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Friday 19 May 2017

Review: Piggy

Piggy is a pig with a passion for reading. He spends most of his time wearing his huge red glasses and his head buried in a book. This makes him oblivious to the world around him. 

Down to his last book, he wants to share the ending with a friend. But reading alone fills his life. Piggy realises it’s time to look around; to find someone to share things with.

Piggy goes all out, ever more daring, reaching the point of proving pigs can fly, to get Kate’s attention, but without success. Will Piggy be able to make a friend of Kate the cat, when she too, always has her head buried in a book?

Can this smart Piggy discover what is holding Kate back?

Stunning illustrations in vivid colour are created using pencil and watercolour then digitally finished. Pictures full of animation are interspersed with text on alternate pages, opposite full-page illustrations. These show a more elaborate story which is visually stimulating, fun-filled and entertaining. Especially impressive are the pictures that depict the determined Piggy who refuses to give up. This determination holds a commanding position through the book.

Other themes that drive the story are perseverance, friendship, play, and the value of observation, learning and reading.

Title: Piggy
Author/Illustrator: Trevor Lai
Publisher: Bloomsbury $19.99
Publication Date: January 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781681190655
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book