August 10, 2017

Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jan Korase

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 3:36 pm by suebe2

Little OinkLittle Oink
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Jan Korase
Chronicle Books

I love picture books that contain surprises and this one did not disappoint.  Little Oink is, no surprise if you’ve looked at the cover, a pig.  He loves truffle hunting with his pig pals, going to school, and spending time with Mama and Papa.

What he doesn’t love is Mess Up Time.

You see Little Oink is anything but piggy.  He loves to keep his room neat and tidy – his clothes and his toys put away.  He makes his bed.  And his clothes are always spotless.

But he loves his Mama and Papa so after a bit of resistance he puts on a stained shirt and messes up his room.  Once he does this he’s free to climb up to his tree house and play.  So what does he play?  House!

Picture books about animal characters who want to be something other than their animal type are common enough.  Of course, I can’t think of any off the top of my head but I’m thinking about the tortoise who wants to be speedy fast or the hare that is slow and methodical.

That said, this is a must have because it is just so much fun.  Yes, you have the piggy who doesn’t want to be piggy.  But the irony of the Mama and Papa making the kiddo mess up his room will be appreciated by young readers and parents alike.   So will the fact that he wants to be just like his friends – his friends who clean their rooms!

Parents will also enjoy reading this one out loud.  “He dug playing with his pig pals” when they are rooting for truffles.  His room has to be a “total pigsty.”

Whether the young reader is a neat freak or neatness challenged, they will love the humor in this story.  Short and fast-paced it will make a fun read aloud as well as a jumping off point for discussions on individuality, respect, and more.

–SueBE

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October 28, 2009

Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:25 pm by suebe2

hootLittle Hoot (AR 1. 8 )

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

illustrated by Jen Corace

Like many kids, the biggest problem in Little Hoot’s life is bedtime.

No matter how tired he is, no matter how much he wants to go to bed, Little Hoot’s parents make him stay up late like a good owl should.  They force him to ponder, they make him stare and then there’s all that playing.  It is more than enough to exhaust any young owl.

I wouldn’t say that this is a good bed time book — you can expect a lot of objections to Little Owl’s behavior as your own would-be-night-owl hoots and hollers about wanting to stay up late. But this book is fun and funny, both because of the role reversal between parent and child but also because of Corace’s simple but wonderfully expressive ink and watercolor illustration’s.

Pick this one up to share with the young reader in your life and be ready to laugh out loud.

–SueBE

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