Monday, February 7, 2011

Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Keith Graves

2009/40 pgs.

About the Book: Desert Rose just bought the biggest hog and she plans to win at the state fair. But this is a highfalutin hog and getting to the fair isn't going to be easy.

Sarah Teenlibrarian Says: Finally a Show-Me Readers Award Nominee that I liked!!

The text in Desert Rose is very cute and it feels as though it should be read with a big Southern accent and yee-haw. Poor Rose is only trying to use a shortcut to get her hog to the state fair, but the hog won't take a drink, the coyote won't bite the hog, the snake won't scare the coyote, and so on. This is a circular story and Rose keeps trying to find someone or something to help get her hog to the fair. Readers will enjoy seeing how Rose gets everything to work and the funny "moral" at the end is too cute. The artwork is bright and engaging. It might be a bit long for storytime, but if you have older readers who can sit through longer books, this is worth giving a try.

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