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Little Pig Joins the Band

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Little Pig has trouble keeping up with his older--and bigger--brothers and sisters. When they get out Grandpa's old marching-band instruments, Little Pig is too little to play any of them. But when the disorganized band has a pig-pile mishap, Little Pig has a BIG idea: They could use a leader.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Charlesbridge Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Little Pig Joins the Band is a simple and sweet story full of jokes, musical puns, and lovely illustrations. Also, a great book design!

Luisa Knight
A cute way to introduce a couple of instruments within a story to your tot. And be prepared to giggle a little too - music practice isn't all hard work!

Ages: 3 - 6


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Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, instruments requests
Shelves: picture-book, pigs
I tried this in storytime, because I enjoy the story of someone little finding a way to help and participate. However, even though the story was well received, I think it is better as a lap book, all the little comments don't really work real well with large (60) groups. 11/4/11

On a side note David Costello is a wonderful author to have as a program. Our Preschool said, he was "a real treat!" His six foot tall giraffe puppet is absolutely amazing! He also plays the kazoo and ukelele. He introduc
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book's illustrations grabbed me right from the get-go. I enjoyed the plot as well and think it would be a nice book for storytime. It might be difficult because of the characters' dialogues being separate from the story (similar to speech bubbles) but I think it will be okay. I will try it out for storytime soon.
Sarah W
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I read on the new Reading Rainbow app. Levar Burton narrating was a lot of fun.
Amy Layton
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
I LOVE the Little Pig series, and this book is just as amazing as the other!  The watercolor is incredible, the story is adorable, and it's an all-around genuine book that's full of puns.  

So--the illustrations.  David Hyde Costello pointed out a few things in his illustrations that made me realize just how detailed everything is.  I mean, just flip to a random page!  Costello took the time to create a floor plan for Poppy's house, and spent the time drawing background photos, books, and everyth
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-4th
All of little pig's siblings (cousins?) find a marching band instrument to play, but they're all too big for him, so he ends up leading them. As a grownup, I thought the funniest part was the little dialogue back and forth between the siblings and little pig ("a kazoo?" "Gesundheit!"). The humor might go over the little kid's heads, but maybe it could be explained. It would definitely be fun to ask the kids if they knew what instrument was on the page next, since the illustrations are uncluttere ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little Pig tries several different instruments, but he's too little for all of them. Just when he's decided he's too little to join the band, he realizes he could be the band leader. A cute pick for a music-themed storytime, as it mentions lots of different instruments which you could then talk about with the kids.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book ended up being read daily by my 3 year old son. He loved the simple storyline and learned the names of the instruments - plus we practiced all the sounds they made. A fun book with a great message, that even if you are little you still can lead.
Kelly Carey
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is sweetness and humor on every page. Little pigs and siblings everywhere will feel Little Pigs frustration and cheer at his triumph.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A good selection for a musical family, or a child that is just a born leader. ;)
Donna Mork
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little pig is too little to do a lot of things, but he finds he can still be a leader.
Emmett Griffo
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Theme: pigs, instruments, music, family, Perseverance

This story is a great introduction to instruments and marching band. It's a great story that also could teach youngsters about never giving up no matter how small you are; there is always something you can do to help others.

We also listened to the audio of this book and it makes it even more magical!
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1. Rating: 5
2. A book review from Children's Literature says, "Little Pig does not enjoy being called "Little Pig" instead of his real name, Jacob. When his older brothers and sisters take out Grandpa's old band instruments, Little Pig is very disappointed to be too small to play any of them. As each sibling takes an instrument and begins to march, however, he notes their disorganization. He decides they need a leader. With an ear and double-page-splitting "TWEET" in a red blast of color from a
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
His family all call Jacob, Little Pig, and he is the smallest in his family. So when his siblings get out his Grandpa’s old marching-band instruments, Little Pig has trouble finding one that fits him. He’s far too small for the drums, too little for the trumpet and trombone, and don’t even ask about the tuba! All he can do is watch as his older brothers and sisters march around the room. But when they come to a crashing stop, Little Pig knows just how he can join the band after all.

