From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—The indefatigable pig is back for his third adventure. Benny and his younger brother are bored and decide to go to the forbidden mud hole. When the toddler is pushed into it, Benny's friend Klara comes to the rescue and comforts him. Benny feels jealous and decides to fall in, too. Now both boys are muddy and fear their mother's wrath. They try hiding among the pines until a rainstorm washes away the evidence of their guilt. As in Benny's Had Enough
(1999) and Benny and the Binky
(2002, both R & S), Lindgren shows a clear insight into sibling relations. The confederacy between the brothers balances their rivalry. Lindgren tells the story with spare text and understated humor, and the simple illustrations are packed with personality. It is amazing how much emotion Landström can express just through the characters' eyes.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Like Benny and the Binky (2002), this is another delightful story about sibling love and rivalry. Benny the pig and his toddler brother go outdoors to have some fun. Though Mama warns them to stay away from the mudhole, they head straight for it. When bullies push Benny’s brother in the muck, lovely Klara rescues him and cuddles him close. That makes Benny jealous, so he “falls” into the mudhole, too. Then they have to go home; fortunately for the very dirty pigs, it rains. Preschoolers respond to the wry adventure, the envy, and cozy affection. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman