This little pig went exploring.
Pigloo, an anthropomorphic piglet, wants to go exploring and has big plans to head to the North Pole once it snows. He imagines he’ll see a red-and-white–striped pole and maybe a polar bear. His parents and big sister, Paisley, voice playful concerns about his chances and caution him to be patient and brave. As an aside, his sister also reminds him that “Admiral Byrd already found” the North Pole (Robert Peary isn’t the only one who would beg to differ). After some practice dog sledding with his stuffed animals (a bear and a unicorn) in his bedroom, snow finally falls, and Pigloo heads out only to discover that Paisley has beat him to a spot with a red-and-white pole and a polar bear—her stuffed animal. Sibling play ensues at the spot that Paisley has clearly set up, and then they head inside for snacks and report on their adventure to their doting parents. The watercolor and graphite illustrations are appealing and sweet throughout, though the rather precious vision of American exploration of the polar region alongside dog sled play, “igloo” building, and the protagonist’s very name may leave some readers cold. Why not just go sledding and build snow forts?
This wintery pig tale is cute but possibly not cute enough. (Picture book. 3-5)