigs (as there’s a wolf bit a little later on), or for families looking for interesting counting books, or for kids who like mixing weird foods together. 

At a lower price-point, in paperback rather than hardcover, this would be a more justifiable purchase. In the end, it’s not all BAD, it’s just not particularly great, either.

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

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