Meet Boris, Morris, Horace and Doris, four rude, smelly, bad tempered boars. Never, ever let them into your home - Horace will soak in the toilet for hours, he'll eat your soap, clip his toenail in bed and be rude to your pets! As for Doris, she has never been good, not for one single second, not once, not ever - you have been warned.
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Meg Rosoff is the celebrated author of How I Live Now, winner of the the Guardian Fiction Award. She lives in London with her family and this is her first picture book for Puffin. Sophie Blackall has illustrated several books, including Ruby's Wish, for which she was awarded the Ezra Jack Keats Award, among other honors. She lives in Brooklyn, New YorkFrom Booklist:
*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. Rosoff, winner of the 2005 Michael L. Printz Award for her YA novel How I Live Now (see The Booklist Interview, p.1289), does a 180 in this picture book about dirty, stinky, mean boars. Yet there is a thread between the two books. Both are bitingly funny and deeply satisfying--each on its own level, of course. Morris, Boris, Horace, and Doris don't like others, and don't want others to like them. Consequently, being polite to Boris results in a tusk in the butt. If you try to help Horace with his mittens, he'll make a nasty smell and snort with laughter. Doris may be the worst case, though--the stinkiest, ugliest, bossiest boar of all. If the boars say they'll be nice when they visit your home, don't believe them. They'll do everything from soaking in your toilet to cutting the string off your puppets. Doris will eat your stuffed animals. So, everyone agrees that there is no such thing as a nice wild boar, but--as the final picture shows--you may run into one that is sweet ("though chances are that you won't"), and then you will be amazed. Blackall's roll-on-the-ground-in-laughter illustrations are incisively rendered in ink and gouache. There's not a bad habit, predilection, or odor that isn't described or drawn, and the boars' sly reactions to the havoc they cause are priceless. Let's hope for more from this disgustingly delightful group. Wild, they may be. Bores, they are not. Ilene Cooper
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