Thursday, May 31, 2012

Children's Book Review: Pigsty


Written and illustrated by:  Mark Teague
Published by: Scholastic Inc., 1994

A messy room springs to life in this award-winning story from The New York Times-bestselling author Mark Teague.

Wendell Flutz's room isn't a mess. It's a total pigsty. But Wendell's mother can't get him to clean it up. Wendell doesn't think the mess is so awful. In fact, he doesn't even mind it when one day he discovers a real pig sitting on his bed!

* Mark Teague has written many children's books and is also the illustrator of the How Do Dinosaurs....series by Jane Yolen and the Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant.  In this book Wendell's mother calls his messy room a "pigsty."  Wendell doesn't think it's so bad, but when the pigs start showing up and continue showing up.....maybe it isn't as fun as he thought it was.  In my quest to help my kids keep their rooms clean I added this book to our "messy room" reads.  I think that reading all of these books are helping them see that a lot of kids have difficulty keeping their rooms clean.  Although they continue to make messes in their rooms, they are getting a lot better about cleaning them up.....when they are asked.  I'm waiting for the day when they keep their rooms clean on their own......I may be waiting for awhile!

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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