The Children’s Book Review | March 30, 2017
Written by Sue Lowell Gallion
Illustrated by Joyce Wan
Age Range: 3 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (Simon and Schuster)
What to expect: Friendship, animals, dogs (Pugs) and pigs
Pug is happy in his home, but when a strange new friend comes to live with him, can he still find happiness?
Pug is busy. He has to bury his bones, bark at the neighbors and dig holes in the yard. He eats his yummy dinner and sleeps in his perfect dog house. Then, one fateful day, a new animal strolls out of the human’s house.
A teeny, tiny pig! And Pig thinks he and Pug should be friends. Pig follows him around while Pug is trying to work, and even plays with the cat instead of chasing it, much to Pug’s chagrin. Pug is exhausted and wants to take a nap, and, lo and behold, Pig has found Pug’s snuggly bed in his adorable dog house.
Well, Pug simply cannot stay. He packs his things (his bone, dog bowl and tennis ball) and gets ready to leave. Then a surprise new doggie door changes his mind. With the freedom of the dog door, he can come and go as he pleases. Hurray! But when Pig can’t fit the door, and he looks so sad, Pug decides to help make that doggy door into a piggy door. In the end, Pug and Pig are the best of friends and both very happy together at home.
PUT MEETS PIG is absolutely enchanting. The two would-be friends are more alike than Pug wants to admit. Both are roly-poly and curly-tailed, and both love to do the same things, much to Pug’s chagrin. But Pug learns a valuable lesson about friendship and sharing, which young readers will relate to and enjoy. The prose is perfectly simple and a bit lyrical for a picture book. It blends nicely with the colorful and sweet illustrations of the two animals. Children will enjoy Pug’s wiggly tail and Pig’s smiling face. An uplifting and lighthearted story about friendship and realizing that maybe a new friend is not so different after all.
About Sue Lowell Gallion
Sue Lowell Gallion is a printer’s daughter, so she has a life-long love of type, paper, and the aroma of ink. Her work has been published in magazines including Highlights and High Five, and she loves sharing books with kids as a volunteer tutor. Pug Meets Pig is her debut picture book. A second Pug and Pig adventure, Pug & Pig Trick or Treat, is coming in fall 2017. Sue lives with her family in Leawood, Kansas.
Read Sue Lowell Gallion’s article: Picture Books That Take On The Challenge Of Change
About Joyce Wan
Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including Pug Meets Pig, Sleepyheads, Greetings from Kiwi and Pear, You Are My Cupcake, and We Belong Together. She also runs a design studio whose stationery and gift products are sold worldwide. Joyce lives with her husband in New York City. Visit her at WanArt.com.
Pug Meets Pig, by Sue Lowell Gallion and Joyce Wan, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Pug Meets Pig by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Books About Change, Dogs, Friendship, Picture Book, Pigs, and Sharing.