These piggy progeny are a problem!
The erudite (and one might say uptight) pig from Do Not Open This Book (2006) has been prevailed upon to babysit his niece and nephews. “Do you know anything about children?” the pig asks readers. He wonders if there’s any way to control the volume on them or if they come with specific washing instructions. Their mother has left a list of ways to keep them occupied, but it seems the protagonist’s ideas of what constitutes playtime (the harp or golf) are not in sync with the piglets’, and readers are likely to tell him so. It’s the same with snack time (would piglets like Limburger and caviar?) and nap time. After a disastrous “CRASH!” the harried porker asks readers to assess a list of suggested activities to entertain these unruly kids: laundry, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, or going outside. The page turn gives readers the opportunity to supply the correct answer, which he tries. Outdoor play seems to work for a moment—until the mud fight. But after a little détente on the part of his charges, he decides babysitting is not all that bad. Lemaître’s bright cartoons bring James Stevenson to mind, and they provide plenty of giggles in their interaction with Muntean’s all-dialogue text. The pig’s gender is never specified textually, but stereotypes both visual and cultural suggest the protagonist is male.
Interactive silliness for both babysitters and babysat. (Picture book. 3-7)