|Pig the pug (Pig the pug)|
Author: Blabey, Aaron
Pig is a selfish pug who does not want to share his toys with his canine housemate, Trevor--until an accident teaches him the value of friendship.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 187560
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 69780
School Library Journal (00/11/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2016 Pig the Pug can’t be ignored. From the close-up depiction of his feisty face that dominates the front cover, to his greediness (“Pig was a Pug / and I’m sorry to say, / he was greedy and selfish / in most every way”), he demands attention. Pig devours his food from a bowl emblazoned with the word MINE, and he’s never nice to his housemate, a wiener dog named Trevor. While Trevor flashes a big toothy smile, Pig grimaces as he “flips his wig” over a suggestion of shared play. The rhyming lines scan smoothly, creating a rhythm to this story with a predictable ending, and the predominance of red as background and intermittent color (balls, steaks, clown noses) adds energy. Pig’s expressive, bulging eyes also add to the power of the tale. There is certainly a moral here, but there’s lots of fun to be had in the telling. Pair with The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012), by Mo Willems, for a slightly different take on attitude and sharing. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Pig, a greedy little pug, lives with Trevor, an amiable dachshund. While Pig has an assorted array of goodies—toy bones, balls, chew toys—he refuses to share the wealth with Trevor. When Pig's companion gently attempts to persuade the pug that playing together might be fun, Pig explodes. He jumps on top of a gigantic pile of his loot, jealously guarding it from Trevor—and soon finds that pride goes before a (painful) fall. The story is straightforward and fun, though the text, told in rhyming verse, is occasionally strained ("And once he had gathered them/up in a pile,/he howled from the top/with a satisfied smile."). The rich, saturated acrylic artwork has a caricaturelike feel and will invite giggles of delight from readers and listeners. Plump Pig is particularly exaggerated, with bulging eyes, a protruding tongue, and a manic expression as he gestures wildly atop his mountain of toys. Young children will revel in his unapologetically naughty antics and might even learn a lesson or two about the value of sharing. VERDICT Though this tale takes on a familiar subject, it should provoke laughter from the intended audience. A fine option where books on sharing are needed.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.