Told only in animal dialect and sound effects but with brilliant visual details, this story will become a bathtime favorite.

Starred review, Kirkus Reviews


A comical story about a very busy bath.

Written by David Elliot

  • Description

    Pig has been looking forward to a lovely peaceful bath all day when there’s a knock on the door…

    In come his cheerful, noisy friends, filling up the bath, uninvited. They are very noisy!

    Pig finds a way to make them go away.

    You can find teaching notes for Oink here.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 0-2 year, 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Award

      White Raven 2019

  • Reviews

    1. Magpie Magazine

      Elliot’s simple story is beautifully captured.

    2. The Horn Book (July/August 2019)

      Told only through small-scale art and the animal and door sounds, the story uses smart pacing and energetic line work with muted washes of color to draw out the droll humor throughout.

    3. Goodreads – Barbara

      I dare anyone to read this picture book and not come away amused.

    4. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

      Ah, Oink. You are genuinely funny and refreshing.

    5. Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

      Pencil-and-wash pictures in muted tones evoke a sense of calm, while splashes of bright color provide a contrast to the tranquil atmosphere; every time the door opens and someone new appears, bright orange spills from the room beyond.

    6. New York Times

      Gorgeous Books to Expand the Youngest Minds
      The delicacy and subtlety of the art only adds to the frisky humor.

    7. Youth Services Book Review

      This book will make you giggle and even laugh, outright!

    8. Swings + Roundabouts

      With no words other than onomatopoeic animal sounds this seemingly simple book provides a warm and rich sense of joy.

    9. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      The soft pencil-and-watercolor drawings are masterful in their simple details, and kids will enjoy telling the tale themselves, intoning the animal sounds in different ways to heighten the drama of the story.

    10. Best 50 Kids Books 2018, The Listener (NZ)

      This bathroom interlude is the perfect story to share with a child just beginning to read. It has just enough text for the child to tell the story to an adult listener.

    11. The Sapling (NZ)

      Oink is perfect to be pored over with a young child – slowly interpreting each page by the expressions and actions of the animals…Simple, clever and funny.

    12. Trevor Agnew, The Source (NZ)

      This picture book, Oink, achieves the most difficult feat of all – telling a story entirely in pictures…This is a great book to share with young readers, so they can provide their own running commentary. The timing should perhaps be after, rather than before, a bath.

    13. Book trailers for Kids and YA

      Pig is cute and his expressions are delightful and totally believable. You certainly can tell when he is frustrated with all the interruptions and the smile on his face when he finally gets the bath to himself is pure gold.

    14. Bob’s Book Blog (NZ)

      Brilliantly illustrated. The facial images of all the animals are stunning and pigs contented smirk at the end is a gem.

      The best thing about wordless picture books is that the reader can describe what is happening in their own words. Children will get great delight in explaining this story.

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