-- "This retelling of an old cumulative folktale is great for reading
aloud and joining in. McClintock's delicately detailed double-page
spreads in brown pencil and watercolor set the cozy farce in a Randolph
Caldecott-style, bucolic farmyard landscape. . . . a hilarious
community effort, ending when that piggy finally does go through the
gate." -- Booklist, September 15, 1999.
"The text's repetition and rhythm
virtually command readers to chime in . . . . Narrative and art pull
equal weight in this cheerful reworking." -- Publishers Weekly, August 2, 1999, v 246, p. 83.
"A delightful variation of the
cumulative folktale about the old woman who can't make her pig jump
over the stile, this is a winning read-aloud...." -- Teacher Librarian, April 2000; v27, p. 51.
"Here's a new recipe for an old
favorite: . . .[a] comic saga of willful disobedience in a bucolic
nineteenth-century landscape with sunflowers blooming in Aunt Pitty
Patty's garden. ... Yield: one picture book ... good nutritional
value." -- Horn Book, September/October, 1999.
"This humorous tale, told in rhythm and
rhyme, ... Children will enjoy the repetitive phrases and the charming
19th-century illustrations." -- Books for Children; Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).