Audience: Children For Ages: 3 - 5 years old
"Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way." 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 learned a lesson!"
This might just be my favourite picture book of the year! Such a fun and interesting story. I would be shocked if you read this book and didn't find yourself laughing along with your child.
We are introduced to Pig, a very selfish Pug dog who will not share his toys. Goes out of his way to be a meanie and then learns his lesson when he tumbles out of the window (while standing on and lording over his pile of toys).
This story has a great moral to it that kids pick up on instantly. My son straight away said "that's not very nice" when Pig refused to share his toys and ran away with them. The later laughed as Pig tumbled from the window. His expert opinion is that the book was "brilliant" but I suspect it had more to do with the dog falling comically out the window rather than learning about sharing.
I also adore the art work and think it brings out the humour in the story. Even though he is a selfish pug he really is adorable.
The book is a delight to read to kids as a parent I really do pick books on what I want to read out loud. You do not want to read to your child if you are bored by the book (which is why the Spot books sit unread on the shelf *snooze* Spot is rather dull). But when you have a book like this with fun rhyming text and amazing artwork you can have fun yourself reading out loud doing the character voices.
Do yourself a favour and get your hands on this book. I have already purchased it as a present for friends. This book has already cemented itself as one of the favourite reads in our household, and might just knock Nick Bland off his pedestal in our house. We have only had our copy of the book for a week and Bland's reign as top book has been several months. Only time will tell who will win the battle between Cranky Bear and Pig the Pug. So just get yourself a copy, you truly wont regret it.