Pig is the greediest pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens . . . Hopefully Pig has learned a lesson!
I was very lucky to review this book "Pig the Pug" by Aaron Blabley. I haven't read any of his children's books before so was looking forward to reading this one.
The first thing that drew my attention was the eye catching cover. Pig the bug was nice and bold and it had a very simplistic background. When you first pick up the book you are drawn to pig the pug. This carries on the entire way through the book which is fantastic. The pictures are lovely and bold which are easy for little eyes to see and even better for those of us who don't have perfect vision.
The main storyline is a great one and something that I am constantly telling the children I work with. It is all about pig the pug who is greedy. He doesn't like to share his toys or food with absolutely anyone. But (I won't ruin the ending) when something happens to Pig the Pug in the book he is forced to think about what he has been doing and make a decision that will change how people percieve him.
All in all I think this is a fantastic book and for a hard cover book I think the price is really reasonable. It is a book that is requested at my work by the children most days. It has a great sense of humour tied through the book to so it is great for all ages.
Trevor the dog likes to share and play nicely and tries to encourage Pig the Pug to do the same. No matter what Trevor suggests, Pig the Pug is selfish and greedy with his belongings. He is also rather rude to Trevor. Eventually, Pig the Pug ends up seriously injuring himself and has no choice other than to be friends with Trevor. The image on the final page is very funny and Trevor's smirk is very cute.
Mr Four and I had a good discussion while reading the story about how it is much better to share toys etc rather than being greedy with them. We also talked about how is can be lonely if you try to keep all of your possessions to yourself and it is much more sociable to play together.
The white space (or single coloured background) in the book is used to great effect. One simple image is used on some of the pages to really draw the eye to it. The eyes on the dogs are bold and large and become a strong visual on each page. I think the facial expressions on each of the dogs are well done and humorous.
In line with everything in the book belonging to Pig the Pug, the page marked "This book belongs to" has "PIG" written in it. Mr Four thought it was funny as this is usually where his name would go. We discussed that in this book Pig the Pug thinks everything belongs to him, even this book.
The rhyme throughout the book is easy to read and lyrical. Although I think we would read the book a number of times, I don't see it being one that would become one of the absolute favourite in our house. Perhaps when Mr Four is able to read a bit more independently, he may return to the book by himself to read it. The typeface is a nice size and style. There aren't too many words on each page.
I think that this book is set at a reasonable price for a good quality hardcover book. I like the simple, strong look of the front cover and I think it would stand out in a pile of books for a child to pick.
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