PUG & PIG AND FRIENDS
By: Sue Lowell Gallion
Illustrated by: Joyce Wan
Published: August 17, 2021
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
PUG & PIG AND FRIENDS is a new addition to the adorable series featuring the unlikely friendship between Pug and Pig. Now we get to meet their other friends Squirrel, Robin, and Cat. These five friends spend their days doing what they love, except not all of them love to do the same things. Four of them like to explore in the bushes. But not Cat. Four of them like to run around the yard. But not Cat. Cat’s favorite game is surprising Pug when he is napping.
When a thunderstorm catches the friends off guard and one of them gets into a bit of trouble, the others rally to rescue them in the most “surprising” way.
This sweet story of friendship celebrates that not everyone has to enjoy the same things to all get along. I also appreciated how the friends came up with an idea to help Cat get her back home safely.
This book and accompanying books in the series are great for early readers because of the full-page illustrations, limited words on the pages, and repetitive texts. The story moves fast and will hold the youngest reader’s attention. Pug and Pig and their friends can help remind kids that it is ok to like different things and still be friends with each other.
As the daughter of a printer, Sue Lowell Gallion has a life-long love of type, paper, and the aroma of ink. She is the author of the Pug & Pig series and the picture book All Except Axle as well as a nonfiction board book, Our World: A First Book of Geography, and three books in the Tip and Tucker early reader series. Sue lives in Leawood, Kansas, with a black lab mix who provides her with daily inspiration. To learn more and download free activities for all of her books, visit suegallion.com.
Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Pug Meets Pig, Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat, Sleepyheads, You Are My Cupcake, We Belong Together, and The Whale in My Swimming Pool. Joyce lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. Visit her at wanart.com.