This simple s
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Jacob, known to everyone as Little Pig, can't find an instrument to suit him when the family opens up a box of old musical instruments. After all, he's too little. As he watches everyone have fun, Little Pig makes all sorts of observations on the action until he finally finds his place as the leader of the band. I liked how the young pig found his own place in the family, even earning their respect. There is some playful word play: piccolos/pickles; harmonica/Monica; and kazoo/Gesundheit.The ink ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie, Dave
Shelves: picture-books
This was a delight from beginning to end. The story is great, the illustrations appealing, and it's fun for just about any age. Little Pig (who really wants his older siblings to call him Jacob) and his brothers and sisters find a box of musical instruments in Grandpa Pig's attic. Little Pig is too little to play any of them, although he wishes for a harmonica or a kazoo or a piccolo. But what's a little pig to do in a situation like this? A piggy band mishap opens the door for Little Pig's big ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Little Pig didn’t like being little when his family got out their instruments and marched in a band. He is too little to play the instruments. When he discovers a whistle and a baton and a drum major’s hat, he happily finds that he can join the group.

A nice triumph for a small pig, with sweet illustrations.

“Little Pig was too little to play the drum,
so Margie played the drum.
Little Pig was too little to play the trombone,
so Peter played the trombone.
Little Pig was too little to play the trumpe
This is an adorable book about a Little Pig that's too little to play the marching band instruments his grandfather sets out for him and his older brothers and sisters to play with. It's great watching the Little Pig try to figure out a way that he can fit in. I love the illustrations. My favorite is the Little Pig trying to play the drum that's way too big for him. All you can see is his little snout sticking up above the rim of the drum.
Needed a music-themed book for preschool storytime. This one looks great. Love the pictures and all the little comments. (Just like in "Oh Ducky!")

8/13/14 Used as an opener for music theme preschool storytime. I have an almost entirely new crowd. Left out a few comments and kept a few in. Had to explain some of the humor. But overall this went well and was definitely the favorite of the 3 books.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
When little pig and his siblings go to grandpa's house, everyone wants to be in the band. Especially Little Pig (who hates that nickname by the way) But he is little, and too small to play any of the instruments in Grandpa's band. But can the littlest member of the band be the most important? He can if he has the right part. This sweet book about finding out where you fit in, is as good for bedtime as it is story time.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
A co-worker recommended this to me; she used it in a storytime this week. Sweet and funny with all the little asides between the pigs (I don't think she read them as part of the storytime) and with a good message about working together to achieve harmony (literally). Sometimes, it takes a little one to lead us to a solution.
Rosa Cline
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
A group of children go to Grandpa's house and they get into his old band items. The smallest piglet the siblings call "Little Pig" and he doesn't like it. And everything he tries to do he's to small but everyone else finds what they do best. BUT in the end he comes to the rescue and finds his place. Cute little book. And wouldn't be really hard for a beginning reader.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A really cute story about a little pig whose older siblings mostly ignore him. They find a bunch of band instruments at grandpa's house, but all are too big for little Jacob, from trumpet to tuba. In the end, though, he finds something he can use, to help his family turn into a marching band.
The story is both about creativity and cooperation, and works very well.
Little Pig (no one calls him by his name, Jacob) is too little to play an instrument in the family band, but he is just the right size for what they desperately need - a band leader. Cute, especially for a music theme.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I'd give this 2.75 stars. It's nothing earth-shattering, but the illustrations are cute and the too-small pig, Jacob, learns to find his place in the band as a drum major. This makes for a solid themed-storytime pick when covering instruments, music, or being small/too little.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Little Pig doesn't like being little sometimes, especially when it means that he can't get the right fit for an instrument in the family band. He finds out that he can make a big difference despite his small size.
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love the classic feel of the illustrations. Some might call this little pig bossy, but I call it young expressions of leadership. Check this one out and decide for yourself!

Young leaders (pig or human) unite!
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great for Musical Storytelling at Soundbridge.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-2nd grade
All of the band instruments are too big for Little Pig (who would prefer to be called Jacob). After much frustration, he finally discovers a way he can be part of the band.
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