Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey


Educational Review

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A perfect title to draw in beginning readers, Pig the Pug. Both words are easily able to be sounded out and with the sight word ‘the’ carefully placed in the middle, many young readers will love the fact they can read the title, when they see it on a shelf.

Of course, educationally Pig and Pug could then be followed up with many onset and rime words (pig – /p/ onset and /ig/ rime) for example

pig – wig, tig, big, fig, dig

pug – mug, hug, tug, rug

If onset and rime (which are Foundation Level concepts in the Australian National Curriculum) are beyond your child’s level of understanding.  A simpler activity could be to use the letter P, for Pig and Pug. Ask your child to think of something starting with P that Pig could eat, play, listen to, etc.

For example, Pig the pug likes to eat popcorn, play piano, practise performing pirouettes and paint pictures of pretty people performing plays.

And the gorgeous illustration of Pig the Pug on the front cover – how could you not look in the eyes of Pig and not want to know more about him and what he gets up to in his book.

The front cover is definitely a winner, especially for my 6 year old who loves dogs, and grabbed this book from the shelf.

Already, without even opening the book, there are so many educational benefits, that Aaron Blabey has provided.

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From the first page children know the type of character Pig the Pug is and can begin making connections with him.

Pig was a Pug

and I’m sorry to say,

he was greedy and selfish

                                                                                 in most every way.

The rhyming text Aaron Blabey uses gives children a chance to predict the last word of the sentence. By pausing before the second rhyming word on each page, children can use their understanding of rhyme to become involved in the reading of the text.

A good picture book exposes children to new words, such as greedy and selfish, then with pictorial cues and further text description helps children to understand the meaning of these new words.

To make things extremely clear for children, the word sharing is used. Sharing is one of the outcomes focused on in the Early Years Framework and one which many children are familiar with.

Most children would either  feel a connection with the character Pig the Pug as they don’t want to share toys or are connected with Trevor the sausage dog who tries to get others to share their toys.

The simple story of Pig the Pug leads to great discussions on sharing. Some activities could be:

–   role play of the book

–  writing letters to Pig the Pug to tell him why he should share with others

– writing letters to Trevor to give him some ways to help a friend who doesn’t share

 And of course, and here is a spoiler alert……Pig falling out the window may be a chance to talk about safety in the early childhood/home environment, if you really wanted to.

Children’s Reviews

Charlie (aged 7)

Prediction – I think the book is about a dog called Pig. I think he is going to be a bad dog who does things when he is told not to.

Favourite Part – My favourite part was when Pig was the king of the toy castle and when he started to share his toys. I learnt that scoot meant to leave quickly.

Different Ending – Pig could have shared his toys with Trevor before he got hurt.

Tommy (aged 6)

(Tommy couldn’t wait to get home to read this book, and looked through the pictures while driving from the library to home, therefore there is no prediction section.)

Favourite Part – It was funny when Pig fell out of the window when he was standing on top of all the toys because he was smiling.

Different Ending – The ending could have changed because Pig could have been a normal everyday dog and wasn’t greedy. He could have shared with the other dog and not be greedy and mean. My toy dogs share all the time and also like to party in the middle of the night with my toys.

We congratulate Aaron Blabey in being shortlisted for the 2015 CBCA Awards. We are looking forward to hearing who the winners will be.

To purchase this book or find out more about Aaron Blabey and his other successful books head to

                                 http://www.aaronblabeybooks.com/books/pig-pug

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