________________ CM . . . . Volume XXII Number 10. . . .November 6, 2015


Pig the Fibber.

Aaron Blabey.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2015.
24 pp., hardcover, $14.99.
ISBN 978-1-4431-4807-8.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 4-6.

Review by Nikita Griffioen.

**** /4



Pig was a Pug,
and I'm sorry to say,
he would often tell lies
just to get his own way.


Pig the Fibber is the newest work from author-illustrator Aaron Blabey. This book is a successful addition to his first “Pig” book, Pig the Pug. Whereas Blabey's first book dealt with the importance of sharing, this new one, however, deals with the consequences of lying.

internal art     Pig the Fibber tells the story of Pig, a pug who lives alongside a wiener dog named Trevor. Pig gets himself into all sorts of trouble, such as ruining the entire living room. When confronted, however, Pig always says, “Trevor did that”, placing all of the blame on his poor friend. Pig creates havoc again and again, such as “[shattering] a beautiful vase full of flowers”, each time blaming Trevor. Pig's terrible behaviour can't last for forever, though! Blabey's prose is engaging and utilizes rhyme to create a story that flows extremely well.

     Blabey's illustrations are the perfect addition to his funny—yet moralistic—story. Both Pig and Trevor are expressive in their eyes and body language throughout the pictures, thereby adding depth to the humour throughout the tale. The colours are bright but used cohesively so that each page accents the one before and after it. The illustrations are brilliant and a source of genuine laughter.

     Thanks to the genius of the illustrations and the humour of the prose, Aaron Blabey's Pig the Fibber is a joy for all ages. The creative touches of Pig “scribbling” out the cover and first page to make it seem as though he's rewritten on it will please fans of Melanie Watt's “Chester” series. Pig the Fibber is a must-read for dog lovers, or anyone who has ever owned an unruly dog.

Highly Recommended.

Nikita Griffioen is currently finishing up her degree at British Columbia’s University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC, will go on to teach high school, and hopes to write and illustrate books of her own.

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