The friendship that bloomed in Puddle Pug (2014) between a pug and his porcine pal is now being tested.
Percy the pug and Petunia the pig still love puddles. They also love playing hide-and-seek at night and giving great big puffs to dandelion seeds. But sometimes they do things separately, too. When Petunia goes to the Arlington County Fair and returns with a shiny blue ribbon, Percy is proud of his friend. But suddenly Petunia is very popular around the farm. Percy can’t spend any time with her anymore because she is always surrounded by admirers. Dejected, Percy sits in a puddle, alone. But a Thunder Man comic book changes his mind. Thunder Man has something cooler than a blue ribbon—a cape! Tying a towel around his neck and taking a bold leap off packages of pig chow, Percy becomes…Thunder Pug! But even heroic deeds seem lonely without someone to share them with. Perhaps a special swine sidekick will help save the day. Navigating friendships and popularity can be difficult for youngsters; Percy is a shining example of empowerment. He climbs out of that murky puddle and decides to help others. Yamaguchi’s pencil and digital illustrations leave plenty of room for expressive glee; her anthropomorphic animals are darling.
Sometimes feeling overshadowed awakens superhero strengths—Thunder Pug shows the way. (Picture book. 3-6)