Rosie, in all her bright, plush pinkness, dominates
Bender's (The Three Billy Goats Gruff) generally dark-hued watercolor-and-pastel
paintings. One spread, featuring Rosie striking a pose in a pot of springy
hollyhocks, is a real giggle-getter.
Jan Carr's Swine Divine pairs Robert Bender's whimsical
pig illustrations with the fun story of a very pink pig who is bathed
and brought before TV to act like a ham. Hilarious and fun.
Alliteration and onomatopoeia abound as do rhyming pairs
of words and cleverly used cliches. And all the way through, in an almost
glow-in-the-dark pink, Rosie is charming and adorable and true to her
slop-swallowing, mud-wallowing self.
|It was a pig-perfect morning. As the pale, pearly light broke over the quiet farm, Luke carried a bucket of swill to the sty. He spilled the swill into the big tin trough. Rosie ate her fill.||