A very particular little pig discovers the joys that come with getting messy in this sweet and silly debut picture book.
Edward the pig never pets friendly dogs on the street. He never, ever eats food that spills or splatters. And he never, ever, EVER uses markers or glue sticks or paint. They are just too messy.
But what happens when—GLOOP!—a big tub of paint falls on Edward’s perfectly neat little head? Well, it might just turn out that getting messy has its upsides, too.
After all, even particular pigs can clean up afterward.
Pigs have a reputation for being messy, but Edward, a "very particular pig," is more of a Marie Kondo type: "He detests dirt. He fears filth. He likes things to be just so." First-time author Meade, a Brooklyn-based librarian, makes it clear early on how Edward's commitment to tidiness means that he's living life from the sidelines sometimes literally, such as when he doesn't join in a muddy game of baseball at school. When Edward accidentally gets messy while trying to straighten up an art supply shelf (instead of actually painting), he discovers that a little glop and slop might be worth it, if making art, experimenting with science, and having a more social existence are also part of the bargain. Working in colored pencil, debut illustrator Stern makes excellent use of bright colors and hand-drawn sound effects like "slurp" and squish" to create a joyful, dynamic world of leaf piles, puddles of paint, and airborne spaghetti and meatballs at lunch messy and dirty, yes, but also well worth it. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency.