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The Piggy in the Puddle

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  213 ratings  ·  51 reviews
See the piggy,
See the puddle,
See the muddy little puddle.
See the piggy in the middle
Of the muddy little puddle.
And so begins this rollicking story-in-verse about a determined young pig who absolutely refuses to leave her mud puddle -- much to the dismay of her family!
Charlotte Pomerantz's tongue-twisting nonsense verse -- made even more exuberantly hilarious by James Mar...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 31st 1989 by Aladdin (first published 1974)
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Jim Erekson
Best read-aloud ever! James Marshall was at his best. I loved playing with prosody in this one to help people talk about what the characters were trying to do.
This book was amusing. Before she read it to her daughters, my son and I, my friend Joanne informed me it was one of her favorite. The best part of the book to me was Joanne's reading! She gave the different characters different voices and demeanors and had the girls laughing and filling in words as she went. It was clearly a crowd pleaser in their household.

The rhythm of the book reminded me of my husband reading Dr. Suess, which is also as much of a performance as a read. However, I personally...more
Wendy Daniel
The number of rhymes in this story is fascinating. The phonological awareness is evident in how many fun rhymes and clever iterations there are throughout the story. There are many different ways for these kiddos to enjoy making these sounds with adults. I especially like to read this book with children ages 2-4 years old. They particularly love the fact that the piggies love the mud and do everything to avoid the soap!
I loved, loved, loved this book! So much fun to read aloud:

See the piggy,
See the puddle,
See the muddy little puddle.
See the piggy in the middle
Of the muddy little puddle.

Really cute book. And I liked the message: loosen up and just enjoy the mess every once in awhile.
Beth Dufraine
Feb 04, 2009 Beth Dufraine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Beth by: Saw it on Reading Rainbow
Shelves: 5-stars
This fun story about a disobedient piggy that doesn't want to get out of a muddy puddle, reminds me of the Dr. Seuss books.
Charlotte Pomerantz's tongue-twisting silly verses combined with the hilarious illustrations by James Marshall are sure to delight both children and adults.

After seeing this book showcased on Reading Rainbow and how much my kids enjoyed it, as well as myself, I had to get it.
This silly little piggy became one of my youngest daughter's favorites. She used to ask for it by say...more
Mar 22, 2009 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: childrens
My 3 year old absolutly loves this book.
I am to read it to her, over and over and over again, which to my pleasure I enjoy doing so.
It is extremely cute and sing songy.
She loves to say..."Oofy Poofy NOPE"

luckily she still uses soap

The Piggy in the Puddle
Tongue-twisting verse about a pig in a mud puddle and how at first her family disapproves, but then lets loose and jumps in to join her!

Full color illustrations by Marshall add to the humor with pigs all dressed up in proper clothes while enjoying the mucky mud.

Good read aloud, but one that will require lots of practice on account of all the tongue twisters (think Fox in Socks, though not quite as tough).
Kristin Lee
This is a cute tongue-twisting poem. The little piggy does not want to stop playing in the mud puddle even though his mother, father, and brother want him to stop. In the end, the whole family decides to jump into the mud puddle and play with the little pig. This reminds me of when children are outside playing in the rain even though they are being told to come inside, they still choose to stay outside.
"See the piggy in the puddle, in the very muddy puddle. See her waddle fat and little in the very, merry middle." This was one of my favorite books as a child and find myself quoting it often to my own children, "Ooshy, Squooshy, Ooshy, Squooshy, what we need is lots of soap!" However, I haven't ever been able to find a copy to actually read to my children.
Crackling with lipsmackingly silly rhyme and hilarious James Marshall illustrations, this book is like read aloud popcorn — I bet you can’t stop after just one page.

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I love this book. I read it in a compilation book, but I think it would be so much better with the full size illustrations. The rhythm is so fun, I find myself saying lines at random times. Here's a great one...

"See her dawdle, see her diddle/In the muddy, muddy middle/See her waddle, plump and little,/In the very merry middle"
Natalie walks into storytime and says "excuse Mrs A, Pig on that book." sadly, she had already read it to we took it home. NOT what i was expecting or I wouldn't have offered it as a bedtime choice - too long and hard for me to read cold upside down. But, read under different circumstances, its fun, repetitous word play.
This book is all about silly rhymes and rhythms. My kids love this silly piggy! We've read it countless times.

I don't much care for the naughty piggy who doesn't listen to her parents, but my kids don't really ask my opinion about stuff like that.

A fun book to read with your little ones.
Katie Jackson
The piggy was in the puddle and everyone told her to get out. She was dirty and needed a bath but she refused. She liked being in the puddle. Soon everyone in her family joined in and jumped in the puddle. They all liked it there even when Piggy told them they needed baths.
My dad read this to my younger sister back in the day, oh how I loved that each of the characters had their own voice. Now that I am the parent reading to my wee ones, the story is just not right without the voices and everyone yelling together, "Nope!" Love this book!
I love this book. It is one that my parents would read to my brothers and I when we were young. Then quote it on and off even now! "Squishy Squashy oofy poofy nope!" This is one that kids will enjoy listening to and you will enjoy reading. Lots of fun!
Just read this with my nursery school kids (after not having read it in years).
They LOVED its silliness and its rhymes....and yesterday we had a huge mud puddle and they remembered pohrases from the book and were using them on the playground!
When I read it the first time I thought it was a bit much- a little too wordy. But I found myself quoting it and I have checked it out from the library a few times. It is so fun to read aloud, especially once you get comfortable with all the words.
Elaine Davis
This was my daughters favorite book. It is a tongue twister for the adult trying to read the book but the sequence of words kept my daughters attention all the way through, over and over and over again. She loved the piggies in the mud puddle.
Haley's favorite book of all time, and thus, my favorite book of all time too. I used to be able to recite it by memory, and I hope to be able to do that again soon. I never knew a 3-5.5 month old could love books so much!
Sondra Caserio
This one was actually my moms favorite one to read to us. She checked it out from the children's section again and again. And since I loved being read to by my mom, it became a silly favorite of mine as well!
Hannah Vincent
This is seriously my favorite children's book of all time. I loved it when I was a kid and I love it now. The story is whimsical and easy on the ears (best read aloud) and the illustrations are beautiful.
Aug 25, 2007 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: who wouldn't I recommend it to?
This book was my very favorite book when I was 2...and I still read it for a giggle now and then. It is also the book responsible for my very first swear word, which I still use today: "Oofy poofy".
For phonological fun, this is about as good as it gets! Very much like the bouncy "Bubble Trouble" by Margaret Mahy, this is a great read-aloud but requires a bit of practice prior to reading.
Oct 11, 2011 Emily added it
Shelves: picture-books
Can't wait to try this one out in storytime! So much fun to read.

Update: Best. Read-aloud. EVER. I actually got applause for this in storytime today.

Laura, you won't like it.
God this book was amazing. Love seeing the stop-motion animation trailer on Reading Rainbow. Forget Fox in Socks, this is one of the best rhyming nonsense books in the universe.
It's a fun rhyming book about a little piggy in a puddle. (the little piggy is disobedient, so it's not one for discussing character!!)
My girls love it (ages 4,3,2)
Mariah Smith
What a delightful, funny, rhythmic read-aloud! I am going to see how I might follow it up with a little dancing to Piggy in the Middle for library storytime.
So Many Rhymes! So Little Time! The Piggy in the Puddle is full of hilariously fun piggy time.

Used for "What a Mess!Storytime-October, 2010.
Mrs Bond
One by one the piggy family jumps into the mud. Read aloud would be fun, but tricky with this one. Lots of repetition and similar sounds.
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