7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2008
Disaster waits in the form of a wild-eyed, drooling wolf, but you couldn't prove it by Preston the Pig. Children meet him on his way home from school, the wolf's shadow lurking ominously behind him "when SUDDENLY!" the young porker remembers his mother had asked him to go to the store. Many more hilariously breathtaking moments follow as he unknowingly foils the predator. Colin McNaughton peppers the narrative with big, bold use of the word "SUDDENLY," and readers are sure they will turn the page to discover fat little Preston locked in the beast's mangy jaws. Instead, the wolf encounters one disaster after another: falling off the school roof; swallowing a big, tough bully; and crashing a steamroller into a wall. When the pig arrives home, it looks like he may meet his nasty fate as a strangely lupine silhouette lurks at the kitchen sink. True to Preston's luck, it is only his mother, who turns around to give him a big hug. Young readers will delight in knowing more than the happily oblivious porcine hero. This story will make a good combination with other fairy tales in which all the pigs might not experience such a happy ending, and is a refreshing relief from the classic tale where the only way to save your hide is to be smart, industrious, and build a very strong house. Brilliantly fun that's perfect for young audiences. I liked this book a lot when I was 5 and I still like it now even though I am 10! I am sure that even grown ups as old as 100 (and beyond) will love the humour in this hilarious work of genius. So, if you see you now know you should take hold of it and take it home, make a cup of tea and enjoy it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2002
This book is very useful for predictive work. It easy to encourage children to talk about 'what happens next..?'. With the illustrations telling a different story than the text, it leads itself to discussions about how pictures tell stories too. Useful for beginner readers and for more able readers. It has a very similar theme to 'Rosie's Walk' by Pat Hutchins.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2008
I read this story to my class and they throughly enjoyed it. In their own words the story was fabulous, brilliant, exciting, excellent, funny and really really good.
We would recommend this story to everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2007
This is a fantastic funny book! We like this book because of the characters Preston Pig and Mister Wolf. We think children between four and eight would really enjoy this book. Our favourite part is ehrn Mister Wolf is kicked out of the shop for trying to eat Preston! This made us laugh!
on 5 December 2013
My 5 yr old son absolutely loves this book. He laughs every time the wolf gets hurt in the process of trying to catch Preston the Pig.
No harm comes to the little pig, but the big bad wolf reaches the Wolf Hospital. I have been requested to read this hilarious book over and over again - its one of his favourites! I did not buy this book - got it from the school library. My son enjoyed it so much that I thought that this book deserves a review. :)
on 5 December 2013
My 5 1/2 yr old son loves this book - he finds it funny and laughs every time the wolf goes crashing down on the floor. The wolf is unable to catch the little pig who is unaware of the danger lurking around. The book has a pleasant ending - little pig safely reaches home and gets a big hug from his mother, and the wolf is being taken to 'Wolf Hospital' which, again is quite funny! All in all - a nice, enjoyable book.