January 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Smarty Pig by Molly Nero

Smarty Pig is a Children's Picture Book.

The little red-haired pig knew if she wanted to succeed in school, she had better study.  She organizes her notes and makes the best use of her time, all the while her friends make fun of her and call her a "Smarty Pig."

When the grades come in, everyone is disappointed except the little red-haired pig.  The other pigs don't understand how to make words and math work for them.

Smarty Pig comes up with a solution and all she asks for in return, is that they try their best to understand. Will the pigs listen to the little red-haired pig or will they continue to frolic and play?

I thought this was a delightful book with a great moral message to young readers.  I loved how the author expresses the desire to learn and how important it is for each to do the best they are able.  I like to say that perfect takes practice and without even trying, one is only setting themselves up for a downfall.

I loved the illustrations by Monique Turchan.  They are colourful, full of fun and life and there is loads of background "candy" for wee eyes to ponder over.  I thought the pictures were expressive and encouraging.

Smarty Pig is done in a rhyming prose and for the most part it sing-songs along, as expected, but I did find some of the flow to be interrupted by the rhymes, a few of them felt forced.  I would give it a four out of five stars, and look forward to learning more lessons from Smarty Pig.

Smarty Pig Homepage

The school year has started but the pigs have given up on school and aren't doing their homework. All but one, that is. Smarty Pig is working hard. Although she gets teased, her report card shows her hard work, while the others fail. They reach out to her, and she becomes their tutor. By creating games in their home that practice skills, Smarty Pig shows them that they can learn, and it's really fun after all. She helps them understand that learning is not just for school, it's for life. Smarty Pig helps again in Smarty Pig and the Test Taking Terror when the fear of taking a test shuts down Petey Pig. Available in Spring 2012.

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  1. Porky the pig :)

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. famous pig....Wilbur! (from Charlotte's Web) :)

    annae07 at aol dot com

  3. Thanks so much for sharing Smarty Pig with your readers. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it, and the message of doing your best came through. Look for more Smarty Pig stories soon on smartypigbooks.com.

  4. Porky Pig

    My kids love books, thanks for the chance!

    katladyu18 at prodigy dot net

  5. babe

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

  6. Olivia!

  7. Porky the Pig

    amybrow16 (at) insightbb (dot) com

  8. Miss Piggy is a famous pig. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  9. Wilbur! Who can't resist the little guy!

  10. This is such a cute book! My friends' kids and little cousins are getting this one! ;)

  11. I bought this publication on the suggestions of a companion. I have several university age nieces and nephews so I am always looking for guides that would entice them. When I obtained the publication, I study it several periods. The tale was exclusive, academic, interesting and down right fun! I provided the publication to my cousin who is eight decades of age.

  12. Thanks for introducing me to this book! I love it! I can't wait to get it for my students. I'm a new follower and look forward to reading your posts!