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What this story needs is a munch and a crunch
Other title(s):
Munch and a crunch
First edition.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
A red-coiffed pig joins her friends for a picnic lunch that is hampered by a thunderstorm.
Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.9.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 182643.


Call Number
JER Virjan

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Join Pig and her friends in another fun read-aloud adventure as they figure out a way to keep the picnic fun and games going, even with a little rain.

What this story needs

is a pig in a wig

baking bread,

pouring punch,

and meeting a friend for a picnic lunch.

But just as the outdoor fun and games get started, a thunderstorm rolls in and it turns out what this story really needs is . . . another place to eat!

The "What This Story Needs..." books are bright and lively and inspire giggles. "A story with echoes of Seuss and Willems," School Library Journal said in a starred review of What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a Shush.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Fans of the protagonist of What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig will be glad she is back with another fun adventure with her friends Squirrel and Rabbit. Pig prepares a picnic with "some good friends[,] crunching and munching by the trees," until a sudden storm has them making a mad dash for safety. "Whoosh Boom Plop Splash." Can Pig save the day? The digitally painted illustrations follow the text, making it easy for emerging readers to recognize new words. They will want to reread this journey over and over again. VERDICT Another hit in the series, this offering is sure to fly off the shelf.-Andrea Pavlik, Huntington Public Library, NY © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Super silliness helps new readers practice. Virjn uses just 54 different words and five sentences that list familiar items, mostly food. With very short phrases on each page, beginning readers can turn the pages quickly. Despite its brevity, the story has a satisfying arc, beginning with the pig in a bright red wig preparing a picnic, then being joined by a squirrel and rabbit friend for games and lunch. Rain sends them inside but doesn't dampen this cheerful trio's spirits. The story is too brief for chapters, but each section starts with "What this story needs is"again giving new readers a chunk of recognizable vocabulary. Most of the vocabulary consists of one-syllable standards, while clues in the clear, digitally colored illustrations make more challenging words ("sandwiches," "few," "breeze") easy to figure out. Best of all, the rhyming text bounces along without resorting to irritating singsong. The only quibble is the rather abrupt end: "What this story needs now is... / another place to eat." Adding the word "lunch" would have brought the story arc full circle while maintaining the rhythm of the text. Nitpicking aside, schools and libraries should plan on picnicking with this pig in a wig. (Early reader. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Virjan's third Pig in a Wig series entry follows a similar format to the first two books, and this time, the titular character is getting ready for lunch: What this story needs is a pig in a wig, baking bread, pouring punch, and meeting a friend for a picnic lunch. Pig then gathers some more delicious dishes, like carrots for a friend, pies, sandwiches, apples, ketchup and fries. Now, everyone's happily eating together outside, but a Whoosh Boom Plop Splash ushers in a huge rainstorm, and What this story needs now is another place to eat. Happily, a living-room picnic is just as much fun. Virjan's brightly colored charcoal artwork, populated by cheery, expressive cartoon creatures, is a great complement for the cumulative rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, and the cyclical nature of the story will help new readers. This attractive, engaging picture book would appeal to emerging readers trying to tackle books on their own as well as a group story time.--Lock, Anita Copyright 2016 Booklist