Pete’s a picky little piggy. When Mom serves her four young ’uns heaping bowls of green slop, Dot, Rose, and Gus are in hog heaven. But not Pete. No, “Pete won’t eat.” As his siblings run off and have fun outdoors, Pete faces a plight known to many a kid: the admonishment from a mom to “stay until you eat.” Time passes, and Mom feels guilty and offers to make Pete a sandwich; in the meantime, Pete’s growing curiosity about the slop leads him to take a bite and then another. Turns out, it’s pretty good. The next day, Pete even helps to cook the slop. This I Like to Read title presents a kid-recognizable scenario and short sentences—with simple dialogue—in a large font. The charming pen-and-ink watercolors are cleanly placed on white backgrounds and lend an extra helping of humor to the scenario at hand. Brand-new readers, particularly of the finicky variety, should enjoy this one. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ann Kelley
About the Author
Emily Arnold McCully's awards include the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire
. Her first I Like to Read® title, Late Nate in a Race
, was praised for illustrations that appealingly animate the action of the simple story structure in Booklist
. She lives in New York City and Chatham, New York.