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The Piggy in the Puddle

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  66 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
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 31st 1989 by Aladdin (first published 1974)
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
A Reading Rainbow book that my 3-year-old grandson enjoys with its fun rhymes and tongue-twisting repetitions. We loved doing the piggy family voices as we read aloud!
Jim Erekson
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All children, Children's book lovers
This was my favorite book as a small child. It's incredibly addicting to read, great silly fun.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I think I remember this from my own childhood?
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
One of my favorite read alouds both to read and when I was a child, to listen to my father read!

The baby pig LOVES the mud and has no desire to get out of the muddy puddle. Each family member attempts to lure her out and tells her why she should get out but each time she definitively says NOPE!

The rhymes are fun and sing-songy and the story line is straightforward. This is a great book for teaching rhyming or just practicing rhyming as well as just fun to read.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: released, west-end
A ridiculous rhyming pile of words, à la Seuss.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
A tongue-twisting gigglefest in the spirit of HOP ON POP. Sister Piggy will not get out of the mud puddle to wash even when compelled by her mother, father, and brother.
Mary Ann Yost
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorite rhyming book!
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh I wish I knew a little one to read this to. So much fun even silently to oneself, but aloud, oh goodness.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-preschool
This book was amusing. But by far, the best part was my fellow home school mom's reading of it! She gave the different characters different voices and demeanor and had the kids 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 don't do well with presentation of this style - I guess I'm just not goofy enough. Luckily
Tayler Bingham
Pomerantz, Charlotte, and James Marshall. The Piggy in the Puddle. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1989. Print. Poetry. This book explains the tension between a high class family of pigs and the rebellious child who likes to "muddle in the puddle." What will they do? If you can't beat them, join them! This book is written in verse, and some of the phrases in the book don't really make sense to any reader. Luckily, the illustrator ensures that through pictures, every confusing phrase is depicted in an unders ...more
Beth Dufraine
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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).
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Wendy Daniel
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis-4700
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!
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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"
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-kiddies
"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.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Tome Reader
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my kids over and over. It's a fun sing-song, rhyming book that must be read with expression. It's so much mooshy-squooshy fun to read.

The dad needs a dad voice.
The uppity mother needs an uppity voice
the brother pig needs a snotty kid voice
and the piggy in the puddle needs her sweet voice.

Hasn't anyone watched it on Reading Rainbow?
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This may be the most delightful book I've ever read aloud. It's got such a perfect rhythm and cadence that, once you untwist your tongue and can get through it in only a few breaths, it's like you're chanting a messy, muddy, piggy-full shanty.

I used to read it to my younger niece when she was a tiny tyke.
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Hannah Vincent
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
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!
Katie Jackson
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folklore
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.
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