As you might guess from the title 'The Higgledy Piggledy Pigs' are a family of not so ever so tidy pigs! In fact that is a bit of an understatement as their house is an absolute mess - a bit like mine on a bad day! Well this is the story of what happened one day when Mummy Pig decided enough was enough and the house had to be tidied up good and proper! (I have days like this too - now I know why I like this book so much!)
Anyway, back to the story. At the beginning we meet the entire family - Daddy, Mummy, Granny, Pip, Posy and Baby. The pigs themselves do actually look quite neat and tidy , but it is their house, which is at the end of a higgledy, piggledy lane, which is the problem! It is a complete muddle (the illustrations are very good at showing this!) and Mummy Pigs says that it's a pigsty. She wants it tidied up but everyone says they like it just the way it is! (This is so familiar to me in my house too!)
Anyway, Mummy Pig eventually gets her way and she, Granny, Pip and Posy set about cleaning and tidying the whole house whil Daddy goes out shopping. Baby is too young to tidy up yet! Well, they do a fantastic job and soon the house is spick and span. Mummy thinks it looks great but the others say that it feels a bit cold and empty!
Unfortunately, at this point little Baby Pig starts to cry and they soon realise he has lost his teddy! A frantic search ensues as Baby gets more and more upset! Eventually the teddy is found (I won't tell you where!) but as a result, the ever so tidy house is now ever so higgledy piggledy once again! Mummy looks around at all the chaos in despair but everyone else is very happy as that's just the way they like it!
My daughters and I really enjoy this book because it is funny the way the story turns around and at the end the house is in a worse state than in the beginning. The characters are all very sweet and well illustrated. I think that many mums, when reading it with their children, will recognise themselves in the fruitless quest to have a tidy house when you have young children about! I certainly do! I think in some ways though it gives a good message that tidiness isn't everything though and you have to feel happy and comfortable where you are! Having said that, I do still insist that my little ones do help tidy their toys, and thanks to this book, we can turn it into a game! Both my irls love pretending that we are the higgledy piggledy pigs!
We also really like all the illustrations which are all really bright and bold! The pigs are all funny little creatures and the mess is definitely depicted in all it's glory!
The storyline itself is simple and easy for little ones to follow! Mine definitely get the joke at the end! The font that is used is very child friendly as it looks almost like handwriting. Sometimes it is in bold to emphasise things like the baby crying. My older daughter definitely notices things like this when we are reading together and likes to join in with these!
'The Higgledy Piggledy Pigs' is written by Sally Crabtree and illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni. It is published by McMillan with a RRP of £4.99. We would all definitely recommend it in our house!
Mummy Pig has had enough. Her family may like living in a muddle, but she does not. So, while dad slips out to the shops, Posy, Pip and Gran help her tidy up. But then poor baby pig begins to cry... he's lost his teddy! Could it be that the house is too tidy? Vibrant art and a comic text combine in a story to celebrate the everyday chaos of family life. This book is a real antidote to the tidy brigade!