Benny, a round little pig, learns that wanting and getting are two very different experiences in this charmingly illustrated chuckler. Lindgren and Landström first introduced Benny in Benny's Had Enough!
(1999). Here, he wanted a little brother and he got a little brother, but to his dismay, all this new piglet does is scream and scream so "He is already tired of his little brother." Benny grows even more dismayed when he sees his brother receive serenity by way of the binky, the cuddly term commonly used for pacifier, which is forbidden to Benny. The metaphorical bulb lights up in Benny's head, and he hatches a slightly diabolical plan for switching his toy for the desired binky. Benny makes his escape. "He is happy. The binky is good." He sprints through the town happily sucking on the binky, but it isn't too long before Benny's adventure turns into misadventure and he learns that the binky may well be best suited for babies. With a nod to the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, this is a quaint tale. In simple, straightforward language, Lindgren speaks unpretentiously to her audience. Landström's adorable artwork offers unique and pleasing perspectives and is painted in golden tones with splashes of muted pastel. This is an obvious choice for toddlers with a new member of the family to contend with. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >