One pig, one boat, and a lot of passengers add up to one hilarious voyage.
The opening spread presents one pink pig under a spotlight. Her beady eyes look right at the reader as she says, “What this story needs is a pig.” Apparently a pig is not enough—the story needs a pig in a wig, an oversized red wig. So begins this over-the-top rhyming romp of a pig in a boat, in a moat, with a frog and a dog and a goat (on a log—in the boat!). Soon a rat, an elephant, a skunk, a house, a mouse, and a panda threaten to sink the little pink rowboat, forcing the pig to send some of the critters packing. Bright, saturated digital colors are the order of the day, adding extra humor to the tale. Easy rhymes make the story simple to predict and memorize for new readers, and the bright white typeface is clear on the dark backgrounds. Carefully chosen, easily decoded words ensure that beginning readers will find instant success here. The slowly filling boat and ridiculous situation add to the fun. Observant readers will enjoy finding the pig snouts drawn on the boat’s prow and hidden in many of the spreads. Even the endpapers are filled with them.
There’s not much of a story here, but a boatload of giggles will keep children returning for more easy-to-read fun. (Early reader. 3-6)