Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .

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CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECOMMENDED READING


"Story hour alert! Here's one that will provoke little ones' laughter -- and the storyteller just might get the giggles, too." Booklist

"A stubborn pig refuses to crack a smile even as all the other farm animals are laughing at the mayhem. A spectacles-wearing owl, an accordion-playing turtle, and a fiddling chick are sure to tickle the funny bone of even the most serious young readers. The rhyming phrases and tongue-twisting verses will certainly challenge even the most seasoned veteran of the read-aloud. Even if the "piggy won't giggle," most everyone else will." Kirkus Reviews


"The vibrant, playful text is rhythmic and frequently rhymes. Cole's artful, silly cartoons in deep, bold colors show the anthropomorphic animals dancing, playing, and laughing, and they match the text with their own liveliness and humor." School Library Journal
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CAN YOU MAKE A PIGGY GIGGLE?

From CAN YOU MAKE A PIGGY GIGGLE? Illustrations copyright 2002 by Henry Cole. With permission of Dutton Children's Books.

Author's Note


Can you make a piggy giggle
if you tell a silly riddle?

A chick might snicker, but a pig won't giggle.

Can you make a piggy giggle
if you play a little fiddle?

A calf might laugh, but a pig won't giggle.

If you polka, flap, and fiddle,
Waddle, yodel, stomp and riddle,
Tumble, grumble, twirl and wriggle,
Will that stubborn piggy giggle?


Often a story begins as a line and a rhythm I keep hearing over and over again in my head. Such was the case with this piggy. I had a lot of fun playing with silly-sounding words and trying to come up with ways to make him giggle, and was very pleased to see the sly grin Henry Cole gave him on the last page.

For more information about Henry and his work, visit his website here.

Teaching Themes: laughter, tongue twisters, repetition, animals, rhythm and rhyme. Download teaching activities below:

LINDA'S BOOKS:

Brand New
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
In Print
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
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"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS