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A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,147 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Could anything possibly be more fun than a pig parade!? You wouldn't think so. But you'd be wrong. A pig parade is a terrible idea. Pigs hate to march, refuse to wear the uniforms, don't care about floats, and insist on playing country music ballads. Those are just some of the reasons. And trust me, this hysterical book has plenty more!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Chanel Earl
Jan 22, 2012 Chanel Earl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-youngadult
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea is brilliant.

1. The art is funny.
2. It suggests that you say "pig parade," which is fun to say.
3. The arguments presented in it are rhetorically sound. (I want to use this book with my writing students.)
4. It has marching band-like things in it.
5. It has a strong thesis statement.
6. Everyone in my family loves it.

This book is so good that today we awarded it the Steven Colbert Award for the Literary Excellence, and we only have twelve of those stickers to use, so
Feb 04, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Okay, so, on the one hand I'm not sure how much I like the idea of a book telling kids that their idea of having a "pig parade" is a "terrible idea"--why be so discouraging of imagination? And, I happen to really like pigs. BUT, ohmygosh, the reasons why we should NOT have a pig parade are so very, very funny and so well told, I just thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The illustrations are humorous with a clever blend of realistic portrayal of pigs (no cartoon versions here!) but in ridiculou ...more
Sep 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This just came into the library and intrigued me once I realized who the author was. Michael Ian Black's voice shines in this persuasive picture book, arguing just why a pig parade is a TERRIBLE idea. The humor appealed to me, though it will definitely go over the heads of most of its intended audience. Parents, though, will enjoy such jokes as "My Tears Are Wet 'Cause My Mud's Gone Dry." The illustrations by Kevin Hawkes are tastefully and beautifully done to complement such dry humor.
Lana Krumwiede
Great read aloud. I can imagine some great fun using this book to teach persuasive writing!
Professional Review:

This book received a starred review from Booklist and I thought it was with good reason. The book dialogue was very cleverly put together and makes it so many grade levels can enjoy the book rather than only older or younger students. Although I didn't find it as absolutely laugh-out-loud funny as the reviewer did, I was still able to chuckle on several of the pages. I think what really pulls the book together are the illustrations and
Maria Caplin
Mar 19, 2015 Maria Caplin rated it it was amazing
I'm searching for mentor text for opinion writing. What a perfect and fun book to share with my class. Perfect structure for introduction with transition and supports on why pigs would not be perfect for a parade; however panda bears would be. I purchased the Kindle version so students can see and can underline the text.
April Thompson
Apr 12, 2015 April Thompson rated it really liked it
Did you know that pigs preferred weepy country ballads?
Mar 12, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a very cute book and a great read aloud! At first, one may think that having a pig parade would be a great idea, but after reading the author's reasons for NOT having one, we definitely see that is is a TERRIBLE idea! I read this to one of my 1st grade classes and they LOVED the illustration talking about the floats that pigs like...root beer floats! One of the students said I should have made root beer floats for them to drink while I read the book! That's a great idea and one I'll cons ...more
Vincent Meyers
Jan 31, 2015 Vincent Meyers rated it liked it
The book, "A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea", by Michael Ian Black informs readers what can go wrong in a parade of pigs. The story begins by supporting the idea of having a pig parade because it would be an entertaining event. After that, the story goes on to explain why a pig parade is not a good idea. For example, pigs spend the majority of their time "snuffling" for food and have a bad taste in music. Additionally, pigs are disinterested in floats and have not mastered the ability to march wh ...more
This was such a cute book! When I heard the title I wasn't sure what to think but as I was reading it I found that I just loved it! It is such a cute idea for a story, but also can be used as more than a story. I think that this book would be really good for doing a lesson on persuasive writing. The book takes an idea that may sound like fun and gives you all of the reasons that it is not as fun and turns out to actually be a bad idea. The book persuades you that having a pig parade is not such ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
Funny- The first part of the book is illustrated with very cute pigs all dressed up as if they were marching in a parade. The colors are bright and cheerful- then the story starts to show how terrible this idea would be by actually showing you drawings of real pigs and what they might actually do- rather than what the imagination could have them doing. They go through all of the reasons why pigs could not be in a parade, from playing music, wearing the outfits, holding the hot-air balloons, or e ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Robert rated it did not like it
This is the second collaborative work by Michael Ian Black & Kevin Hawkes that I have read, and while I do not dislike it quite as much as Chicken Cheeks it is still dismal and unfunny. The illustrations are better than Chicken Cheeks, but not at all spectacular. Worst of all, the story lacks any justification for itself and fails in every respect.
Connie Klever
Sep 11, 2010 Connie Klever rated it it was amazing
Hilarious book about why pigs do not cooperate in parades! Nice big illustrations and funny references to other children's books about pigs. Would make a great program--pig books, pig parade, famous literary pigs, etc. Book would work from older preschoolers through older elementary school--3rd or 4th grade.
May 09, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Usually I review picture books from my kids' perspectives, because of course they are the target audience. But I read a TON of picture books, at least 30 of them every single week, and sometimes my tastes and the kids' tastes clash a bit.

