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Piggybook

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  467 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Mr Piggott and his two sons behave really badly to poor Mrs Piggott until finally, she walks out. Left to fend for themselves, the male Piggotts undergo some curious changes.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Walker Books Ltd (first published 1986)
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Bonnie
Jun 21, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read to and with kids; and appreciates artwork that adds depth to the story
Anthony Browne: named the UK’s Children’s Laureate in June, 2009.

I love this book – and so did the kids in the many classes I have read it to. Usually, we would read it twice – straightaway – because it isn’t only the printed word, but the illustrations that add depth and texture to this richly layered picture book.

No getting around it: the males in the Piggott family are chauvinistic pigs. Dad and the two boys consider it their right to make demands upon the only female in the household, thei
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Lindsay
Nov 29, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I couldn't help but laugh while reading this book as I pictured my mother trying to discourage me from dating as a teenager by claiming that "all men are pigs!" Clearly Mrs. Piggot is also a scorned woman as you can see by the cover of this story in which she is symbolically carrying her family the way she carries the load of responsibilities at home. As usual, Browne has incorporated many symbols into his work to enhance whatever social issue he is aiming to highlight. In this story his use of ...more
Ross Oates
Piggybook by Anthony Browne is a book about a family of two boys, a father and a mother. The father and the two boys in the family treat poor Mrs. Piggott (the mother) like a maid and she is burdened with having to do all of the housework before going to work every day. One day the mother decides she has had enough when she doesn't come home and leaves a note calling them pigs. The men in the house are left to take care of themselves and eventually, turn into pigs (literally). The mother returns ...more
Nicole
Nov 29, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Browne has again made a picturebook that questions the status quo, challenges societies stereotypes and makes readers question gender roles that still plague our contemporary lives. What I love about Browne's books is that he pushes the genre of childrens literature into uncharted waters, never underestimating the young readers he writes his books for. Piggybook is the story of a young family who discover that they have been taking advantage of the sole female in the house, by expecting ...more
Tiffany
Nov 29, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Where to start with this book? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Unfortunately, the story reminded me a lot of my childhood. My mom did everything for all of us, although she never left! I can see that Browne was trying to show what society thinks of women as wives and mothers.

The illustrations were my favorite part of the book, by far! Just by "noticing" things on the cover, I saw that the woman was the only one who wasn't smiling and she looked like she was carrying the family. As
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Anna Harris
Oct 24, 2011 Anna Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the Piggott family – Mr. Piggott, Mrs. Piggott, and their sons Simon and Patrick. Poor Mrs. Piggott is lumbered with having to do all of the housework and clearing up after the rest of her family before going to work, every single day, until one day she decides to take a stand!
This is an absolutely fantastic and very cleverly illustrated picture book, which would be enjoyed and appreciated by children in KS1 or lower KS2 – I actually worked with a class of year 3 children on t
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Laura Hayden
Piggy Book
By Anthony Browne
While I hope our families have evolved over the last quarter century the book shows how cooperation within a family is extremely helpful for its members. The story is about the Piggott Family, funny because they become little pigs in the middle of the story, which is made up of dad, mom, and two little boys. The three males in the story take advantage of their working wife and mother when it comes to taking care of the household chores and feeding and caring of the fam
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Jacklyn
Mar 15, 2016 Jacklyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Piggybook by Anthony Browne is about the Piggot family. Ms. Piggot does everything in the house; she makes food, cleans the house, does laundry, and works, too. One day, Ms. Piggot decided to take off. Mr. Piggot and his two sons, Simon and Patrick finally realize how much Ms. Piggot has done and wish she back. The cover is bordered and framed. In the frame, there is a woman who carries a man and two boys on her back and she looks unhappy. Later on in the book the readers will discover that the ...more
Christa Parks
Sep 29, 2015 Christa Parks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right from the cover it is clear that there will be a lot to interpret in this story. "Why are the two boys and the dad on the mom's back?" Maybe the mom is a strong woman who works hard to take care of her family and the smiling boys and husband really appreciate that. However, assumptions may fly out the window when we realize how much the mother is taken for granted and underappreciated by the rest of the family. When mom decides to leave the guys they slowly turn into pigs and start acting l ...more
Allison
Piggybook by Anthony Browne takes the social norms and stereotypes that are associated with moms and exposes them so that audiences learn to appreciate all that their mothers do for them. This story follows the Piggott family throughout their everyday life. The father and sons eat meals prepared by Mrs. Piggott, sleep in a house cleaned by Mrs. Piggott, and wear clothes laundered by her, too. On top of all the chores Mrs. Piggott is responsible for, she also has a job to go to. The Piggott boys ...more
Jenni Golisch
Anthony Browne uses, and overuses, the reference to pigs to make his point in this book. Mr. Piggott and his sons not only turned to pigs themselves when they mistreat their wife and mother, but their entire house turns to pigs. There are pigs on the wallpaper, door handles, light switches, and even in the messy dishes. Anthony Browne also uses color to show the difference in characters. In the beginning of the story, we do not see the mother's face. She is shown in dull, faded colors while the ...more
Michael Mendoza
Sep 22, 2015 Michael Mendoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I will say that this book delivered a very odd but meaningful story. yet as far as the book itself goes the level of detail between the pictures is very interesting. in some cases it almost reads like a graphic novel where the pictures move and have the reader transition from page to page and other times it looks as though the pictures are coming out of the page. Browne did an amazing job with this as the borders serve the book well in the overall transition of the story. One thing that did stan ...more
Karalee Hoge
Sep 20, 2015 Karalee Hoge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Anthony Browne is a master of adding the smallest details to a picture in such a subtle way that you don't truly notice them unless you are looking closer on a second read.

