Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: LITTLE OINK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse and Jen Corace. Little Oink. Illus. Jen Corace. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, LLC., 2009. ISBN 978-0-8118-6655-2. $14.99.

Little Oink is the sweet story of a “neat little pig” struggling with the societal expectations that he act more…like a pig. Our protagonist is a little pink piglet named Little Oink. He likes to do almost everything that the other piglets do, except making messes. When encountered with “Mess up time,” Little Oink envies how all his non-pig friends get to clean their rooms, rather than making their rooms messy. Contrary to his unsoiled inclinations, Little Oink’s parents remind him that “to be a respectable pig,” he must “learn how to make a proper mess.”

This fun picture book playfully encourages us to take another look at indoctrinating kids into societal norms. In the culture of pigs, one that values messiness, Little Oink finds a refuge for his subversive preference for cleanliness via a traditional childhood escape – “playing house.” This neat little piglet “Sweep(s), Scour(s)” and “Scrub(s)” a tree house into his own “hog heaven.”

Emily Moore

No comments:

Post a Comment