Norman Whaler is from Grosse Pointe, MI, USA. He writes
children's books with positive messages and is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), IAN, and IBPA.
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
When Gobble awoke one morning, just like any other day on the farm, she couldn’t have imagined the mystery about to unfold. Oink, Gobble’s best friend, had always had an active imagination, but this time Gobble was concerned about the magnitude of her friend's fantastical thoughts. Oink insisted that someone had stolen his cupcakes; cupcakes he had been saving for a snack! Looking for clues as to the possible vandals, Oink and Gobble found a large set of footprints. Oink immediately decided the cupcake thief must be Big Foot. Always the rational one, Gobble argued that Bigfoot was not real therefore could not be the thief. Even though most of the farmyard animals believed Oink to be “two slices of bread short of a sandwich,” Gobble always stood up for her friend. With every fact Gobble offers against the existence of Big Foot, Oink gives a reciprocal argument.
Oink and Gobble and the Missing Cupcakes by Norman Whaler is a delightfully entertaining story about the power of strong beliefs. While Oink persistently argues for the existence of mythical creatures, Gobble does her best to be rational, encouraging the premise of fact versus hearsay. Author Norman Whaler incorporates sophisticated humor into this children’s story, allowing for adult appreciation as well. Oink and Gobble and the Missing Cupcakes makes an excellent read-aloud activity as well as an individual book for advanced elementary school readers. Supported by quotes from Lewis Carroll, Dr. Seuss, and Madeleine L’Engle, Oink and Gobble easily fall into the category of classic fantasy.