Dumpy La Rue

Elizabeth Winthrop, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

"He's a porker with passion,
a dancing fool, a pig with rhythm-
this breaks every rule,"
said the normally reticent mule.

Now in paperback, Dumpy La Rue, a story of a pig who knew what he wanted to do.

Elizabeth Winthrop's romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin's exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passionate pig as they follow him and the barnyard animals from farm to fame. Dumpy La Rue is a 2001 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.


Praise for Dumpy La Rue

"A perfect read-aloud." --School Library Journal, starred

A Nick Jr. Magazine "Best Book of the Year "

A New York Times "Best Illustrated Book of the Year"

A California Young Reader Medal 2003-2004 nominee

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Elizabeth Winthrop, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

  • Elizabeth Winthrop, the ever popular author of Shoes, illustrated by Bill Joyce; Halloween Hats, illustrated by Sue Truesdale; and Castle in the Attic, has written more than forty books, from picture books to young-adult novels. Her recent middle-grade fantasy novel, The Red-Hot Rattoons, is also illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Ms. Winthrop lives in New York City.
    Betsy Lewin has illustrated more than fifty books for children, some of which she also wrote. She received a Caldecott Honor for her illustration of the bestselling Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Ms. Lewin lives with her husband, artist Ted Lewin, in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Elizabeth Winthrop
    Elizabeth Winthrop
  • Betsy Lewin


Available Formats and Book Details

Dumpy La Rue

Elizabeth Winthrop, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books of the Yea, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, California Young Reader Medal Master List
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