Pig and Pug – Lynne Berry & Gemma Correll

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

40 pages

ISBN 9781481421317

June 2015

RRP

AU$ 24.99

NZ$ 27.99

Two small animals are quite different – and also very alike! Pig and Pug are rather small, ‘petite and portable’ in fact. They are just the right size to fit in a pocket (for Pig) and a purse (for Pig).

Have you already noticed how similar their names are? Small certainly did as we read aloud. As the story continued she giggled at many other similarities as these two meet each other for the first time, name-call, poke, wrestle and eventually make friends – sort of.

I am equally confident your young readers will also delight in the many parallels between this pair of perky but rather pugnacious (or is that pignacious?) pets.

This is overtly a very simple picture book with a very narrow but effective palette of colour used for the illustrations (somewhat reminiscent of a Dick Bruna style). For those readers exploring the sounds of words and language, comparing and contrasting these, and finding likenesses this will be a popular choice. As a read aloud it will work particularly well with Preps/Kinders who are now moving towards some independent reading.  Of course, at the start of next year it will be super as an introductory term read aloud, having children discern similar and different sounds/words.

Highly recommended for 0-5 years old.

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