Author Arthur Geisert succeeded in writing an engaging picture book using just one word, and that one word is really a sound: oink.

Oink is about a mama pig, her litter of piglets and their life on the farm.  Geisert’s near-black-&-white illustrations are beautifully delicate and detailed in telling the pigs’ story.

I can imagine the fun of reading it aloud to small children, putting much emotion, thought and energy into the ‘oinks’ on each page, depending on what the picture displays.  And after reading it a few times, the child would be able to ‘read’ it to herself, following the piglets’ adventures.

Highly recommended for ages 1 – 5.

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