Pigs are messy right? Well, not Little Oink. The one thing he really doesn't enjoy is "Mess up time". That's when pigs are supposed to make a mess. But Little Oink wants to have a clean room like his friends.
Papa Pig tells him that respectable pigs must learn how to make a "proper mess". So, Little Oink snorts and goes off to mess up his room, saying to himself, "When I grow up, I'm going to let my kids clean up their rooms as much as they want."
Once Little Oink messes his room up to his parents' satisfaction, he can go out and play his favorite game--house. Now he can finally do what he wants!
I haven't read Little Pea and Little Hoot from creators Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace, but I did read and review Rosenthal's book with Tom Litchenheld, Duck! Rabbit!. You'll find that review here.
Rosenthal tackles the challenging issue of cleaning your room in a funny way. Parent/child relationships can be so contentious at times, especially where a strong-willed child is involved--take it from a strong-willed mother who has a strong-willed daughter.
While I seriously doubt any child will be running off to clean her room after reading Little Oink, the book shows in a non-confrontational way that while children should obey their parents, there will also be a time to do what the child wants to do; thereby encouraging a child to explore her individuality.
A delightful and fun story for young readers. I'll certainly be keeping my eye on what Amy Krouse Rosenthal is up to next.