In the first of a planned series, Odiwo offers gentle lessons in character building through the adventures of a talking, mischief-minded little pig.
Six-year-old Porsché Porscha the pink pig, so named because her mother “thought her newborn piglet looked like the most beautiful pink Porsche car she had ever seen,” isn’t like the other pigs on the farm. She can talk and so can her best friend, Wally the Goat. The curious little pig is always up for adventure, with reticent Wally in tow, and trouble often follows. For example, the friends are grounded after hitching a ride on a hay truck, and an encounter with a beehive leaves Porsché Porscha with a sore snout. In this debut children’s book by Odiwo (Blessings For My Child, 2009), kind Farmer Fiola is the grownup, delivering gentle lessons in good manners and honesty, as well as a between-the-lines message about the rewards of reading. Farmer Fiola scolds Porsché Porscha for taking a piece of pie without asking; but she praises her for telling the truth about it, and reminds her to wash her hooves before eating dinner. She treats Porsché Porscha’s bee sting, buys her a book about bees, and they “read together” at bedtime, while the little pig learns “a lot about bees and what not to do around them.” And while this is certainly not a book about real-life pigs, the author lightly weaves a few facts about them into her narrative. Porsché Porscha says that her feet are called trotters, for example, and her nose is a snout. When she disdains wallowing in the mud, Farmer Fiola points out that because pigs don’t sweat, mud helps them stay cool. (Porsché Porscha’s solution is a nice clean pool for soaking.) The story’s idyllic farm setting and quirky characters are pleasantly realized in cartoonlike, full-page digital illustrations, complemented by large text against blue, yellow, and green backgrounds with a subtle pig-foot motif.
A modest but appealing picture book that combines simple storytelling and empowering messages with unforced charm.