Pignic by Matt Phelan
They've got a basket filled with lunchie-munchies: Pretzel! Pies! Pickles! Plums! They've got a kite.
They are excited. So excited. Watch them skip and leap as they head out for an afternoon of fun.
Who can resist this cover? Mr Phelan gets it right, down to the curly pigtail flourishes on the title letters G and C.
When they reach their destination, problems arise. An exploration leaves them stranded until an animal friend comes to the rescue. When the kite cannot be launched, Phelan provides a brilliant solution that is a clever comic twist on a fairy tale trope. Suddenly the sky darkens. Rain drenches the piglets. It appears that the day is a disaster. Not so. Phelan works his storytelling magic with the perfect solution.
Soft water color images exude personality and are well-suited to the setting. Illustrations give young readers visual cues needed to decode unfamiliar words. Repetitive phrases, limited vocabulary, and large font centered within plenty of white space provide readers additional support.
Pignic is a delightful adventure for young and not-so-young readers.