cover image King Emmett the Second

King Emmett the Second

Mary Stolz. Greenwillow Books, $12.95 (56pp) ISBN 978-0-688-09520-8

When Emmett finds out that his family is moving to Ohio, he throws his first-ever temper tantrum, and determines to hate everything about his new home. To make matters worse, his mother informs him that his dear pig, King Emmett, is dead. In her sequel to Emmett's Pig , Stolz writes with customary wit and sensitivity, as Emmett views his familiar world turned upside-down. He is an unusual boy, filled with questions and ready answers, headstrong in his self-imposed duty to hate Ohio, but always aware of when he has pushed his patient parents a little too far. Stolz guides Emmett realistically--yet humorously--through his period of denial, until the lad realizes some important truths: liking his new home, new friends, even a new pet does not mean the abandonment of cherished memories. Williams's quiet, copper-toned illustrations perfectly characterize the book's gentle wisdom. This refreshing look at a common childhood fear is ideal for reading alone or with parents. Ages 7-up. (May)