A busy school day gives the Peppa Pig licensing team an opportunity to cram every bit of learning and labeling they can into this based-on-a-British-TV-show title.
It’s not just any school day, though, it’s Special Talent Day, and Peppa has yet to decide which of her many talents she will share—singing, dancing, jumping rope. After a “good pancake breakfast,” it’s off to school. Before the students can share their talents, there are all sorts of things to learn and do: counting from one to 10, naming an object that begins with each letter of the alphabet, playing store, painting, lunchtime and recess, and music class (aka name-a-bunch-of-instruments-and-their-sounds class). Finally, it’s time to share their talents. But what will Peppa do when she realizes not one of her talents is unique? She shows her class just what she (and every stereotypical pig) is good at, and they join in. The cartoon digital illustrations are bright and colorful and reflect the TV show’s aesthetic, but they are not without their flaws. It’s a good thing that characters’ names include their species, since some are rather difficult to identify. Also, children may wonder why the larger and older Peppa is in the same class with her little brother, George, and what appear to be other younger siblings.
There is not much here to make it stand out from other school-themed titles. Only for Peppa Pig devotees. (Picture book. 2-5)