Title: Pig the Monster
Author: Aaron Blabey
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: 1st July 2021
Synopsis: Over EIGHT MILLION Pig books in print!
- Trick or treat! Pig, the world’s greediest Pug, is back
in time for Halloween, and he wants TREATS! TREATS!
- Hilarious new story, filled with tricks, treats and
devilish fun, guaranteed to make the whole family
laugh out loud!
- #1 New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Blabey.
- Themes: Halloween, tricks and pranks, greed, sharing
Be very afraid . . .
It’s Halloween, and Pig is on a rampage for treats! But don’t be stingy, because this greedy Pug has some terrible tricks up his sleeve . . .
Another laugh-out-loud book from the #1 New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Blabey.
Pig the Pug is a selfish and greedy pug – a theme that has continued across the series. From my research, each book looks at the issue of sharing, or getting along with people or being nice in a variety of ways across the seasons and various activities. In this story, set around Halloween, Pig wants all the lollies he can get – even if chocolate is bad for dogs, and his friends and other dogs that live near him want to share with him.
Pig’s pranks and tricks might work to bring him chocolate, but is this the right way to go about it? Should he be hoarding the chocolate and not sharing? Never fear – Trevor – his friend from the other books, is there to help him work it all out – but can Trevor help Pig in time, or will Pig’s impulses get him into trouble again?
The rhyming format of the Pig the Pug, combined with Aaron Blabey’s actively enticing illustrations allows young readers to build on their understanding of how words and images work together, their visual literacy, as well as their vocabulary and readings skills and confidence. But as well as that, it can also help teach children not to be judgemental and selfish.
Pig is presented as selfish, as only thinking of himself – and thus needs to be reminded by others to do so, but in this instance, he also must be reminded of the dangers of chocolate for dogs which perhaps provides two more lessons for younger readers: everything in moderation, and never EVER give chocolate to your pet dog! If kids van learn all these lessons about life and literacy whilst reading and having fun – and not just this book, but reading anything, then there is something fun in that book. Books can be used to teach a variety of lessons too, as well as opening up conversations about various topics and issues, and books can be a safe and interesting way to do this, and allow the space to ask questions and see how we respond to what is in the text.