I assume this is why so many picture books get published that are written more for adults than for kids. Kids don't really get irony or sarcasm, at least not until they are growing out of the picture book stage. So I'm not sure if my kids really "get" this book.
Lauren Moore
Jun 23, 2012 Lauren Moore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
When I read this to Tess I pretend I am a quirky stand-up comedian doing a comedy routine. I read it to her three times yesterday so I could perfect my delivery.
Mar 11, 2015 Marlene rated it it was amazing
My 1st Grade class read the book " A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea!" Most of the students in our classroom liked this book. Audrey liked the book because it had a lot of funny parts in it like "When the pigs did not like the floats, but would love to drink soda floats!" Pete liked the part where pigs do not like to wear clothing that is "unflattering." Litzy liked how the pigs were interested in eating the "icecream." Yet, they all agreed that " A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea!" This book was a ...more
Quirky fun! I'll display this one often, though I'm thinking it's a bit too wordy for my large storytime groups.
Aug 29, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I originally read the title as A Pig Parade and didn't see the part about it being a terrible idea. I would be good if the pigs could be dressed and acted like majorettes but they don't so it's not good. I love the faces on these pigs. It's like they are saying "whatever". I also love the fact that if they were to listen to music it would be sad country music ballads with titles like "My tears are wet cause my mud's gone dry" and "I just wanna plop into this bucket of slop". I think I might like ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This is a silly fun book.
Feb 25, 2013 Antoinette rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book for those misguided souls who foolishly think that holding a pig parade is a good idea. Starting with its very title, this book convincingly enumerates the reasons that such an idea is in fact a terrible one. Solely because of the amusing illustrations, I decided to read this to my 7-year-old, who apparently found the book humorous as well as (I can only assume) informative. I suppose that's a bonus, but perhaps someday he'll realize that pig parades are no laughing matt ...more
Jan Rue
May 19, 2013 Jan Rue added it
Shelves: ed-689-books
Written byMichael Ian Black (2010) and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. This is a fun picture book which first asks the reader about the fun of having a pig parade and all the things pigs would do in the parade. Then it explains why it would not be a good idea. The illustrations in the first part show pigs in carton style doing human things, like having a parade. Then the illustrations show what real pigs would look like trying to have a parade ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Is this book educational? Not exactly. Michael Ian Black's prose could probably be of some use in a persuasive writing unit of high school English, but as far as teaching kids about pigs, not so much. Is it downright fun to read aloud for a little one's bedtime? Oh, hells yes.

We brought this book home from the library for my 2-and-a-half year old. We read at least one or two stories each night, including Dr Suess, Curious George, some Disney and Sesame Street stories. This book though, for whate
Sep 24, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: samuel-count
I enjoyed the elaborate language for a kids book. I can appreciate speaking to my child in an adult voice. This book did a good job of applying logic to this topic. There were some nonsensical humor in the book but it was sparse. I would have appreciated taking advantage of kids humor in this book. It seemed like the author was writing it for the parent's entertainment and not the children.
Aug 19, 2012 Tarl rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I picked this book up while at the local science center and what I expected to be a normal children's book was actually pretty entertaining. The illustrations were well done and the sheer craziness of some of them had me chuckling. The writing is perfect for children, and I could easily see myself reading it to any children I have in the future.

The story itself is simple and weird enough to capture a child's imagination. As mentioned above, the illustrations capture the weirdness of the tale it
Jul 25, 2014 Magila rated it really liked it

This is a picture book with more than a single line or rhyme per page. Awesome illustrations, fun twist in the end. Very appropriate for boys and girls.

What threw it over the 4 hump for me without a doubt was the very realistic picture of pigs after you see them romanticized, and the last two pages. This said, I'd still recommend borrowing it from the library first.
Ms. B
Aug 17, 2015 Ms. B rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2015
If you are looking for a creative way to introduce that Persuasive Essay unit, this is the perfect picture book for you! Author Michael Ian Black gives us four very good reasons why a pig parade is a terrible idea. He also addresses why you might think it is a good idea and includes a strong conclusion to his argument.
Shawn Thrasher
Apr 24, 2014 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was amazing
A pig parade may be a terrible idea, but this book was as far away from terrible as you can get. Witty, dead pan humor combined with Kevin Hawkes's absurdly realistic pig pictures to create a perfect little model of humor. I dare you not to laugh out loud at least once.
Feb 19, 2014 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this book (out loud--it's important to read it out loud, so you get the full effect of the purposeful language), I laughed so hard I cried. About 5 different times. And the illustrations are a terrific complement to the story. I don't think your average classroom full of kids would think it's that funny--again, I think it's the language that makes it so hilarious--but I loved it.

TEST RESULTS = Inconclusive. Which means, I gave this book to my older sister (middle school lib
Cara Byrne
May 29, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
This is quite a hilarious, well-done picture book. It's prose is conversational and definitive, which paired with Hawkes' beautiful and rich illustrations elevates it even higher. I can imagine that this would be a wonderful read to a story time group.
Rita Crayon Huang
Jan 28, 2012 Rita Crayon Huang rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! Such excellent Voice. Such excellent illustrations. I am delighted.

The voice reminds me of my friend Irvin, who loves to set up what sounds like "a good idea" and then hilariously shoot it down. (So, Irvin, if you're looking for books to read to little ones, get this one! No one will know you're reading! They'll just think you're talking!)

But everyone should get this book. I'm guessing I'll give it to kids who are on the slightly older side--by which I mean 5 and up. But I could go yo
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Michael Ian Black (very famous) is a popular comedian who began his career with The State, a sketch comedy troupe he co-founded at New York University in 1988, which went on to have a successful run on MTV. He then co-created the Comedy Central television series "Viva Variety," a fake European variety show. From there, he appeared on several television show before landing the role of Phil Stubbs, ...more
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