A colorfully illustrated bedtime tale follows the adventures of Little Pink Pig as his mother looks for him at bedtime, getting all the other animals involved in the search, when actually he really is not lost at all.
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"I tend to see the funny side of things," says Pat Hutchins. Whether it's the light, subtle humor of her first picture book, Rosie's Walk, or the slapstick comedy of Rats!, her special gift of humor is reflected in both words and pictures.
Pat Hutchins was born in Yorkshire, England, one of seven children, and grew up in the countryside of Yorkshire, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist.
She was encouraged by an elderly couple, who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school gave her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew.
She says she tries "to write about what children say and do," and she believes in very simple picture books for the youngest child. But her simple texts and wonderfully vivid pictures manage to convey the most complex emotions. She also has the rare ability to use such basic concepts as time, growth, and change to create imaginative, satisfying books for children. Her ideas come from a variety of sources: listening to her children and their friends, or sometimes from real situations. The idea for The Very Worst Monster came to her when her niece told her she wanted to give her baby brother away. Ms. Hutchins tempered the theme of sibling rivalry by using soft watercolors to make the monster family more lovable. The result is a delightfully wicked monster family that children will wish lived next door.
Pat Hutchins lives in London with her husband, Laurence, also an artist. They have two sons, Morgan and Sam.From Publishers Weekly:
Bright, engaging illustrations and a simple, repetitive text are once again combined in Hutchins's ( Which Witch Is Which? ; The Doorbell Rang ) latest offering, a barnyard comedy of errors. Its hero, a little pink pig, has a snout for trouble. As his mother calls him to bed, the piglet tips over a large apple barrel, making it impossible for sow and son to see or hear each other. Little Pink Pig's mishap sets off a chain of bungles, and as his mother solicits help from the horse, cow, sheep and roosters, the poky piglet can be seen on the facing page, falling into haystacks or tipping over milk barrels, turnip carts and chicken feed. "Wait for me!" he squeals, but to no avail. A final collective braying and calling from all of the animals manages to turn up Little Pig, but not for long--as he makes a comical exit, young listeners will smile in anticipation of the whole silly cycle beginning anew. Hutchins knows how to tickle little funny bones; the target audience will easily follow and roundly enjoy the Chaplinesque plot. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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