In this story a husband and his two ungrateful children are left to fend for themselves after his wife leaves them and calls them pigs.

At the onset of the story the father and sons are drawn so that your attention is focused right on them. They are in the center of the page and demand that you look at them. Even the way the
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Elizabeth Menchaca
Mr. Piggott Lives in a nice house with his wife and two sons Patrick and Simon “Hurry up with the meal” they demand; every day Mrs. Piggott tends to the daily house chores, cooks breakfast, lunch, dinner and goes to work. Meanwhile, after getting home from “his very important job” and “their very important school” her husband and sons sit lazily on the couch and watch T.V. They never help Mrs. Piggott or show her any appreciation. One day Mrs. Piggott finally gets fed up with their chauvinistic ...more
Sarah Ravel
Sep 24, 2014 Sarah Ravel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Browne's Piggybook is both an engaging story and thoughtful feminist critique on traditional gender roles. The story opens introducing a family of four, a dad, two boys and the mom. The first illustration shows the dad and two boys standing proudly outside the home. The mom, however, is absent from the picture. The text tells us that mom is inside, working. This theme continues as we see the men of the house sitting at the breakfast table, mouths open, waiting to be fed breakfast. Again, ...more
Ben Clark
Sep 24, 2014 Ben Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mischievous tone and wry humour of "Piggybook" begin with its front cover. In a play on the word "piggyback," a man and two young boys ride upon the back of an overburdened woman (who we assume is their wife and mother). The man and boys are grinning while the mother's face is impassive and stoic.

Turning the page, we see the man and boys (Mr. Piggot, Simon, and Patrick) standing in front of their house grinning stupidly while their mother is absent from the image entirely. We learn, somewhat
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Abby Spiel
Mr. Piggott lives with his two sons and extremely submissive wife, Mrs. Piggott. Mr. Piggott and his children are clearly the "men" around the house. They order Mrs. Piggott around all day and she fulfills their requests. Mrs. Piggott does everything from cleaning to cooking, until one day she builds up the courage to leave her and her "pigs" to fend for themselves.

