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The Resource The not-a-pig, Polly Faber ; illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

The not-a-pig, Polly Faber ; illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

Label
The not-a-pig
Title
The not-a-pig
Statement of responsibility
Polly Faber ; illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Title variation
Mango & Bambang
Title variation remainder
the not-a-pig
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins. Bambang requires a great deal of coaxing and comforting to help him acclimate to the big city, and Mango is just the girl for the job. But when Mango faces a nerve-racking challenge of her own, will Bambang be able to return the favor? Filled with adventures and plenty of banana pancakes, this collection of four stories is sure to amuse and inspire any child -- or not-a-pig."--Provided by publisher
Member of
Tone
Writing style
Award
USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 2-4 Mango’s father is very busy, so she has become self-sufficient. So much so that when a lumpy black-and-white creature cowers in the middle of a crosswalk, she takes it upon herself not only to resolve the ensuing traffic jam but also make sure that the creature—a Malayan tapir—feels right at home. Bambang, the tapir, is easily lured in by the promise of banana pancakes at Mango’s penthouse apartment, but he sticks around since Mango is such a good friend. Elsewhere, Mango and her tapir pal head to the park to go swimming, discover Bambang’s deep love for hats of all kinds, and fight off a mean-spirited neighbor hell-bent on collecting exotic artifacts . . . like a certain Malayan creature living at Mango’s place. Each of Mango and Bambang’s gentle adventures is discrete enough that emerging readers can break up the book into more digestible pieces, while Vulliamy’s cartoonish two-color illustrations—check out that adorable tapir in a tasseled sombrero—add to the whimsical atmosphere. Middle-grade readers tired of the usual animal shtick will be charmed by Bambang. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 5/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 17, p87)
  • Gr 2–4—Mango Allsorts is a lonely girl who is good at many things: making her father buttered noodles, practicing karate, playing chess, and wiggling her ears while sucking on a lollipop. On her way home from karate class, Mango comes upon a lost and scared Malayan tapir named Bambang, who is stranded in the middle of the road and blocking traffic. After much coaxing, Mango convinces him to come home with her and have banana pancakes. The two friends have adventures finding a swimming hole, rescuing Bambang when he gets himself netted by the grumpy downstairs neighbor, and creating beautiful music together for the Big City Concert. This whimsical book is a heartfelt story of friendship with interspersed facts on tapirs. Charming black-and-white illustrations throughout support the text and add to the humor. VERDICT A quirky new early chapter book series featuring two memorable characters.—Lisa Nabel, Dayton Metro Library, OH --Lisa Nabel (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 4, p143)
  • /* Starred Review */ Told over four chapters, this sweetly old-fashioned story from newcomer Faber follows the friendship that develops between a competent, kindhearted girl named Mango and Bambang, a talking tapir from Malaysia, whom Mango takes in after finding the animal cowering in the middle of a crosswalk, snarling traffic. Overcoming his initial nervousness (after a month, “Bambang still hid, sometimes several times a day, from possible tigers”), Bambang has a mixed experience at the local pool and has a run-in with one of Mango’s neighbors, who collects everything from “pickled puffer fish” to the “mustaches of famous murderers” (and the occasional tapir). Vulliamy’s chic black-and-white illustrations, accented with lavender, play right into the primness and dry humor of Faber’s storytelling, helping to create a bustling, adventure-filled urban landscape that readers should be eager to revisit. Ages 6–9. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 06/13/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 24, p)
  • A lonely girl befriends the terrified tapir she finds stranded in a big, busy city. Mango Allsorts can leap from the high diving board, do karate kicks, and apply the Sicilian defense in chess (mastering the clarinet remains a work in progress). The pale-skinned, black-haired girl cooks buttered noodles for her father when he's had an especially trying day. Returning home from her karate lesson one day, she finds traffic at a standstill because a curled-up tapir is lying in the crosswalk. Mango scolds the clueless onlookers, then invites him home with her for banana pancakes. His name is Bambang, and fleeing a tiger has led him far from home. Friendship blossoms: they jump from a high dive; she loses and finds him more than once; they encounter an unscrupulous Collector of the Unusual. The droll and lively opening raises expectations that remain largely unfulfilled. Lessons are learned as Mango and Bambang trade parent and child roles. The story shifts between their points of view, with occasional interruptions from the intrusive narrator, who asks readers irrelevant, uninteresting questions ("What is your nearest public pool like?"), deflating the effervescent fantasy with ho-hum realism and plodding didacticism. Yet readers will learn more about tapirs from the ample, expressive illustrations than the text. Portraying the pair as a charming duo, the art lightens the tone and provides consistency lacking elsewhere. This debut's imaginative premise leads to intermittent flashes of wit and quirky humor, but promising material is left unexplored. (Fantasy. 6-9)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10495352
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Faber, Polly
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Vulliamy, Clara
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Mango & Bambang
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tapirs
  • Friendship
  • Children's stories, English
  • Children's stories, English
  • Friendship
  • Tapirs
  • Tapirs
  • Friendship
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The not-a-pig, Polly Faber ; illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mango and the muddle -- Bambang's pool -- Bambang puts on a hat -- The song of the Tapir
Control code
1600581
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
135 pages
Isbn
9780763682262
Lccn
2015943770
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763682262
  • (OCoLC)936359837
Label
The not-a-pig, Polly Faber ; illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mango and the muddle -- Bambang's pool -- Bambang puts on a hat -- The song of the Tapir
Control code
1600581
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
135 pages
Isbn
9780763682262
Lccn
2015943770
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763682262
  • (OCoLC)936359837

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