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Little Oink Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 31 user ratings
ISBN:1452153191
LANGUAGE:English

"Little Oink is a happy li'l piggie, and he's very good, but there's one thing he has trouble with: keeping his room messy. He's always trying to tidy up and put things away, despite his parents' efforts to keep his room an appropriate sty.

This was another great book from AKR, this time tackling that old toddler favorite, cleaning up after yourself. I think of the three this one didn't quite get to the point behind the reverse psychology, but it was still fun and the illustrations are always pretty amazing. The Boy (2.75) really loves these books, and we never get tired of them either.
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" This one is a hit in our house because my son regularly says now, "I wish I was a pig," when being told to clean something up in reference to this book. I love how Amy Krouse Rosenthal's mind works: Little Oink has a hard time being a good little pig because he likes to be NEAT, Little Pea gets scolded for not eating his CANDY at dinner, and Little Hoot has to be begged to stay up LATE. I love an author that makes a kid go "What?!?" " said.

"Amy Krouse Rosenthal is now one of my favorite children's picture book authors. I absolutely adored Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot; three fantastic books that use reverse phycology to attempt making eating veggies, cleaning your room, and going to bed early sound like the coolest things a kid can hope for. Will it help even a single child rethink the awesomeness of the above mentioned??? Probably not. BUT they will LOVE to read and re-read these funny stories, and I would much rather have a voracious reader than a kid who went to bed early after eating her vegetables and cleaning her room without complaining. " said.

"I enjoyed reading this story because it really took a twist from the typical lessons we learn as a child. I know from my childhood I was always told to clean my room or else my father would put a sign on the door saying it was a "pigpen". I hated when he would put this sign up. I would rip it down and shut my door so no one could see that it was messy because no one could see into the room. One time, it got so bad that I was held back from going to school that day just to a thorough cleaning. After which my room was never messy again. I had a difficult time getting over that little hump.

I don't what I would do if my parents wanted me to mess up my room on purpose like Little Oink. I did like how he finally got to play and by playing I mean clean house. It can be really fun to clean house. I liked Little Oink he was just too cute!
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"Cute. It's not like some of the other Rosenthal books I have loved. But I think it still conveys with good humor about being neat and cleaning up. I had smiles, so it was good. I just don't think it would be as fantastic in storytime as the others. Maybe with the older children who would understand the more subtle humor in this than the younger. (Because, honestly, it took me some time in my childhood before I figured out that cleaning was good and important. But eating and sleeping well? I learned those very young.) Still, it might be worth a try.

8/10/10 & 8/12/10 This did not go as well as I thought. Perhaps because the pictures were so small. Or perhaps because the preschoolers don't have to clean their rooms as much. Or maybe they just didn't get the irony. But they get it with "Spoon" and "Little Pea." Who knows?
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"Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Jen Corace are a winning combination: their previous collaborations “Little Pea” (about a wee vegetable who has to eat all his candy—yuck!—before he can have spinach for dessert) and “Little Hoot” (about a young owl who wishes he could go to bed early like all his friends, and didn’t have to stay up and play) are my go-to picture books for three- or four-year-olds, kids who are just beginning to understand the humor in topsy-turvy stories. Their latest, “Little Oink,” continues the laughs, with the tale of a piglet whose least favorite time of day is “mess up time,” when, at his parents’ behest, he has to unmake his bed, unfold his clothes, and muddy up his T-shirt. Even that’s not enough, says Papa Pig: “I still see toys in their bin, mister. Please—not another word until this room’s a total pigsty.” Only after he’s untidied to Papa & Mama’s specifications can he play his favorite game—house! Where he gets to sweep and scour and scrub as much as he wants. With whimsical, colorful illustrations (Papa Pig’s mustache is a hoot) and a sneaky message about delayed gratification, this is a great read-aloud for clutterful little ones." said.

"Little Oink does not make much noise because he is the anti-pig. Instead of the stereotypical ham he is a neatnik, and that is such a contradiction that it makes for a nice diversion. Little Oink may or may not be the favorite book of parents or adults because it might remind them of their own litter. Young children should identify with the character and will certainly be able to draw some comparisons of their own. Everyone will applaud the ending.

The illustrations are bright, intriguing and well organized to accompany the cleverly written text. The movement of the illustrations and the ample use of plain white pages reinforce the cleanliness of Little Oink even when he is trying to be messy.

The best uses of this book are likely to be in homes, daycares, and pre-kindergarten classrooms because of the subject and the topic. In its most basic form Little Oink is a concept book that will receive occasional use. One possible extension might include the book as part of a larger unit on pigs. Everyone needs to know why pigs like mud, right? Pigs need to wallow in the mud to stay cool because they do not have sweat glands. Read this book aloud with some children and see if it stirs up a stink in your neighborhood.

John Parker
Media Coordinator
Andrews High School
50 HS Drive
Andrews, NC 28901
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" Mama read this to me the other night. " said.

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