cover image The Big Trip

The Big Trip

Valeri Gorbachev. Philomel Books, $15.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-399-23965-6

Reprising the characters from Where Is the Apple Pie? and One Rainy Day, The Big Trip by Valeri Gorbachev is full of imagined adventures that ultimately take Pig nowhere. Each time Pig announces his mode of travel on the big trip he is planning, the bespectacled Goat dissuades him with stories of what might go wrong. If Pig rides a bike, Goat warns, he might fall off; if he boards a plane, the engine might stop. Gorbachev's watercolors of his supporting cast are as appealing as ever as they enter into or observe Pig's antics.