Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pig the Fibber, written by Aaron Blabey, reviewed by Klaudia Janek

Student Reviewer: Sidhra H.
Summary: Pig the Fibber is a picture book showing the readers how Pig fibs to get what he wants.
Pig is a pug “and I’m sorry to say, he would often tell lies just to get his own way.” Pig would always blame his friend, Trevor. Pig would make messes all over the house and lay the blame on Trevor. Poor Trevor doesn’t understand why Pig always blames him because it is not a very nice thing to do. One day, Pig discovers a giant bag of treats in the closet. He decides that it is his mission to acquire them. First, he needs an elaborate plan to make sure Trevor gets all the blame. In a grand twist, Pig’s plan backfires and he decides to stop lying.

Straight Talk for Librarians: This is a super fun picture book that will have readers howling with laughter. From stinky farts, to broken teeth and bruises, they will want to find out what makes Pig stop fibbing. The illustrations are just as hilarious as the text. Earth tones seem to dominate the pages, with the occasional splash of color. Young readers may be familiar with some vocabulary like “stinky” and “hip hip hooray” but it also involves some words that the kids may not be as familiar with things like “grim” and “confess”. Pig does get hurt because of his web of lies. It may seem a little extreme, but in the end, realizes that fibbing is not the right thing to do for a variety of reasons. This book can stimulate a classroom discussion on what Pig should have done. It can teach kids how to deal with their emotions and how good friends should be treated. This is a good pick for any school library.

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