Friday, August 14, 2015

Pig and Pug by Lynne Berry -- OPTIONAL

 Berry, Lynne Pig and Pug, illustrated by Gemma Correll. PICTURE BOOK. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. $16.99. Content: G.

When Pig and Pug first meet, it's hate at first sight. It doesn't help that the words "pug" and "pig" are so close that they keep confusing the two. After a prolonged argument about their names, they come to a truce...for now, at least.

Although the illustrations are adorable, this book has very little plot, Pig and Pug have no real personality, and the text is repetitive. In addition, having an entire book centered around a meaningless argument feels needlessly negative. Perhaps someone who loves the book more than I could give it a dynamic reading at a circle time and bring the argument to life in a silly way, emphasizing the vowel differences between the words "pig" and "pug" and reveling in the scene where Pug rolls into a mud hole.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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