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This story about basketball-playing piggies doubles as a cautionary tale for sports-obsessed parents. Twins Brendan and Belinda Porker are naturals at the sport, and instant stars of the Saturday afternoon All-Hoops Parents and Kids League. Dad constantly has them practicing and going over plays, encouraging them to become superstars "like Mike." When the opportunity arises, he signs them up for the Jump Shot Juniors, and their days are filled with even more basketball. One snow-filled Saturday, when Dad wants to tear the kids away from their snowman to get to the gym, they burst into tears. "Don't you want to be superstars? Don't you want to be like Mike?" Mr. Porker asks sadly. "Well-maybe we'll be superstars someday," answers Brendan. But not yet, adds Belinda. Dad wisely listens when his children tell him they have had too much of a good thing, and even spends the rest of the day sledding with them. Although the title is somewhat misleading, Rockwell's message is a good one. Meisel's action pictures are uncluttered and kid-friendly, and the pigs' facial expressions capture their glad and sad moods perfectly. An enjoyable read for all sports-minded kids, with a reminder that games are supposed to be fun, for both the kids and their parents.
—Martha SimpsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.