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In Wibbly's Garden (Wibbly Pig) [Paperback]

Mick Inkpen
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Book Description

5 Nov 2009 Wibbly Pig

Wibbly Pig has lost his little toy, Pigley, and the giant has lost his hen! Will they be able to help each other find their favourite things?

This delightful mix of a Wibbly Pig story with the familiar Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale will delight Mick Inkpen fans everywhere. A perfect book for playtime and bedtime.

Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340997516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340997512
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998. for more information see

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Back for his eighth adventure, the irrepressibly cute Wibbly Pig takes to the garden with a Giant, a chicken which lays golden eggs and his constant companion Pigley in a tale which will delight readers of all ages.

This is the second "lift the flap" book from author Mick Inkpen, and its strong construction will withstand the most vigorous and enthusiastic small hands while its large, clear text is both fun to read and easy to follow.

But it's the illustrations that really make Wibbly Pig stand out from the crowd. The simplicity of the designs allow the characters to shine, leading the reader (or readers) to concentrate on the subject matter.

This is a title which is sure to delight Wibbly fans young and old and makes an excellent addition to any bedtime story bookshelf. (Age 18 months-3years)--Chris Russell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


This beautifully illustrated, 'lift the flap' book is sure to be a favourite of any young child. (You and your baby, Aug 2000)

Gentle and expansive, this story is an intriguing meander with words which are less of a story and more of a friendly prompt to what's happening. A lovely book to share. (The Scotsman, July 2000)

Mick Inkpen's delightful lift-the-flap book...provides a wonderful starting point for word work activities. (Child Education, 8 Aug 2001)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A lovely book, with lots of flaps (some quite complicated with multi-layers) for the youngsters and some bits of humour to appeal to adults. It is a re-take of Jack and the Beanstalk, with some nice bits of natural history at the beginning (it features a vine weavil as Wibbly Pig's companion), with, as usual, a happy ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I came across this at a friend's house and felt we had to have our own copy. This is a smashing flap book with a difference for children from a year. The illustrations are great with the strong colours and clear clean characters you'd expect from Mick Inkpen. Although my children have also really liked Everyone hide from Wibbly Pig, Wibbly climbing a beanstalk and finding a castle in the clouds appealed to me more. I loved the way this book moves on from the simple flap book where you open the flap to see someone is hiding - instead it introduces the toddler (I'd say from 18 months) to a proper story and is therefore more fun for the adult. We love spotting the creepy crawlies on each page and children are excited waiting to near the end to spot Wibbly's pigley and the Giant's hen. It's a nice touch that the Giant gives them a golden egg, which they put in the book of the car as they say goodbye. Thoroughly enchanting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite book 18 April 2005
By Mamai
This book is a real favourite with my one year old and other kids his age. A Jack and the beanstalk twist complete with Giant, castle, golden egg laying hen, insects and of course a car. A real little adventure as Wibbly sets out to look for his toy. This book is reached for again and again. Beautiful illustrations and a happy baby make this an easy read for Mum and Dad too, even when it is over and over again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LIFT-THE-FLAP Wibbly Pig book 26 Feb 2008
from Mick Inkpen.

In this delightful book, Wibbly Pig begins by showing us things in his garden.

From the back cover:-

'In Wibbly Pig's garden there is a BIG surprise for Wibbly, and for you!.....'

14 high quality shiny pages, in the popular 2-page spread format, colourfully illustrated throughout with simple drawings.
Sturdy construction of the various lift-up flaps will ensure the book can be used time and time again.
This super book is further enhanced by charming expressions and short, easy sentences with questions to further stimulate the young reader and, hopefully, a reaction!
Example of text:-

'Have you seen Wibbly Pig?
He's in the garden looking for Pigley. (under the flap)
Wibbly Pig has found (under the 4 flaps on one page).....a ladybird, a caterpillar, a snail, 'one of these' - the latter being the nondescript insect which `hides' on the rest of the pages and adds a further `can you find' dimension - ...and a bean
(but no Pigley).....'
And as Wibbly's search for Pigley lengthens..... that nonchalant purple bean turns out to be more than just `any old bean`...and the rest of the story is a play on a familiar theme!

All is well that ends well and everyone is happy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most inventive lift-the-flap book I know 19 May 2003
The surprising way Mick Inkpen has used the flaps in this story actually made me laugh out loud, yet my two year old son can find his way round the book and likes to hunt for the small insect on each page. It's a great story to read out loud and children can soon learn to repeat the phrases. A twist on Jack in the Beanstalk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wibbley's garden. 11 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating as it is an excellent book. My granddaughter loves the story and lift the flap surprises are ideal for young children. Book was in very good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 8 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son loves it, its a 'jack & the beanstalk' style story with lift ups. book in very good condition
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2.0 out of 5 stars Used but not in good condition 2 Jun 2013
By Jane
Although this book arrived in good time, the book was enlisted as 'good condition', however, this was not the case. Parts of the pop up sections were cellotaped together and overall the book could be described as 'well loved'. Disappointing as I brought it for my class and one child even commented on the 'tattiness' of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Promises much, delivers little
Lift the flap books are usually great. Indeed, one of mine and my sons favourite is everyone hide from wibbly pig. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marc Le Baptiste
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute favourite
It's been one of my daughter's favourite books. We must have read it hundreds of times! She loves lifting the flaps. Perfect for 18-30mths.
Published on 7 April 2012 by KMc
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite with my girls.
Personally I think the story is a little tame & nothing much happens, but then I am 37. However, my daughters have both gone through a phase when this has been their absolute... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars In Wibbly's Garden
Like other Wibbly stories, this one hits just the spot for younger children as my grand daughter will vouch
Published on 15 Dec 2009 by C. J. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book for curious little ones
Like some other reviewers, I was sceptical that the flaps would survive my then 2 year old's enthusiastic attempts at finding all the hidden things, but she's nearly 5 now and her... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by Janet X
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for children of mixed ages
I have an 18 month old and a 4 year old. Sometimes we try and read bedtime stories together, although finding a book that is simultaneously comprehensible to the smallest and... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by Dr. H. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Wibbly's Beanstalk
I found this in a charity shop for 50p when my daughter was 4 months old, and she absolutely loves it. The humour in it appeals to adults so you don't mind reading it. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2007 by Little Flower
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