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Jul 03 2018

Pig in a wig by Chrissie Krebs

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Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781742762654
(Age: 3-7) Pig in a wig by Chrissie Krebs is a story about a pig who happens upon a wig and gets chased by all the usual suspects you would find on a farm. It follows a pretty simple rhyming pattern, with a few fun words thrown in like gnarly, glorious and shrieking. In essence the story is funny and likeable - pig wears a wig, gets chased by shocked and scared barnyard friends, in the end a long procession is in chase, then just as they gain on him the wig falls off and they run straight past!
The issue that we had when we read it (miss 3 and master 7) was the illustrations. They are frankly a bit scary! The faces of all the animals are either angry or looking frightening with eyes looking in different directions and tongues hanging out flapping in the wind. My youngest said that this was the only part of the book she didn't really like (the farmer had 'crazy eyes') but that the pig was funny. Master 7 liked that he could read the text, and enjoyed learning the fun words that are thrown in.
Overall, I have to say that unfortunately I wouldn't choose this for my library or personal collection. The illustrations put me off and I feel that they are too over the top for the intended audience. 2 out of 5 stars.
Lauren Fountain

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