This book was so frustrating at first! I was reading it thinking, "This is no way to treat a mother and I hope the children that re
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Stacey Orlando
Piggybook is the story of an ungrateful husband and two ungrateful sons who walk all over their mother. She does all the cleaning, preparing, and cooking for the three guys are in shown no appreciation; the men all sort of expect it. One day, the mom decide to leave them a note, "your'e all pigs." The boys find this note and to their dismay, the woman has left them. They are now stuck doing everything for themselves and without any skill. Soon enough, they all morph into pigs and the house becom ...more
Jenna Smith
Sep 20, 2014 Jenna Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and scorned Mrs. Piggott is. After working tirelessly for her chauvinistic husband and sons by cooking them breakfast, lunch and dinner, doing their laundry and ironing, cleaning the house and going to work herself, only to come home to a another thankless evening, she had simply had enough. Mrs. Piggott left the home with a simple note, "You are pigs," and left the children and her husband to fend for themselves. After days of no Mrs. Piggott to cook or c ...more
Jayne Hill
Apr 15, 2014 Jayne Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Piggybook is a very interesting, well written book. The author Anthony Browne tackles the concept of gender stereotypes in this story about a small family, appropriately named the Piggotts. The book tells us how Mrs Piggott handles all the house work, cooking, in addition to attending her own job. Mr Piggott and their two boys just focus on work and school, taking Mrs Piggott's hard work for granted. One day Mrs Piggott decides not to come home, leaving the males to fend for themselves. Mr Piggo ...more
Bonnieyayaleyyy
Apr 12, 2014 Bonnieyayaleyyy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted by the title of the book. From the cover, you wouldn't know why it's called "Piggybook," I mean, there's no piggy on the book cover. As I started to dig into the book, I found the most essential part of this book is in the pictures. At the beginning, there were just a few pig pictures in the ads or cereal cartons. Then, in the next page, I started to see Mom's appearance but we cannot see her face also, Mom's background color is yellowish and somewhat lonely. We can easily see th ...more
Bao Chau
Sep 10, 2014 Bao Chau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the story as about Mr.Piggot family. Mrs. piggot was a very hard working women. she did everything for her family. she took care of her husband and her two sons. everyone else in the family doesn't do anything just her. Mrs.piggot work, cook, clean the house and everything else. once day, she was too tired of do all the house work without her family help, she walked away and left a note in the table. her family was desperate when she left. after few days, her family missed her so much. because s ...more
Joseph Shea
Oct 29, 2014 Joseph Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book talks about a father and two children who keep their asking their wife or mother to do their clothes or cook their food on a daily basis and the wife decides to leave the house for some reason. When the mother leaves, the father and his two sons are left to do the chores on their own and get to the point where the house looks like a pigsty and they turn into pigs. At the end of the story, the wife comes back and the husband and kids plead with her to help them and they end up helping th ...more
Victoria Cifarelli
Anthony Browne really shows an important lesson in this story. It is the story of a family. A mother, father, and two sons. The mom is only taking care of her family, cleaning, cooking, and going to a job during the day. The boys and her husband are never acknowledging any of her hard work and are even being rude sometimes. The mom decides to leave one day and leaves a note telling them they are pigs. They all realize how much they need her once she is gone. The house becomes are horrible mess a ...more
Katherine
Sep 30, 2014 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that brings up a lot of controversial topics. It questions the norm of society, and gender roles. In this book, the husband and sons are very demanding of the mother in the book, and she gets so fed up she eventually leaves. The men realize that they cannot live without her, and beg her to come home. This is a book that I would want to read to a child over the age of 9, so that they can recognize the issues that are being presented. For a children's book, it brings up a lot of rea ...more
Leslie
Jun 26, 2012 Leslie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Every family needs to read this book. Every. Night. Until they die. After reading it with me last night for the first time, Nash looked at me quizzically, his head turned sideways with one magnificently bushy eyebrow raised in the Spock style, as if to say - Hey, you're trying to teach me something here, aren't you mom. Knock it off.

Mom - 1
Whiny Kids - 0

This is an awesome book.
Helen Louden
Mum gets fed up of doing on the housework, going out to work and doing all the cooking and then washing up. She calls her husband and two sons “pigs” and leaves them to fend for themselves. They soon find themselves living in squalor, and when mum returns they have turned into pigs. They plead with her to return which she does and the husband and boys begin to help around the house, leaving her free to fix the car! Throughout the book the illustrations begin to show the motif of pigs eg on the w ...more
Brittany Steadman
Piggybook was a really interesting book about a family who doesn't show enough appreciation for all the Mom does for them. I think children can all relate to this, as many kids don't show enough appreciation for their parents at times. This book can be described as Feminist, but I believe it's simply a great message to kids and families about showing respect and appreciation to those you love. I liked how the book used pigs as symbolism and how it showed the Father acting as a negative role mode ...more
Sarah Finley
Apr 10, 2014 Sarah Finley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Piggybook by Anthony Browne is a delightful read about a family who doesn't treat the mom very well. I think that the illustrations were brilliant, the dad and two young boys turn into pigs when the mom leaves and forces them to do everything that they used to expect her to do. When they realize how hard she works and finally respect her, they turn back into humans. This is a good example of respect and how to treat others. The mom did so much for her family but they still bossed her around and ...more
Courtney Watson
Sep 24, 2014 Courtney Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The front cover of Piggybook starts with humor of a little family, and has the mom in the book carrying everyone through life. It conveys who the hard worker in the family will be. Once the mother is gone, the father and two kids become pigs in the story because they have relied too much on their mother. Again, the pictures show every little detail of shadows from the light. The drawings are sometimes separated for the different tasks the mother does with borders much like a comic strip. It make ...more
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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