I LOVE KORKY by Cristiano Sorrentino


Age Range: 2 - 4
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Korky is a floppy white puppy with a nose for trouble; he knocks over flower vases, chews up shoes and steps in paint pots. But he is sweet and lovable as well, especially to the little boy who narrates this simple, rhyming tale suitable for toddlers and younger preschoolers who are just starting to listen to complete stories. The dog’s owner describes Korky through his favorite toys, food and behavior, declaring him “ever so snug-able” and “the best friend I’ve ever had.” The singsong rhyme doesn’t always scan well, and it’s the sort of story that wouldn’t hold up well to repeat readings from an adult perspective (and just the sort of story a toddler might latch onto as a favorite). The volume’s large size suits Sorrentino’s appealing illustrations, which employ bright colors, simple shapes and thick black outlines to make his characters stand out. Though Korky is a cute pup with engaging expressions, his tale doesn’t stand out from the pack. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-905417-81-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boxer Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2008