Wednesday, 11 December 2013

King Pig

King Pig by Nick Bland (Scholastic Press)
HB RRP $24.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-495-5
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

King Pig can make his subjects, the flock of sheep, do anything he wants them to do. Except for one thing. He can’t make them like him. He has tried everything he can think of but: ‘They never listened properly, no matter how loudly he shouted.’

Then finally, one little sheep speaks up and suggests King Pig could try being nice. And after sulking for a little while, King Pig does feel a little sorry for his actions and begins to try to make amends.

King Pig behaves like a child might when trying to make friends or impress others; from showing off his fancy clothes to the annoying way he tries to attract the sheep’s attention. He has a lot to learn.

King Pig is a clever story with a simple message children will recognise. It is fun to read and Bland’s illustrations are beautiful, humorous and imaginative, making this a picture book well worth sharing with kinder aged children.

Nick Bland is the author/illustration of the popular The Very Cranky Bear and The Very Hungry Bear and many others.

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