Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
Published by Scholastic Australia
''Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way.''
I'm a sucker for a good dog story, particularly a hilarious one like Pig the Pug by award-winning author / illustrator, Aaron Blabey. With a front cover that creates a lasting impression; a bulgy eyed, flat nosed pug that is so ugly that it's really quite adorable, you just can't resist!
In true toddler tantrum-style behaviour, Pig the Pug blatantly refuses to share his food and toys with friendly sausage dog, Trevor. And it is the mere suggestion that really sets Pig off.
''Well, Pig flipped his wig.''
The crazed expression on his face, and the name calling, with toys being tossed in the air... this behaviour would never be condoned, but, I'm sorry to say, it's so ashamedly funny.
So Pig gathers all his belongings with a huff and a puff, and stands tall on the top of his tower like a spoilt brat, until... he endures an utter misfortune. With a distinguishable reference to the phrase, 'When pigs can fly', Pig the Pug cannot and receives his just deserts, which only turns out to be sweet for one... Trevor!
With no choice in the matter, Pig is forced to play with his canine friend. And although not totally deserved, we can't help but feel some compassion towards Pig, but we still sneak in a final little giggle nevertheless.
Pig the Pug is delightfully told in fun, exuberant rhyme, with vivid, amusing illustrations. Aaron Blabey has brilliantly depicted cleverness, humour, a touch of darkness, and a clear lesson in learning to share. A wildly funny read for all ages.
CKT Book Reviewer
Title: Pig the Pug
Author/Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: July 2014