Happy Birthday, Little Pookie

9781481497701. ea vol: illus. by Sandra Boynton. 18p. (Little Pookie). S. & S./Little Simon. Aug. 2017. Board $5.99.
Baby-Toddler—Boynton's ode to the parent/child bond is utterly sweet but never saccharine. Whether Little Pookie, an overall-clad anthropomorphic piglet, is fretting, dancing, or getting ready for bed, his mother is right by his side to put things right or share in his joy. Narrated by Mommy, the energetic rhyming text is reassuring, with a dash of whimsy. Marked by lively linework, endearingly expressive characters, and an appealing solidity, the art is sure to entice. Must-have additions to any board book collection.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

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