Hardcover, 28 pages
Published by R & S Books (1999-10-15)
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Benny's mother is cleaning up. First it's Benny's potatoes and sticks. She insists on arranging them in neat rows. Then it's Benny. She wants to give him a bath! And then it's Little Piggy. She wants to put him in the washing machine. Benny's had enough. He and Little Piggy run off to find a more congenial home. But, even setting aside the mudholes, the world is not as inviting as Benny had thought.
Both tender and hilarious, Olof Landstrom's portrait of Benny will be immediately recognizable to anyone who has ever debated with a two-year-old.
One Potato Review
Weirdness here. As always, beneath their forbearing, enlightened exteriors, these Swedes are apparently up to something, though it isn’t always clear what, or when it will come bubbling into the open. Read and wonder: about Benny the piglet, fuming as his mother arranges his “sticks and potatoes in long rows” (but why?), then running away in a rage, a stuffed Piggy under his arm, passing pigs in their cabins staring at their computer screens, hoping to move into a hot dog stand (the hot dog salesman is human; he demurs), then digging a joyful, muddy hole on the property of man who suddenly appears raging, and threatening to “to straighten his curly tail.” The end? Fortunately not. “Life is so hard,” laments Benny. Thank goodness it’s also surprising.
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