Virtual Book Club for Kids: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This month, for our Virtual Book Club for Kids, we explored some books written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  One of our favorites, Little Oink, is a squeal of a book!  My kids just thought the book was hilarious!

Little Oink is about a pig who doesn’t like to be messy. His dad however tells him, “If you want to grow up to be a respectable pig, you must learn how to make a proper mess.” So before he gets to go play, he has to unmake his bed, unfold his clothes, put on a stained shirt, and throw his toys out of their bin.   Now what child wouldn’t love to make a mess rather than clean their room??

We also read Little Pea and Little Hoot and my son exclaimed, “Mom, they do everything the opposite of the real world in these books!” You’ll have to check them out to find out why.

For our craft we made Little Oink and splattered some mud on him.


  • Pink craft foam sheets with adhesive backing (easier for kids, no gluing necessary)
  • Blue craft foam (or any color of your choice…will be background)
  • Pink pipe cleaner
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Black sharpie
  • Brown paint
  • Sponge
  • Paper plate


First cut out the pieces to make your pig.  I cut out a circle for the head, an larger oval for the body, four rectangles with a partial triangle cut out for the feet, two triangles for the ears and another small oval for the snout.  I took a sharpie and colored in two circles in his snout, and some hooves on each foot.

For his tail, twist a pipe cleaner around a pen or finger to make it curly.

Then cut it in half.

Have your kids peel the backing of the foam…

…and place the shapes on the background foam to create “Little Oink”.  We stuck the curly pipe cleaner in the bottom left hand corner of the oval to give him a cute little tail.  (Just stick one end under the foam and the sticker will adhere to it).

My pig is all finished!

Next put some brown paint on a paper plate and have the kids take a sponge to sponge some brown paint onto the pig to make “mud”. I took a sponge that I bought at the dollar store and cut it into fourths.

Here’s our “Little Oink” all messy, so he can go out and play.

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