Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen

written and illustrated by Doug Cushman
2012 (Charlesbridge)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

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An ice-covered monster crawls out of a cave.
A creature made whole out of parts from a grave.
A mummified swine puts a curse on my head.
I should never watch monsters on film before bed!

Being a citizen of North Carolina, when you say Pigmare, you might be thinking of under cooked barbecue, but in this case it is a young porker who has spent too much time watching horror movies on television. Now he has visions in rhyme of creatures like Frankenswine who is created "like an old crazy quilt" and is chased to the Arctic by pitchfork bearing townspeople. Just as terrifying is the Mummy Pig who wants to put a curse on those who put sand in his underpants. My favorite character is Pig Kong who turns out to be "not a gross barbarian, but Kong the vegetarian."

Doug Cushman's humorous poetic parodies of horror movies will have students giggling and repeating their favorite lines. His illustrations add to the fun and there is a section in the back matter where readers can learn about the classic horror movies that were the inspiration for these poems. Add this collection to your poetry unit and challenge students to create their own "horrorific" poem. Could "Cowzilla" be far behind? Visit Cushman's site,, for more porcine poetry.

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Laura Salas 


  1. Oh my word, this is just the book I need to have on-hand when I'm stuck in New Jersey traffic. Priceless!

  2. Wow. What an amazing boy-poetry-book. I'll have to make sure our school librarian knows about this one!

  3. Looks like a truly fun book! Good to see poetry books that boys might be able to resonate with.


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