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LITTLE POOKIE by Sandra Boynton


by Sandra Boynton, illustrated by Sandra Boynton

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-375-87175-7
Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Mama lists 11 of Little Pookie's special attributes.

The youngster's characteristics range from picky eating habits (watch those peas, please!) to a love of the outdoors. His brief responses add contrast to his mother's assertions. He gives an enthusiastic “Yes!” to dirt and grime, but his mother's comment that he enjoys baths receives a half-hearted “maybe” that says it all. His mom describes his favorite activities with pride. “You like the piano, though the keys are so high.” Pookie's age-appropriate interests are spot-on; his father's oversized shirt trails on the ground when he plays dress-up. Reading a familiar story summarizes the love between mother and little one. Brisk pacing highlights spare rhymes that focus on the young ham's individualized preferences. Prolific Boynton's trademark format, ample white space and squiggly lines, adds delightful personality, from Pookie's bunny slippers to his wish for superhero flight.

Kids will delight in meeting this tiny porker with a huge personality. (Board book. 1-4)