Friday, September 11, 2020

Review - Little Oink

Little Oink
(Little Books)
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Jen Corace
Date: 2009
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 36
Format: e-book

Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig he has to learn to make a proper mess. What's a little pig to do?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a story about a tidy little pig who balks at his parents' orders to make a mess. He just wants to be neat like all his non-pig friends!

Little Oink is in the same vein as Little Pea, except that instead of a vegetable who won't eat his sweets, we have a pig who won't make a mess. These books are cute in that they turn the expected on its head. Kids (and parents) are likely to get a giggle out of the absurdity of the situations.

There's really not a lot of plot, but the premise is delightful. There's apparently another book in the series called Little Hoot that deals with an owl who doesn't want to stay up late, which I definitely want to read now. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.67 out of 5

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