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Oh no, Ono!
De Beer, Hans.
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Uniform Title:
Onno, das fröliche Ferkel. English
Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Ono the piglet's curiosity involves him in such mishaps as getting trapped in a ball of yarn while playing with a kitten and accidentally running into a sleeping cow while knocking over haystacks.
General Note:
"First published in Switzerland under the title Onno, das frö hliche Ferkel"--T.p. verso.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 81655.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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From the creator of the beloved Little Polar Bear comes another irresistible animal hero -- Ono, a beguiling and boisterous piglet. Youngsters can follow Ono's adventures in ten short, simple episodes, illustrated in comic strip style. The curious piglet's enthusiastic explorations of the farm -- which inevitably lead to disaster -- will elicit delighted laughter and the shout-out-loud refrain, ""Oh no, Ono!""

Author Notes

Illustrator Hans de Beer was born in 1957 in Muiden, the Netherlands. He works as a freelance illustrator for books and children's magazines. He is also the author of the Little Polar Bear series. His books have been published in numerous languages.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dutch author de Beer (the Little Polar Bear series) introduces a winningly playful and more than occasionally hapless pink porker. "Ono was a very curious piglet," the story begins, and a small, framed watercolor showing Ono quizzically nudging a hedgehog sets the mood for the next 10 spreads. De Beer devotes each of the right-hand pages to a briskly related incident, while the left-hand pages translate the event into wordless comics-style panels. "It was raining so Ono was trapped inside the barn. He was bored," begins one typical sketch. Interfering with the resident cat's yarn play seems ill-advised, but Ono barges ahead with gusto. As in all the spreads, the pig's impulsiveness leads to a hilarious dilemma he gets "all tangled up" prompting de Beer to declare his refrain, "Oh no, Ono!" A spot illustration below the text sums up the outcome: Ono and the cat end up tied back-to-back. De Beer makes no attempt to link one vignette to another, or to teach Ono a lesson (although he does apologize to a squirrel he has wronged). The result is a book that's bracing, silly and because it can be enjoyed in single-spread bites a good choice for wiggle worms just like the hero. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A curious piglet races around the barnyard finding mischief in this cozy tale. Each spread presents a brief adventure about Ono: chasing a rabbit into its den and getting stuck, doing a cannonball into the pond and splashing the ducklings into the air, saving a hen's egg from a hungry fox, and inadvertently tipping a haystack onto a cow. His escapades are inevitably greeted by the repeated refrain, "Oh no, Ono." Each episode ends with a wry comment about the lesson he has learned or the friends he has made. Small panels show the action on the left-hand side, while the narrative appears on the facing page. The marriage of the art and text is integral to the book's success; the full-color illustrations complete the action that the words merely hint at. Youngsters will delight in this saucy pig's irrepressible enthusiasm for new experiences and the benign regard or testy reactions of the animals he encounters. While the pictures are too small for groups, they are perfect for one-on-one sharing and independent readers.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.