March 18, 2014

Review: The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Pigman

Published 2005 by HarperTeen

When sophomores John and Lorraine played a practical joke a few months ago on a stranger named Angelo Pignati, they had no idea what they were starting. Virtually overnight, almost against their will, the two befriended the lonely old man; it wasn't long before they were more comfortable in his house than their own. But now Mr. Pignati is dead. And for John and Lorraine, the only way to find peace is to write down their friend's story - the story of the Pigman.

Suspense: No
Action: No
Romance: No
Humor: Yes
Life Lessons & Morals: Yes

The Pigman has been re-released!
Original printing was in 1968 and then again in 2005 shortly after Mr. Zindel's death.
The story is about a group of school mates that hang out after school partaking in a silly game...blind prank calling. Someone closes their eyes and randomly points to a name and number in the phone book, the way you win the game is by calling the person and trying to engage them in a conversation for as long as possible. Well, John and Lorraine (the main characters) got the number to a man named Mr. Pignati. The kids pretend that they are from a charity in order to win the time of the man's ear. They asked the man for a donation to their “charity” and he agreed. This started a very heartwarming relationship between John, Lorraine, and Mr. Pignati.

John & Lorraine built a relationship with the man that turned to daily visits to either his home or to the zoo. The time was spent socializing among the three new friends. Yes, John and Lorraine have their own home lives but after meeting the Pigman they would spend most of their time in his company.

I must not say anymore just that you won't want to put it down!

This is a wonderfully written book for all ages. I loved it because of its incorporation of life lessons. There are people that are brought into your life for a reason!

I can not ask for Mr. Zindel to write more wonderful works of art for sadly he passed in 2003 after a battle with cancer, but he did write a second book to this, called “The Pigman's Legacy”. He also wrote My Darling, My Hamburger; The Effect of Gamma Rays of Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (this was also a Pulitzer Prize winning play).

Happy Reading! 

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