Pig the Pug and Pig the Fibber by Aaron Blabey

It’s easy to see why the Pig the Pug books are household classics in their native Australia.

There’s the eponymous Pig, whose unapologetically incorrigible behaviour is reprehensible yet familiar — whether in the playground or workplace, selfish and dishonest people aren’t exactly rare breeds. 

Then there’s sweet, long-suffering Trevor, who is the perfect foil to Pig in this somewhat lopsided friendship.

The rhyming verses in both books are snappy and fun, and the illustrations of Pig’s outrageous antics and Trevor’s deadpan reactions are laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Behind all that silliness and humour, though, there’s a positive message embedded in each book, and I love that it all feels very natural and not at all didactic.

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