Unlikely to solve picky problems.



Can a picky piggy learn to eat right?

Piper is a good piglet: She works hard in school, loves to dance, and is great at rolling in the mud. However, she will eat only foods that start with P. When presented with waffles, eggs, and OJ at breakfast, she declares “Nope! Not gonna eat it!” Her parents ask her to eat just five bites, so she eats exactly five bites…and complains that the waffles aren’t pancakes, the egg was not poached, and there was no pulp in the juice. After five bites of lunch she complains that the turkey sandwich is not peanut butter and the cookie wasn’t pie. Dinner meets with Piper’s disapproval too. Mom gets a special cookbook that suggests hiding veggies in a pineapple upside-down cake, but Piper’s not fooled. Mom “loses her piggy marbles.” Piper is punished. After five nights without dinner, she’s so hungry she tries new foods and likes them! The piggy parable Parkinson serves up is less than fulfilling. Piper’s parents never explain why she should eat sensibly. Their facile solution to a behavior they must have fostered in the past is to starve her for five days—hardly groundbreaking. Clester’s bright, perky illustrations of anthropomorphic pigs are attractive, but they’re little more than the proverbial lipstick, literally and figuratively.

Unlikely to solve picky problems. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5158-2943-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Capstone Young Readers

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2018

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Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original...


From the Kissing Hand series

A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand.

As in the original, Chester Raccoon is nervous about attending Owl’s night school (raccoons are nocturnal). His mom kisses him on the paw and reminds him, “With a Kissing Hand… / We’ll never be apart.” The text boils the story down to its key elements, causing this version to feel rushed. Gone is the list of fun things Chester will get to do at school. Fans of the original may be disappointed that this board edition uses a different illustrator. Gibson’s work is equally sentimental, but her renderings are stiff and flat in comparison to the watercolors of Harper and Leak. Very young readers will probably not understand that Owl’s tree, filled with opossums, a squirrel, a chipmunk and others, is supposed to be a school.

Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn’t look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-933718-77-4

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.


Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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