Written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. First edition, 1986. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
"Mr. Piggott lived with his two sons, Simon and Patrick, in a nice house with a nice garden, and a nice car in a nice garage.
"Inside the house was his wife.
"'Hurry up with the breakfast, dear,' he called every morning before he went off to his very important job.
"'Hurry up with the breakfast, Mom,' Simon and Patrick called before they went off to their very important school.
"After they left the house, Mrs. Piggott washed all the breakfast things, made all the beds, vacuumed all the carpets, and then went to work.
"'Hurry up with the meal, Mom,' the boys called every evening when they came home from their very important school.
"'Hurry up with the meal, old girl,' Mr. Piggott called every evening when he came home from his very important job.
"One evening when the boys got home from school, there was no one to greet them.
"'Where's Mom?' demanded Mr. Piggott when he got home from work."
Mom was nowhere to be found. Is it any wonder?! She left a note: "You are pigs." Mr. Piggott and Simon and Patrick are left to cook and eat their own horrible meals, root around when food ran out, and live in their terrible mess, a real pigsty. Mrs. Piggott returns, and never more grateful to see her, they start pulling their own weight. Mom stays. All is well.
Anthony Browne (1946 - ) is a British children's book writer and illustrator of over fifty books. One of his best known, Gorilla (1983), won the first of two Kate Greenaway Medals. He received the coveted Hans Christian Andersen Award for lifetime achievement in children's book illustration in 2000, and served as the UK Children's Laureate from 2009 to 2011. His books include Through the Magic Mirror, A Walk in the Park, Bear Hunt, Willy the Wimp, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Tunnel, Zoo, Voices in the Park, Into the Forest, and Little Frida.
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Condition*: Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear. Illustrated cover boards. Bookshop label on front paste down. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.
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