Sandra Boynton, What’s Wrong, Little Pookie? (Robin Corey Books, 2007)
Boynton’s first (of five, at least as of this writing) Pookie books features Pookie the pig and his long-suffering mother trying to figure out why the petulant little Pook is in a foul mood. Anyone who has ever had kids, or been in contact with them for a substantial amount of time, is going to empathize all too well, and Boynton’s abilities with rhythm and rhyme are well-documented enough, I think, that I can simply mention them and move on. We’ve read all five of the Pookie books at our house multiple times, and of the five, this is my favorite by a nose (though for the record, Bean the Pookie fanatic’s favorite is Let’s Dance, Little Pookie!.) Classic Boynton. ****
A dramatic performance of the work under consideration.