How do two tiny critters get to be friends? Sometimes it takes a bit of an effort.
At first glance, Pig and Pug seem perfectly matched potential pals—until they get to know each other. They have so much in common: they are teeny, with adorable wide-eyed faces, and travel in style, Pug in a purse and Pig in a pocket. Like many a blind date, things start off well. Their eyes meet, and the small talk begins. That’s when things get sticky. Confusion sets in: Pug insists that Pig is a pug and hollers, “Oh! Pig! Pig the Pudgy Pug!” Pig takes umbrage at the slight. Poking, pouncing, and further name-calling commence, and soon these two pocket-sized competitors are so exhausted that they have to call timeout. Frequently repeated simple words, many in speech bubbles, make this an excellent choice for new readers, especially kids who love readers’ theater and partner reading. Cartoon-style illustrations feature especially expressive eye and ear movement to telegraph the animals’ emotions. The teal and off-red background color scheme matches the characters’ clothing and gives everything a warm retro feel. Especially effective are two double-page spreads in which Pug finds himself rolling in the mud (like a pig?), setting up rapprochement.
New readers will find two new frenemies to love here. Bravo, Pig and Pug! (Picture book. 3-8)