Published: 1st July 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Format: hardback picture book (purchased)
Pig the Pug is causing havoc and hilarity as he travels around the world.
Pig was a Pug
and I’m sorry to say,
when he went on vacation
he’d cause great dismay.
Everywhere he goes around the globe, Pig the Pug offends the locals and causes destruction and devastation. However, in the end, Pig’s rudeness comes back to bite him…
Rich with author-illustrator Aaron Blabey’s signature rhyming text and unforgettable illustrations, Pig the Tourist is a laugh-out-loud story that follows the six previous books in the series (Pig the Pug, Pig the Winner, Pig the Elf, Pig the Star, Pig the Fibber, and Pig the Stinker).
Pig the Pug is back and dare I say it, better than ever.
Everybody’s favourite little destroyer, Pig the Pug is continuing his adventures in this latest release from bestselling author Aaron Blabey. This time Pig and his family are headed overseas and around the world on what is meant to be the most epic of holidays … but Pig, being Pig, things never turn out the way they are intended.
I love everything about Pig the Tourist. From Blabey’s adorably quirky illustrations to his highly entertaining rhyming narrative. As an adult, I find this book has the most hilarious little innuendos and metaphors making it the perfect book for an adult to read to a child over and over again. There is just so much going on, kids and adults of all ages are going to love it!
The fun starts right with the endpapers this time as we learn that Pig has defaced poor Trevour the Dachshund’s international passport. Keen-eyed readers will also note the Piranha from Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas featured on the title page instead of Pig and Trevour. Right from the get-go, this caught my attention and made me smile. Blabey was up to something, and it didn’t disappoint!
As usual Blabey’s illustrations are comedic, colourful and larger than life. Featuring a mix of double-page illustrations with white and full-colour backgrounds, his images capture your attention and make it incredibly hard to look away from the chaos that Pig leaves in his wake.
When the book opens, Pig has escaped his cage and is causing all sorts of mischief as Trevour looks on bewildered from the safety of his own cage. Over the course of the book, we see the most amusing holiday ‘snapshots’ as Pig causes havoc everywhere from stealing the hotdog stand in New York, to writing his name in pee on a polar bear in Antartica, to destroying ancient wonders of the world in Eygpt, to upsetting the locals in Japan, China, Australia, France, Italy and England. He makes international headlines when he bawls over the Queen of England and topples the leaning tower of Pisa before finally getting his comeuppance in the murky waters of the Amazon with the Prihana’s.
Although I’m extremely biased here my favourite pages have to include the Australian page where Pig has doughnuts for ears and is wearing an ‘I’m a Koala’ sign around his neck. I laughed out loud at this one for longer than I am willing to admit. A close second being the African stampede …
Blabey’s text is suitably humorous, educational and just damn smart. He never breaks his rhyme even when subtly explaining to readers of all ages the need to be respectful of other cultures, customs and places of interest.
Best selling author, Aaron Blabey keeps getting better with each and every book, and it’s no surprise that this book is selling out quicker than you can say Pig the Tourist! His characters, settings, and story are spot on and I can’t wait to see what Pig gets up to next time.
Pig the Tourist is an absolute hoot for readers young and old; I highly recommend this book!
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