Pig and Small

illus. by Alex Latimer. 32p. Peachtree. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781561457977.
PreS-Gr 2—A clever but silly story of friendship despite differences. Pig is big, at least in relation to Bug, who is so small he's nearly invisible. At first Pig thinks he hears his nose squeaking, but it turns out to be Bug, who just happens to be sitting on Pig's snout waving hello. However, the friendship is rocky right from the start because their respective sizes get in the way. Pig resents doing all the pedaling on the tandem bicycle, and when Bug knits a sweater for his friend, it doesn't come close to fitting. When it seems that all is lost, Pig notices an ad for a movie, and it occurs to him that watching a movie with Bug is an ideal way for the two of them to do something together. And their sizes just don't matter! Readers will chuckle as these two opposites negotiate their unusual friendship. The illustrations add lots of humor; the colors are bright, and the pictures are big, which makes the book a good storytime choice.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Pig and Bug want to be friends, though riding a tandem bike and playing chess prove awkward and tricky for two different-size creatures. They persevere in friendship, discovering some activities--seeing movies, visiting art museums and aquariums--they can enjoy together. Precise digitized pencil drawings with quirky, knitted fabric details humorously express the story's message of overcoming differences to make a friendship work.

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