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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The Viper is based on an old tale Lisa Thiesing used to hear at summer camp. Peggy the Pig gets a weird phone call. "I am zee Viper!" the voice says. Poor Peggy! She is scared. Who - or what - is the Viper? Can you guess? Suspense builds. The answer is surprising and silly, just like this book. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2002 by Dutton Children's Books
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Cute story, lovely illustrations, fun trip down memory lane with dad.
Alana Young
This book is about a piggy that receives a threatening call about a viper coming in one year. The book counts down the time between the first phone call and the rest of the class up until the viper finally comes. It turns out to be a lot less scary than the piggy expected! This is a reader book making it accessible to students who are still learning to read. It could also be used to talk about time and intervals because the book acts as a count day of months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes. It ...more
Cara Byrne
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Peggy the pig is scared by mysterious phone calls from the viper who threatens to arrive in closer and closer time increments. This was a slightly bizarre but entertaining and engaging story for my 5-year-old.
Miss Sarah
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A man calls for one year saying he will arrive on a certain date and calling himself the viper. Why is calling and who is he? Nice letter V. Elementary and up
Kathleen Meacham
I like the way these books fold in learning without kids even realizing it.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We used to tell this as a spooky story, but this is hilarious.
Joanna Donkin
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My son thought this book was hilarious.
Amy Lafleur Meyers
One day Peggy the pig gets a call out of the blue from the Viper saying "I am zee Viper. I vill come in 1 year." Peggy's alarmed and not too sure who that is, but figures that it's 1 whole year away. Then Peggy gets calls closer to then from the Viper. She looks up Viper in the dictionary and learns that a viper is a snake, and becomes more uneasy. Great suspenseful easy reader that is a bit scary but not too scary. ...more
Lisa Thiesing presents early readers with a not-so-scary version of the campfire “jump” story called The Viper. With friendly cartoonish illustrations and foolish, likable Peggy the Pig as a main character, the story is more silly than suspenseful. Thiesing also uses the story to introduce concepts of time, including years, seasons, months, days of the week, minutes, and seconds, but her handling of this seems confusing and inconsistent. As the arrival of the Viper gets to its final countdown, ...more
Stephanie Skolmoski
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What a great book to introduce a child to the “art of suspense!” Peggy receives a call from the “viper,” who will come in one year. Who’s the “viper,” she wonders. But with 365 days to wait, she figures there is nothing to worry about. One month away and Peggy receives another call from the “viper.” He will be there in one month. She searches the dictionary to find out what a “viper” is and then becomes quite worried. More calls from the “viper” and Peggy is very frightened. Now he is at the doo ...more
 Davis Jennifer
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
My 7 year old recently read this book. It states that it is recommended for grades 1-3 depending on reading level.

This is a children's spin to the old tale The Viper. I found the book very funny since I have heard the old tale several times when I was younger. My son had some issues reading the accent. Example: vill instead of will. I also had to explain the reason behind the accent and what each word that had the accent was. After explaining it to him, he thought it was funny, but I don't thin
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre-K and up. :)
One of my all time favorites! This book begs to be read aloud! Grab your kiddos and give it your best hissing snake voice and get in on the fun.

Peggy the Pig receives a call that "the viper" is coming. Terrified, she starts to make plans to protect herself. Then another call. Then another. This suspenseful beginning reader will keep everyone on the edge of their seat...that is until they fall out of it with laughter!

I booktalked this book for 2 years straight in grades K through 3 and it was a h
Shelby Troutman
VERY FUNNY! Would be great for a Halloween or April fools joke. The caller says they are the 'viper' and will be there in a certain amount of time. In the end the 'viper' is simply the window wiper! ...more
A fun story that I look forward to sharing with my 1-3 students at Halloween!

Update...we dimmed the lights in the library and read by flashlight. It was a big hit, especially with the first graders!
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book because it has a surprise ending with a funny twist. Every single child I have given birth to has smiled at the end of this book and gotten the joke about the "viper." ...more
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Thrills and chills to the very end!
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd-4th grade
Funny old tale, but not ideal for emerging readers as the joke depends on understanding a German accent.
Jun 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is hysterical to read. Love the ending, which makes it more fun to read out loud. I won't say more, but it's great. ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Recommended to Lindsey by: Sadie
This book is so funny! All through the book, Peggy (i think) the pig is getting a phone call from "zee viper" and she freaks out. i need to buy this book... ...more
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Not a good book for reading aloud. Perfectly decent for independent readers, but the jumpiness of the text is not conducive for audio comprehension.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Very cute. "I am the vindow viper!" ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very cute - my kids get this out of the library every few months.
Darcie Caswell
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Approx 1st grade or second, depending on reading level
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun book to read to my girls....they thought it was hilarious!!
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My newly-seven-year-old son read this book on his own, and he even understood the humor enough to find it funny. Seems like a winner to me.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite read-alouds! It's a built-in joke.
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