Pig the Pug.
Pig the Pug
Aaron Blabey (2014)
Lindfield: Scholastic Press
It is no wonder teachers and teacher librarians get so excited by the prospect of a new Aaron Blabey picture book! His books are so appealing in their presentation, with minimal text and quirky original illustrations, as well as quite meaty layers of meaning for a discerning audience. His latest book is no exception!
Pig the Pug is a delightful picture book about learning to share, aimed at children from infancy to around nine years of age. Pig is a very greedy and selfish little pug who refuses to share anything with Trevor, the very kind sausage dog who lives in the same flat. Pig is injured whilst trying to keep all his toys to himself and then, of course, shares with Trevor who tried to save him.
Written in catchy rhyming text with lovely rhythm, this book is guaranteed to have children laughing and reading along. Lines like 'You keep your paws off them, you sausage-shaped swine!' are irresistible! This is a great text to instigate discussion about sharing and treating people the way you would like to be treated. The book is also a wonderful model for writing rhyming narrative.
There is a catch at the end where we are enlightened to the fact that perhaps Pug has not yet learned his lesson--a great leaping off point for children to create a follow-up narrative.
Fran Butt--Teacher Librarian, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Buderim