Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Do Pigs Have Stripes?

Do Pigs Have Stripes?

1996 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
By: Melanie Walsh
ISBN: 0-395-73976-4
Hardcover Price: $15.00
Bold, colorful forms animate this book for younger children, creating a game that builds on visual and verbal tensions. The concept is simple: a question (with a visual clue) is posed on one double-page spread and then answered on the next. Thus, we discover that the abstract shapes that appear on the same page with their question - "Does a bird have a big black wet nose?" - really belong to a friendly, floppy-eared dog. Derivative as it is of Lucy Cousins, Walsh's book offers a benchmark for the kind of visual joy that first books should aspire to.
John Cech   ©1996 Parents' Choice
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the author of a number of children's books and, most recently, of Angels and Wild Things, a scholarly study of the works of Maurice Sendak. (1996 bio)

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