Little Oink – Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
Life for this little pig couldn’t be better, except for one important thing–Little Oink’s parents insist that he dirty up his room as every proper pig should. So though he’s told to strew his laundry, track mud into the house, and throw his toys on the floor, Little Oink wishes he could dust, organize and scrub the way his friends get to.
I have yet to get my hands on Little Pea, but I LOVE Little Hoot, and I was thrilled to see Little Oink came out recently! Again, you’ve caught the premise of turning something kids don’t like to do on its head, which always tickles the funny bone. Somehow, though, this one didn’t tickle me quite the way Little Hoot did. Maybe it’s because I like owls better than pigs, or because I like to stay up late but hate cleaning my room, or maybe it’s just that the novelty of this turning tasks upside-down tactic has faded a little for me. It’s still very cute, the art is great, the text is great, the design is great, but I’m not as thrilled about it as I thought I’d be. I’d give this one a solid four, though.