Published: 3rd September 2018
Publisher: Scholastic Books Australia
Format: Hardback Picture Book (Purchased)
Eww! What a stinker!
Pig isn’t just the world’s greediest Pug, he’s the DIRTIEST too.
It’s high time he had a bath! But try telling Pig that . . .
Over two million Pig books are now in print around the world!
Pig the Grub is the latest addition to the best selling Pig series by Arraon Blabey. With over two million Pig Books sold, you know you are in safe hands when it comes to quality kids picture books that will both entertain, and expand your child’s understanding of the world and vocabulary, all the while keeping readers of all ages coming back to see what Pig has gotten himself into this time.
In typical Pig The Pug style, Pig the Grub opens with an already dirty Pig, who steadily gets and worse and worse as the book progresses thanks to Pig’s less than ideal pastimes – playing with poo, lying in rubbish and mud etc. When the stench becomes unbearable, his owners try to bathe him, only for Pig to get up to his old tricks and goes to outlandish lengths to escape bath time (i.e. he plugs the taps), until his attempts backfire with a BANG and he ends up bathed and sulking, but still the unrefined, graceless, selfish and farting Pig the Pug we all know and love.
While the story itself is entertaining and what readers have come to expect from this vastly popular character, the book also takes on a serious note as it teaches kids about the importance of great hygiene for both oneself and those around them.
The text is simple and clear and usually restricted to no more than four or five lines per page. All of which goes to show how much of genius Blabey is and how well he knows his market, as Blabey uses his sparse words cleverly, making every word count. What’s more every now and then, accompanying a particularly smelly looking Pig, Blabey challenges the readers vocabulary by using words like ‘rank’, ‘reeked’, and ‘rancid’, just to name a few. The accompanying illustration and unfamiliar text, teaches the child reader more sophisticated and hard words in an easy to understand manner; a no small feat for books aimed at such young children.
Blabey has deliberately chosen his usual bland colour pallet for this book – predominately browns, blacks, greys, red, yellows/oranges with hits of green and pink in places – that further empathises the dire need for Pig’s bath. While Blabey is an expert illustrator in his own right, I love that he employs such basic colour schemes and doesn’t rely on bright and bold, over the top, colours and illustration devices to get his story over the line. Instead, his artwork is clean, coherent and timeless, creating the brand that readers easily identify with and can’t get enough off.
With Six Pig The Pug books successfully under his belt already, one would suspect Blabey’s tried and tested formula to start to get old and predictable by now. Instead, Blabey is going from strength to strength with his wickedly mischievous and naughty Pig The Pug getting up to even more obscene tricks and tantrums in every single book. Pig and Trevor are delightfully unpredictable and his story telling is humorous and educational with out preaching.
Pig the Grub would make a perfect addition to any child’s growing library collection.
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