Rufus Leroy Williams III is a bright pink pig with an even brighter imagination. He wants to learn things, and go places. Like your toddler or preschooler, Rufus is impatient, eager, and insistent.
He also likes to press buttons.
In the first installment of his trilogy of adventures, Rufus Leroy Williams III would like to go to school. But the principal is unequivocal: NO PIGS IN SCHOOL. “Why?” asks the innocent, ever-eager Rufus.
The principal catalogues Rufus’s potential to make trouble:
- Snout prints on the windows
- Food fights in the cafeteria
- Stick figures on the chalkboard
Despite Rufus’s detailed promises, the principal refuses to budge. I won’t spoil the ending but suffice it to say that Rufus’s journey from outcast to in-pig will charm every young reader, especially those excited—and terrified—about going to school for the first time.
Once Rufus has mastered school, it’s time—of course—for a second adventure.
This time, as foreshadowed in the first book’s last drawing, Rufus is on his way to sea.
If overcoming the principal’s objections in book one was difficult, imagine convincing a ship full of snarling pirates that a small pink pig should be their shipmate.
Now this fall Rufus is going farther than he’s ever gone before—out into the Solar System to explore Mars. Rufus Blasts Off! is the long-awaited, long anticipated sequel to Rufus Goes to Sea. Does this little piggy have what it takes to be a Martian?
I’ve had the good fortune to be in a writing group with Rufus creator Kim T. Griswell.
She’s a fearsomely good editor, stylish dresser, prolific writer, bespectacled mom of five (four sons and a daughter), and grandmother of seven.
You would never think it to look at her, but she’s even got one GREAT grandkid.
Kim T. Griswell is also a former editor of Highlights Magazine, a nice southern girl born and raised in Georgia, and a writer with imagination that’s out of this world (get it?).
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