“A story with the echoes of Seuss and Willems.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A boatload of giggles will keep the reader returning for more easy-to-read fun.”— Kirkus Reviews
The first book in the vibrant and laugh-out-loud funny early reader What This Story Needs series is perfect for fans of Dr. Seuss and Mo Willems!
What this story needs is a pig in a wig, on a boat in a moat with a frog, a dog, and a goat on a log...
As a panda in a blouse, a skunk on a trunk, and more hop on board, it becomes clear that what this story really needs is a bigger boat! Join Pig on an exciting boat ride as she discovers that life is more fun with friends in this fantastic, funny read-aloud about friendship.
What this reader needs are all the books in the series!
What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a ShushWhat This Story Needs Is a Munch and a CrunchWhat This Story Needs Is a Bang and a ClangWhat This Story Needs Is a Vroom and a Zoom
In a story with echoes of Seuss and Willems, Virj n (Nacho the Party Puppy) offers a very funny lesson about the unreliability of narrators. "What this story needs," the unseen narrator declares, "is a pig." Fair enough: the pig, pink and drawn in a na ve cartoon style, appears in a spotlight. When the narrator decrees that the pig don a red bouffant wig and climb in a boat in a moat "with a frog,/ a dog,/ and a goat on a log," the pig goes along with the plan, though it's clear dubiousness is setting in. But when the narrator keeps adding so many rhyming characters and objects that it imperils everyone on board the tiny pink ship, the pig finally speaks up. "Hey!" she calls out, "It's getting crowded in here, don't you think?/ Off of this boat before we all sink!" Taking control of the narration, the pig sends the other animals packing, but the final scene sets things right while tipping its hat to a classic line from Jaws. Ages 4 8.