It’s easy to see why the Pig the Pug books are household classics in their native Australia.
Bears and underwear are somewhat separate clichés in kidlit. But putting TWO awkward-looking bears in ONE supersized pair of tighty-whities on the book cover is so awesomely hilarious that it’s completely genius.
In Five Little Fiends, five creatures live in their own little statues on a faraway plain, but they would often come out to marvel at their beautiful surroundings.
The arrival of a new baby often heralds many changes in the household, and the impact is arguably the greatest on the newly promoted big sister/brother who has no choice but to adjust to these sudden and life-altering upheavals.
The simplest stories can be some of the hardest to get right — if it’s too straightforward, it becomes boring; if it’s saddled with unnecessary fluff, it becomes fussy and try-hard. Thus, Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake is a breath of fresh air. Not only is this charming book executed well — with a good story that is complemented with understated pencil illustrations that look as sweet as the giant cupcake on the cover — but it also has a nice, feel-good message about the perks of sharing.
Sidney and Stella are a pair of twins who do everything together except share, and one night, while fighting over a ball, they — gasp — accidentally break the moon into a million pieces. By working together, however, the twins eventually manage to put the (well, a) moon back into the sky (never mind that it now has a suspicious bite mark).
A Cat and a Dog is a very cute book about how the eponymous antagonistic pair living under the same roof eventually make peace with each other and learn to get along — kinda sounds like the relationship between siblings, doesn’t it?