This book grabbed my granddaughter and me immediately. So few writers can write well in rhyme that some publishers refuse to even look at rhyming books. It is a difficult style to accomplish but David MacPhail does it with finesse.
“Late one night/
As I sat reading,/
I thought I heard/
The sound of feeding.”
The story continues to lead us through a man’s encounter with an invasion of hungry, messy pigs. He eventually puts his foot down and forces the pigs to clean up all their mess, brush their teeth, and go to bed. An obvious parallel is made to children. Like parents for their children, he carries the tired ones up to his bed, and they sleep comfortingly together.
The illustrations feature full-page, brightly colored, humorously depicted pictures of pigs up to mischief. Adults will have great fun pointing out the Elvis pig, the Scottish pig, and the pigs representing England and France while children will giggle at the pigs in their underwear, the skateboarder, and the rocker.
The message of forgiveness, inclusion, and unconditional love is humorously portrayed. Don’t be surprised if your child says, “Read it again” when you turn the last page.