Best friends Toot and Puddle are pigs living in the small country town of Woodcock Pocket. While Puddle revels in the simple joys of home, Toot takes off for an ambitious year-long trip around the world, and the very different experiences of the two friends are placed side by side on each double-paged spread of this entertaining picture book. On Toot’s pages, his monthly postcard is reproduced, complete with stamp and postmark, together with an illustration of his latest adventure: scaling Mont Blanc in the Alps, cavorting with hippos in Kenya, riding a camel in Egypt, savoring sweets at an Italian pastry shop, playing with penguins in Antarctica. Meanwhile, readers get to compare Puddle’s no-less-enjoyable adventures back home: gathering maple sap to make syrup, frolicking in spring mud, trying on Halloween masks, painting a self-portrait, soaking in a soothing bath.
Budding globetrotters and happy homebodies alike will delight in Holly Hobbie’s inventive story, which proves that people (or pigs) don’t have to be exactly alike to be the best of friends. Her attractive watercolor illustrations are full of amusing details for observant kids to find. Sprinkled with simple facts, this enthusiastic picture book encourages readers to think about, if not visit, the many exciting places in the wide world outside — and not to forget that the world at home is just as worthy of exploration.