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Annotation: Maya's grandfather brings her a pig from Alaska and the two of them learn about fun and sharing together.
Catalog Number: #165997
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Orchard Books
Copyright Date: 1993
Edition Date: 1998
Illustrator: Pilkey, Dav,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-531-07102-2 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-6659-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-531-07102-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-6659-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 92024175
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Subject Heading:
Pigs. Fiction.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Maya's grandfather, back from wintering in Alaska, brings a gift for Maya. She hopes it's a horse or an older brother, but it's a pig. Julius is no ordinary pig; he's an Alaskan pig, who can do polar bear imitations. Much to Maya's parents' dismay, he also rolls himself in flour when he wants homebaked cookies, leaves crumbs on the sheets, and doesn't pick up his towels. However, Maya knows another Julius, the one who'll swing for hours on the playground and protect Maya from scary things in the night. There's no real story here--this is more a string of one-liners--but Maya and Julius are such engaging characters and their relationship is so silly and strong that they transcend the absence of plot. Much of the characters' charm comes from Pilkey's eye-catching illustrations, which mix fabric and watercolors into collage-style art bursting with fun. Maya and her family are African Americans, but this is just the sort of book where the race of the characters is incidental to the story. The dustjacket--which shows Julius, sporting sunglasses, listening to an old-fashioned phonograph, with Maya on his back--has instant appeal. (Reviewed Mar. 1, 1993)
Horn Book
Young Maya receives a gift from her grandfather, which he believes will help her learn about fun and sharing--a playful pig named Julius. The multimedia collages contain many artistic references. At times recalling the fabric work of Faith Ringgold or the naiveté of Marc Chagall's flying figures, they feature large areas of bright color or pattern, juxtaposed to create a visually dazzling, childlike vision of the world. An exuberant, joyful collaboration.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of When I Am Old With You (1990) and other celebrations of loving companionship teams up with the mad colorist of When Cats Dream (1992) for a tale of a black family that finds itself saddled with a huge, exuberant pet. Maya has always wanted a horse or an older brother, but her traveling Grandaddy brings her an Alaskan pig instead (``Something that will teach you fun and sharing''). Like a teenager from hell, Julius romps through the house munching on junk food, dropping crumbs, listening to loud music, and staying up till the wee hours. He and Maya are inseparable; and as he teaches her how to dance to jazz records and eat peanut butter right from the jar, she firmly teaches him table manners and cleaner habits. Using ink, paint, fabric swatches, and even coffee spatters, Pilkey creates a riotous sequence in which Maya's happy face contrasts comically with her parents' glowers while her adored pink friend floats with bulbous grace. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Word Count: 424
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 7576 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.5 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q06224
Lexile: AD540L
Guided Reading Level: M

Maya's grandfather brings her, from Alaska, a huge, pink pig named Julius, and together the two of them learn about friendship, affection, and sharing.

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