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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug

by Aaron Blabey

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Hilarious illustrations and clever rhymes make this a storytime standout. It's basically a (slighter) retelling of the key lesson of "Yertle the Turtle," but Pig is a much more entertaining villain (or is he an antihero?). The real treat of this book, however, is the illustrations -- from the cover image on through, this book is delightful to look at. ( )
  jenspirko | Jun 15, 2017 |
Category/genre: Children's picture book
Notable: Sharing

Blabey does an amazing job of creating a fictional story about a pig the pug who is asked to share his toys. After being asked time and again, the stubborn pug decides to side with his greed and not share any of his toys. After the pug goes through a learning event, he then comes to the realization of why it is important to share with others. This book is great for young readers as they are learning about sharing with others and why it is bad to be selfish. ( )
  Diana.Vigil | May 1, 2017 |
"Pig was a pug / and I'm sorry to say, / he was greedy and selfish / in most every way." And so begins the rhyming narrative of Pig the Pug, an amusing Australian picture-book featuring two very different dogs: the eponymous Pig, a selfish pug who refuses to share, and the goodhearted Trevor, a dachshund who tries his best to befriend his canine companion. Pig resists all overtures until an accident teaches him differently... or does it?

Originally published in Australia in 2014, and just now (January 2017) being made available in the states, Pig the Pug is an amusing look at issues of sharing and playing well together, as enacted by two dogs. Of course, many young children will see a bit of themselves in both Pig and Trevor - most of us have had moments when we wanted to keep our possessions to ourselves, and most of us have wanted to share in enjoying others' things - and will enjoy seeing Pig "learn his lesson." For my part, I was amused to see that the solution to the problem lies in Pig being encased in a very restrictive cast. One wonders whether matters will revert to their old state, when he is healed. However that may be, this was an entertaining tale, made all the more appealing by Aaron Blabey's hilarious illustrations. Pig's wild antics are perfectly captured in his colorful artwork, as is Trevor's initial friendliness, and then dejection. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories addressing questions of sharing and kindness, particularly stories in which these questions aren't neatly wrapped up in the end. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 27, 2016 |
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Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens... Hopefully Pig has learnt a lesson!
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