Cartoony illustrations keep this story whimsical. It follows the cumulative "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly" pattern, without the big ending. Cole and Norman showed restraint in keeping the pig from washing off all the evidence in the water at the end. A couple of pages leave interesting clues in the environmental text (the sign painter), and I ended up wishing there were more going on to the side of the story like this. The only thing to really give a thread was the rhyming words, and some of these (seen) just didn't work, and she gave up on purple!