It’s A Big World, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi
Synopsis from Amazon.com:
I had high hopes for Kristi Yamaguchi’s It’s a Big World, Little Pig! The cover looked cute, and it’s published by a wonderful publisher, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. It’s also the second book featuring the main character, Poppy, a little pig with big hopes and dreams. Tim Bowers illustrated this picture book, and that is where I can give the most praise. His pictures are soft and vibrant at the same time. I love that the animals he chose to draw really are the animals you would find in each country. The story line has a lot of potential, and if you have a budding ice skater, he or she will probably love it. One of the things I had a problem with was just how wordy the book was on each page. Now, I’ve read a lot of picture books. I’m a mom as well as a book blogger after all. Wordy picture books don’t scare me or usually turn me off. That is…IF the words really seem to steer the story along. There were some pages of this book that I felt like I was plugging along to get to the next part. Then, the next spread would speed me up just to turn the page and find myself plugging along in the story again. It was a bit inconsistent. While I know there are children who will appreciate and like this book, especially the illlustrations, there were a few things that I struggled with. It is due to release on March 6, 2012. I give this book 3 out of 5 books.