Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Review of Smarty Pig

Smarty Pig  

Author:  Molly Nero

Illustrator:  Monique Turchan

Genre:  Picture Book

Published:  December 2011

Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.

ISBN Number: 978-1-61244-048-4

The school year has started, but the pigs have given up and don’t do their homework, except Smarty Pig who is working hard. When the others fail, she becomes their tutor. By creating games in their home that practice skills, Smarty Pig shows them that learning is fun and not just for school, it’s for life.

Smarty Pig is a rhyming picture book with a wonderful message for children.  By reading this book, children will learn the importance of doing their homework and of doing well in school.

The red haired piggy is a very studious student, while the other piggies would rather goof off by watching TV and playing outside.  While the other piggies backpacks lay scattered on the floor, the red haired piggy is busy working on her homework.  The other piggies even tease her, calling her names like “Smarty Pig” and “Teacher’s Pet,” but she ignores them all, continuing on with her studies.

When report cards come home, all the other piggies are sad, but not the red haired piggy.  While the others got F’s for all of their subjects, the red haired piggy got A’s.  The other piggies finally realize they must change their non studying ways.

The red haired piggy agrees to tutor them so that they can all get better grades.  She tutors them in math and science, showing the other piggies that learning can be fun.

This is a book where children can learn, in a fun way, the importance of doing their homework.  This book would be a wonderful addition to any school library, classroom, or home library. 

The colorful, full page illustrations do a wonderful job of helping complete the story.

Molly Nero grew up in Texas loving to sing, dance, and read. She spent over 18 years teaching elementary school. Reading to her own children, she was inspired to write. Molly Nero recently moved to Pennsylvania where she resides with her family, 2 dogs, and a leopard spotted Gecko and enjoys writing, cooking, and making snowmen. 

The second book in the Smarty Pig book series Smarty Pig and the Test Taking Terror releases in Spring 2012.


Facebook:  Molly Costen Nero


  1. This sounds like a fun book. Too bad my kids are beyond the age this book is geared for although my biggest problem with getting my oldest to do his homework was summed up in 1st or 2nd grade when asked why he needed to do his homework and I told him he needed to show the teachers they did their job of teaching him and he replied simply "Why do I need to do homework when I alread know this stuff." Enough said. Very intelligent child. My youngest, now a junior in high school, is pretty much throwing his life away by not doing homework and participating in class like he should but I've totally stopped bothering him; figured it's his life and he'll find out the hard way that homework and school are very important. Thanks for the review, Susanne. - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery
    "The Proposal" (an April Fools Day story), a humorous romance ebook
    "The Tulip Kiss", a paranormal romance ebook
    "Bride-and-Seek", a paranormal romance ebook

  2. Thanks for introducing us to Molly and her book. Is it available for down load? My kids have a KindleFire and love to download their books now.

  3. This is a wonderful story, I enjoyed the video. Best Wishes to Molly Nero.

  4. Great review. I love the title and cover. And, incorporating fun activities to help with learning is a plus. Sounds like a great children's book.

    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

  5. I've got to get my hands on the book for my kids!!! :D

    Thanks for telling us about it.

  6. This sounds like an adorable book with a purpose! Thank you!

  7. Hi, Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by to check out the review of SMARTY PIG.

    Hi, Elysabeth. Sorry to hear your youngest isn't applying himself in school. It is sad for a parent to see their child do this. Thanks for stopping by to check out the review.

    Hi, Stephen. I don't know if it is available for download. I'll try to remember to check into that. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Sounds llike a cute book! My son could probably use something like that to help him understand the importance of doing homework.

  9. Stephen, the book is available in paperback form. Sorry I didn't include that in the blog post information.

  10. Hi, Anthony. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi, Karen. Thanks for stopping by to check out the book review. Glad you liked it.

    Hi, Stina. Your kids will like the book. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi, Julie. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Sounds like a cute book. Smarty pig, indeed. :)

  12. I hope this book does well. It sounds like a very good one for children, and if the cover reflects the illustrations inside, they too will appeal to the very young. How important it is to teach children at this age through words and pictures. And then there's a second one. All good wishes to Molly Nero!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

  13. Sounds like a fun book - thanks for the tip! :)

  14. Rhyming and pigs — sounds like a great story. I will look for a copy.

  15. Molly, your book sounds wonderful. I have added it to my list for my grandson. Hi Susanne.

  16. Oh I love this concept. The importance of doing homework, getting good grades and helping others to learn -- wonderful.

    P.S. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my post today

  17. Hi Susanne .. Smarty Pigs looks a great collection in the making - Molly seems to have the right idea - mind you she has the right background doesn't she!!

    Cheers - I'd love to see the book sometime .. Hilary

  18. hi miss susanne! yikes! i NEED this book. for sure im one of the goof off pigs. and FOR SURE i hate doing homework!!!! ack! ack! ack! ha ha. it sounds like a fun book and the covers way cool.
    ...hugs from lenny


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