Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Greg Pizzoli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
This book celebrates friendship with a wide variety of far-fetched similes. "I love you like a pig...I'm smiling like a tuna," and other silly sayings! It features an incredibly silly and yet clever narrative. For example, "I'm lucky like a window," shows a pie cooling on the sill and "I'm sweet like a banker," shows a banker handing out a lollipop.
Mac Barnett's characteristic style is evident in I Love You Like a Pig. Much like his other best-selling books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, the word count per page is low and make simple sentences. The text itself is nonsensical, but paired with the illustrations, it becomes meaningful. There are also ample opportunities to "oink" making this a great book to read aloud to younger kids.