A sweet, lighthearted tale of a piglet discovering where she belongs.

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PIGLETTE

Piglette was born on a farm in France but dreams for something more.

Declared “Perfection!” by her mother at birth, Piglette seeks out Parisian delights in Aronson’s cheery debut. Born after three brothers and three sisters, Piglette stands out in her family because “nothing piggish seemed to please her.” She doesn’t like slop and prefers pampering over playing in the mud. Her favorite place on the farm is a beautiful pasture filled with sweet-smelling flowers such as lilies, lilacs, lavender, and roses. Lush language and soft pastel illustrations bring this heavenly setting to life. When Piglette realizes farm life is not for her, she hitches a ride on a “pungent pickup” full of flowers and moves to Paris to begin anew. In Paris, she might be a poet or a painter or a pastry chef, but what really draws her in is the magic of smells—leading her to a perfumery. Piglette’s journey abounds with alliteration: “They pampered Piglette like a princess.” When Piglette grows homesick, she leaves behind the city she has come to love and journeys home, but she finds a way to bring a dash of Paris to the pasture. Accompanied by pleasant, warm cartoons depicting family, friendship, and a little adventure, Piglette’s story is a joyful one that also makes for an amusing read-aloud.

A sweet, lighthearted tale of a piglet discovering where she belongs. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 26, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-11678-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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A sweet reminder that it’s easy to weather a storm with the company and kindness of friends.

GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK

Is it a stormy-night scare or a bedtime book? Both!

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are heading home when a storm lets loose. Before long, their familiar, now very nervous barnyard friends (Goat, Hen, Goose, Cow, Duck, and Pig) squeeze into the garage. Blue explains that “clouds bump and tumble in the sky, / but here inside we’re warm and dry, / and all the thirsty plants below / will get a drink to help them grow!” The friends begin to relax. “Duck said, loud as he could quack it, / ‘THUNDER’S JUST A NOISY RACKET!’ ” In the quiet after the storm, the barnyard friends are sleepy, but the garage is not their home. “ ‘Beep!’ said Blue. ‘Just hop inside. / All aboard for the bedtime ride!’ ” Young readers will settle down for their own bedtimes as Blue and Toad drop each friend at home and bid them a good night before returning to the garage and their own beds. “Blue gave one small sleepy ‘Beep.’ / Then Little Blue Truck fell fast asleep.” Joseph’s rich nighttime-blue illustrations (done “in the style of [series co-creator] Jill McElmurry”) highlight the power of the storm and capture the still serenity that follows. Little Blue Truck has been chugging along since 2008, but there seems to be plenty of gas left in the tank.

A sweet reminder that it’s easy to weather a storm with the company and kindness of friends. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-85213-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: June 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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