Pig the Fibber by Aaron Blabey
Published by Scholastic Australia
Pig the Fibber is described as a 'laugh-out-loud' book and it delivers just that. Many of you may be familiar with Pig from his debut in Aaron Blabey's 'Pig the Pug', but even if you're not, you'll no doubt work out that he's quite the character.
This delightful tale had me chuckling before it had even begun (you'll see what I mean when you turn the first page) and the same wonderful humour is continued throughout the book in a simple yet melodic rhyme, making it great for reading aloud.
Aaron's bold illustrations capture the character's personalities straight away, thereby engaging little readers and their not so little parents alike. Bold and expressive but not too busy, the illustrations compliment the sing song rhyme to deliver a meaningful message to all: it is wrong to lie and point the blame, for the truth always comes out at the end - in Pig's case, like a bowling ball to the face!
Many of us find it easier to tell a little white lie here and there than face the truth, but Pig takes it a step further; relishing his fibs and using poor Trevor - his sausage dog mate - as a scapegoat for his own entertainment. One could even describe Pig as a bully as he's constantly going out of his way to get Trevor in trouble for his own amusement. This makes 'Pig the Fibber' a great read for parents with two or more kids, given siblings are always pointing the finger at each other!
Aaron is very clever in communicating these messages through Pig and Trevor. Blaming the dog for our own misgivings is a trait many of us are familiar with. There's the age old classic, 'the dog ate my homework' and of course the quiet cover up of blaming our furry friend for an unfortunate scent that escaped from one's rear! That said, it communicates on so many different levels making it an enjoyable read time and time again.
I read it to my little 5 month old and he smiled throughout - but to be fair, he's quite the happy guy! The tale is probably better suited to slightly older readers between the ages of 3 and 6 who will no doubt absorb more meaning from the story and appreciate the book's humour.
Hats off to Aaron for another great read and a fun reminder to us all not to tell big fat whoppers!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
Title: Pig the Fibber
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: May 2015