Much loved Pig the Pug does not quite grasp the Christmas spirit. He has written a very, very, VERY long list of demands for Santa and refuses to go to bed, instead he stays up late so he can watch all his loot get delivered. He is about to get taught a hilarious wee lesson. Parents and kids will love reading this book. It raises a great message in a gentle funny way. Illustrations will delight.
As we get closer to December, I've been keen to trial new Christmas books for our 24 days of Christmas book advent. We (Miss 5 and Miss 2) have heard of Pig the Pug and recently bought the initial book from Scholastic, so when Pig the Elf came up for review, we had to give it a go. The girls were so excited to sit down early and read a Christmas book, and this book did not fail in any aspect!
The cover is what attracted us all to the book, with the colourful but clear picture of a funny looking dog wearing a Christmas hat. You just know you're in for a laugh with an illustration like that! And they continued right through the book, matching up perfectly to the story and getting you right in the Christmas mood. The story flowed wonderfully, and the rhyming really caught you in the story. I had 2 little girls captured by those words right from the start until the very end.
A great story with a hidden message on how you should go to bed on Christmas Eve...something I hope has taught Miss 5 what to do! I can totally relate to Pig as Miss 5 and Trevor as Miss 2...so we will see what happens! Miss 5 was very keen to read the book herself to her sister after I had read it. The font is easily read, and the size was nice to follow for both girls to see. The reward chart and stickers at the back were a lovely addition and will be put to good use leading up to the big man's visit at Christmas time.
I can't rate this book highly enough. It is all round fantastic and I can't flaw it at all. This is definitely one book I'll be buying for a Christmas present for friends to go with the Pig the Pug book we've already bought them.
My seven year old daughter is a big fan of Aaron Blabey's Pig the Pug series so she was very excited to see I had been given a Pig the Elf book to review. The school librarian had read the book to her class last Christmas but it was all new for me. This book is designed for younger children too but Miss 7 enjoyed the fact that she was able to read most of it herself.
We enjoyed reading the book together and we had a few giggles at the silly things that happened in the story and the extra story that was in the pictures. I didn't know until reading this book that Santa wore snowmen boxer shorts. As a parent and former teacher I like that this book contains some important lessons, just as the other Pig the Pug books too. Pig is very greedy and has a very long Christmas wish list that contains lots of expensive and impractical presents whereas Trevor just wants something nice. Pig wanted to stay up on Christmas Eve to see Santa but he got more than he bargained for.
The 2017 publication has the added bonus of a reward chart and stickers. This could be used for anything and although one of the stickers is a Christmas bauble I'm sure it could be used at any time of the year. This is a great idea and we will be using it to encourage Miss 7 to do her homework without complaining. This is another great book in the series. I will hope this isn't the end of Pig's misadventures. I will also be buying copies of this book for my young nieces and nephews as I'm sure it will be a hit with them and their parents.
Pig the Pug, or in this case Pig the Elf, is a favourite in our house! Miss 3 loves all of Pig's crazy antics and his humorous behaviour so she was of course delighted to see that I had brought home a new Pig book to read with her, and even more so to see that Pig was infact wearing a Christmas hat!
The first time reading this book I had to have a wee giggle as Pig reminded me so much of my daughter last Christmas Eve, as like Pig she didn't want to sleep or stay in bed, instead she wanted to sneak out continuously hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa or to find her presents out under the tree. This book has become an absolute favourite in our house with us having to read it at least once a day, luckily it is such a great book that I don't mind reading it over and over, this is muchly due to the humour that is used throughout the story such as 'Oi' shouted Pig, 'I'm not done with you, chum!'. This book had a lot of words in it that Miss 3 questioned me about such as 'galoot' and 'chortle' as these words which she wasn't familiar with, to be honest I love it when books pose such questions as it is a great way to extend a child's vocabulary.
I shared this book at daycare with the children I teach and they also loved it and were drawn into the book by Pig's humour and antics which provided lot's and lot's of laughs, they particularly loved it when Pig nipped Santa on the bum! Although there were several children who were also concerned that Santa may not be okay to deliver their presents. The staff loved it and we have already added this to our list of 'need to buy' books for the centre to join our other Pig the Pug books which are so very well loved.
Although this is a super fun book it is also important to look at the hidden message contained in the story of not being greedy and to be grateful for what you have received at Christmas as Pig soon learnt nearer to the end of the story. This has been a great discussion for me to bring us with MIss 3 who wants, wants, wants everything that she sees on tv! To solve this we agreed to sit down and write a list for Santa, just like Pig had done in the book.
A beautiful book full of gorgeous pictures, which i'd totally recommend for either adding to your Pig the Pug or Christmas collection, would make a great read on Christmas eve.
Both of my girls are obsessed with pugs. I blame their love of Dan TDM on Youtube, who has pugs. Okay, so I also think they are pretty cool dogs. When my youngest saw this book's cover she was automatically drawn to it. She thought that Pig looked very fun. She liked his Santa hat and she was excited to have the story read to her.
We sat down together and I read through the story. Miss four was thrilled about the idea of making a list of Santa but she thought that Pig was being very mean with all his demands. She got a bit cross with him at one point and shook her finger at him. The book is very funny too though and she got the uncontrollable giggles towards the end. I had to re-read it a few times before she would go to bed.
Over the course of the week, she would race me to her bedroom to make sure I selected this book to read. I was not allowed to read anything else. Eventually I managed to smuggle the book out of her room and into her sister's room. Miss 9 squealed when she saw the cover. "Oh , it's that naughty Pug! I know this guy. Not this book, but this guy I know. He has a friend who is lovely and he is not very nice at all."
As we were reading she pointed out lovely Trevor and shook her head in dismay over Pig's antics. At the end she wanted me to re-read the Christmas list Pig made. She thought he was being very greedy and that he should be grateful for the gifts he got. So the book has a good moral too. This one has definitely been a favourite here. We might have to seek out the other Pig books.
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