By Arthur Geisert
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618773329, 32pp.)
Publication Date: April 2008
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It’s bath time! All the little piggies have had lots of fun playing, and now they’re dirty, muddy, and covered in paint. But their mamas aren’t worriedthey have just the machine to turn this Herculean task into an adventure. Anyone who has ever been captivated by the swaying brushes and spinning jets of soap and water at the car wash will be in hog heaven as Arthur Geisert’s intricate etchings reveal the inner workings of an enormous contraption that can lather and scrub a whole farm full of dirty little piglets in no time at alland that’s not just a bunch of hogwash!
Arthur Geisert’s unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators’, annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.
"Readers and prereaders...will chortle, whether they come upon this before or after their individual ablutions." Kirkus, Feb 1 2008 Kirkus Reviews
"[M]aster of the 'page-turn'...only Geisert could take a one-word title and create such an engaging scenario." Booklist Jan 1 2008 Booklist, ALA
"[A] tantalizing, quirkily dignified...joyous world, where getting clean is as much fun as getting dirty." Horn Book March/April 2008 Horn Book
"Pore over the cleverly devised ink-hatched and watercolor-tinted gadgetry, then...round up some kitchen gear for tear-free tubtime." Bulletin, March 2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The pigs appear delighted with the whole process. Readers will be, too." PW Starred 2/18/08
Publishers Weekly, Starred
"There are no words in [this] marvelous picture book...but words and giggles aplenty will fly from youngsters." Sacramento Bee, 03/23/08 Sacramento Bee