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Little Oink Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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About the Author
Jen Corace graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She is the illustrator of Little Pea and Little Hoot. A New Jersey native, she now lives in Seattle.
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Top Customer Reviews
Little Oink's parents insist that he must learn to make a proper mess so that he can grow up to be a respectable pig. Each night he is forced to don grubby clothes and make a proper mess of his room. Little Oink mumbles and grumbles, but he dutifully unmakes his bed and unfolds his clothes. He reluctantly drags in fresh mud and tosses toys willy-nilly from his toybox. Only after a proper mess has been made will his parents allow him to run off to play his favorite game.
Definitely it is the obvious humorous twist that will have children laughing uproariously. The very idea that adults would make a kid dirty up his room put huge smiles on the face of every child in our reading group. Great concept, but it is the many clever details lurking in the background that make this book so terribly clever. Jen Corace takes such care with her illustrations, working to make each one just so.
Overall, extremely well done and a pleasure to read. As Little Pea has earned a place of honor on our bookshelf, so will Little Oink. I'm always thrilled to find picture books that I enjoy as much as my children. This is a series of books that I could read over and over again - and we certainly will.
Follow along as Little Oink is chastised by his parents for being too neat and told that he has to make a proper mess if he is going to grow up to be a decent pig. I wish my mother had read this to me when I was a child!
I'm not sure if the age group of children to which this book seems targeted are old enough to internalize the message, but it holds my toddler's attention and I appreciate the author's dry wit and reverse psychology. The illustrations are charming and well done, have good detail, and pair well with the written word.
Though relatively short- but just about right for my almost-two-year-old, it is filled with humor and irony. Parents will be smiling knowingly as they read this to their little ones.
Equally good and fun to read are other books by the same author: "Little Pea" and "Little Hoot"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its cute, but not as good as Little Pea. My son loved LP so we bought this when it came out. He likes it, but still always wants to read LP. It was a little disappointing.Published 6 months ago by jzaz
too cute! I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Thank YouPublished 13 months ago by Carol Jester
Bought this book for my grandson's birthday. Which is next month. He likes other books by the author.Published 14 months ago by L. P. Meadows
Such a cute book. My kids and I love the story and the illustrations.Published 15 months ago by Brittany
Our 4 year old thoroughly enjoyed this series, including Little Pink. The reverse psychology is a fun approacho the daily battles of life's chores.Published on April 12, 2014 by Sonja D Bjork
Enjoyed story, funny and unconventional, sweet and short but a good story.
Son enjoyed although it's meant for younger children.
Not to long, words are intermediate and perfect for a first grader just getting started. My 1 st grader loved it.Published on February 5, 2014 by M. R. Schmidt