Monday, October 25, 2010
Happy Birthday, Little Pookie: Sandra Boynton
Hooray! A new Sandra Boynton board book. I still remember how excited I was when I first saw Sandra's quirky, hilarious cards in the stores years ago. No one else was doing anything like she was at the time, and I consider her a creative pioneer.
Little Pookie is a pig. The first page illustration of him is so pignant, oh, I mean poignant. Really sweet and childlike. Pookie is waking up his/her pig parents because it's Pookie's birthday. However, it's the middle of the night before this big event. So Pookie is coaxed back into bed, only to return at precisely 5:32 a.m. with yet another birthday announcement. Parents reply:
You're back little Pookie.
Well, okay, it's your day,
Happy Birthday to you!
The fun day plays out with piggie pancakes, a balloon, and friends. And it ends with a wonderful happy birthday wish. This story took me back to a time when birthdays were so important--when I thought the world revolved around the fact that it was MY birthday!
A sweet, sturdy, rhyming, realistic board books totz will love!
Happy Birthday, Little Pookie
Author-illustrator: Sandra Boynton
Robin Corey Books, 2010