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Alice's Birthday Pig

by Tim Kennemore

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I first discovered this funny beginning chapter book trilogy almost 10 years ago. Not only was it hilarious and spot-on, it was not overwhelmingly British and it has a guinea pig!

Alice, in addition to her wacky little sister Rosie and her supercilious older brother Oliver, has a problem - she can't pronounce "animal". When her teacher announces that the class topic will be farm animals, Alice gloomily looks forward to a semester of teasing. And when her class takes a field trip to a farm and Alice finds an unexpectedly adorable little pig, she knows that more disappointments are in store. However, in a surprise ending, Alice gets her a pet, Oliver is vanquished, and even Rosie is temporarily dismayed.

This is a classic "in the middle" story; Alice's trials and triumphs as a middle child and her longing for a pet of her own will resonate with children no matter their birth order! The illustrations are sweet and just a little zany, just like Alice's family.

Who will read this? Beginning chapter readers who are fluent but not ready for longer books; kids who enjoy funny family stories, and any kids who have sibling woes.

Bring it back? Well....I'd love it to be available, but I have to admit it has not circulated in my library as I'd hoped, even when I used it for a book club. It's a little challenging for the reading level of most kids who are reading beginning chapters and there are a lot of beginning chapter series out there. It's a great read-aloud but there are plenty of copies still floating around.

Availability? The trilogy is out of print, but it's available as a digital audio (which I personally own). My library still owns the hardcovers, which are in good condition.

ISBN: 978-0802853356; Published March 2008 by Eerdmans
  JeanLittleLibrary | Oct 25, 2011 |
NCLA Review - ALICE'S BIRTHDAY PIG. Kennemore, Tim. 54p, Eerdmans 2008, 978-0-8028-5335-6, $12.00 [E]
On a class field trip to a farm, a little pig talks to Alice and follows her everywhere. When she gets home, Alice has trouble pronouncing the word animal, and her brother teases her terribly about it. Alice does manage to tell about the day and the pig. She wants the pig for her birthday but her parents have a different idea. It is a nice story, but if you have limited space for secular titles in your library I would not recommend it. Ages 7-10. Rating: 2—NP ( )
  ncla | Nov 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802853358, Hardcover)

When she meets an adorable pig on her classs special outing to a farm, Alice decides thats what she wants most for her eighth birthday. Shed also like to learn to say the word animal properly so that her older brother Oliver will stop teasing her about it. Oliver is smart and talented, but Alice hates it that he thinks he knows everything. Alice also has to contend with her baby sister Rosie, a toddling tornado who continually leaves disaster in her wake. This charming novel will have readers cheering for in-the-middle Alice as she finds a clever way to outwit her brother and amaze her sister win an unexpected birthday surprise.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:03 -0400)

Alice's brother teases her mercilessly because she cannot say the word "animal" correctly, but she gets her revenge on her birthday.

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