Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Imprint: BLM Children’s USA
What’s not to love about a cute little pig who loves to read so much that he’s never made any friends? Piggy has always been so immersed in his books and the library that it is almost a disaster when he comes to the last book and realises that he is actually quite lonely.
The little cutie goes looking for something to amuse himself and spies a sweet cat reading her book. Perhaps this could be a friend? Piggy tries everything he can think of to get the little cat’s attention including some spectacular moves but nothing works. Then he figures he should try sharing the happy ending of his last book with her – and of course that works! The two become special friends who read AND play together.
The illustrations are every bit as charming as the text – as one might expect from an animator – very much in the cartoon style but with real appeal for little ones.
This is a really sweet book about forming friendships and would be perfect for little ones from around kindy age upwards.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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.