Piggie Pie



Raucous read-aloud spooks some, enchants others.

What parents need to know

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Violence & scariness

A wicked witch wants to eat piggies and the Big Bad Wolf wants to eat her. Funny for some young ones, scary for others.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that sensitive kids may not be ready for the scary-looking witch or Big Bad Wolf in this story. But just like the movie Monsters, Inc., this silly book helps kids make light of things they find scary at first glance. Gritch the Witch is a meanie, but dressed-up pigs really get the better of her.

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What's the story?

Gritch the Witch is hungry and a craving for piggie pie sends her looking for eight succulent little pigs to complete her recipe. But when she gets to Old MacDonald's pig farm they are nowhere in sight. Where could they be?

Is it any good?


The illustrations are suffused with colors with soft edges that make a potentially scary witch more little-kid-friendly. Still, sensitive kids may be spooked. The final picture, where the Big Bad Wolf daydreams about the witch's head in a hamburger bun, sounds scarier than it looks, but may be a bit much for some kids. The pigs, in their clever farmyard disguises, will delight kids whose eyes are certainly sharper than old Gritch the Witch's.

Written for read-alouds, this book begs for an animated storyteller. Frustrated actors reading to their preschoolers will delight in Gritch's over-the-top dialogue. With sly tributes to at least three popular kids' stories (Wizard of Oz, Old MacDonald, and The Three Little Pigs), this is sure to be a popular read-aloud -- and with adult help, kids can get in on the jokes, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the clever mentions of other popular children's stories. Can you spot them? After checking out the book, adults can find the originals for a refresher. Kids can also talk about what scares them and why the witch wants to be scary but is quite silly instead.

Book details

Author:Margie Palatini
Illustrator:Howard Fine
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Clarion Books
Publication date:September 18, 1995
Number of pages:32
Read aloud:4
Read alone:8
Award:ALA Best and Notable Books

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Parent of a 11, 12, and 20 year old Written byPurleisPretty May 21, 2010

Never read this book - But Geek Chic is a fabulous book

My child did not read this book but she did read Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone by the same author, Maggie Palatini. My child is not an avid reader and always makes reading her last item on her agenda. The rating I have listed above is not for this book, it is for Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone.


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