Poor Farmer Joe. No matter how hard he tries to clean up the farm, he receives anonymous letters of complaint. Who can the mystery letter writer be? Could Louisa the prima donna pig have anything to do with it?
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Simon Puttock was born in New Zealand and, as a child, traveled all over the world with his family. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children's books and was chosen to be a judge for the Whitbread Children's Book short list. He has since become a full-time writer, creating twenty-four children's books and winning the Early Years award at the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books in 2006. Simon lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 1—One wouldn't expect barnyard mud and untidiness to offend a pig, but Louisa is a prissier porker than most, right down to the pink purse she carries. She leaves letter after letter of anonymous complaint to Farmer Joe, who does his best to correct the odious problems—but ultimately leaves the mysterious nitpicker his own exasperated note: "Dear Disgruntled, If you don't like it, you can clean it up yourself." Louisa storms off to the city, but learns that it comes with its own grubby assaults to the senses and ultimately returns all the wiser to the farm, where she finds a bucket, brush, and soap awaiting her. The barnyard setting and residents are depicted in stylized cartoonlike illustrations interspersed with photographic images and replete with amusing details such as animals stomping about in mud boots. The cumulative build-up of this tale, combined with the childlike, flattened quality of the comical artwork, makes this an appealing choice.—Kathleen Finn, Winooski Memorial Library, VT
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