Friday, May 18, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Bed Hogs

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.


Written by: Kelly DiPucchio and Illustrated by: Howard Fine

Hyperion Books for Children 2004
Fiction for ages 2 to 5
(but I think 6-8 year-olds will find it funny too)

Themes: family, cause and effect, counting

Opening and brief synopsis:
In Sooey, South Dakota,
in a sloppy, stuffy sty,
there’s an itchy ol’ straw bed
where the Bed Hogs pile high.

Doesn’t the first stanza just beg to be read?  The book features Little Runt who is squished and squashed and just wants the bed to himself. But as he kicks out his family members one by one, he realizes he needs them and sleeping all alone isn’t as fun as he thought.

Why I like this book:
Those who follow me know that Kelly is one of my favorite picture book authors. Here's a link to a post from when I met her. This is actually her first picture book that was published. The entire story is amazing rhyme also featuring repeating and varying refrains that are so fun to read. I check this book out of the library every once in a while, just for the fun of reading it out loud.

A variety of pig coloring pages can be found here. Other pig activity pages can be found here.

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill. For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.