Pug and Pig: Trick or Treat
written by Sue Lowell Gallion; illustrated by Joyce Wan
2017 (Beach Lane Books)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
And this is Pug not in costume. Pug does not care about Halloween anymore.
Pig loves Halloween and loves her costume. She can't wait to partake of "tasty tidbits" at the party. She can't wait to trick or treat. She can't wait to answer the door. On the other paw, Pug can't stand it. His costume is all kinds of too tight and he doesn't like the idea of being disguised. As a dog is want to do, he disposes of his costume quite easily. (As one who has tried to outfit his dog with reindeer antlers, I totally get this.) Now Pug is comfortable and ready to settle in for a quiet evening. But his best friend is making perhaps the saddest face ever (Don't believe me? Get the book.) What to do? Pug problem solves and creates his own costume using a very simple earthy material. Now the two can go trick or treating and eat "tasty tidbits" at the Halloween party.
Adorable. Cute. Charming. Delightful. Precious. Awww-inducing. PreK-Grade 2 will LOOOOOVE this. Open book. Pour out words for instant read aloud hit. That easy. But wait, there's more! This opens up a discussion about how to compromise when friends have different viewpoints. Speaking of viewpoints, how about a mini-lesson on point of view? Or compare and contrast? You could use a graphic organizer with one pug shape and one pig shape to write about their feelings toward trick or treating. Google "pug template" and you'll find what you're looking for. If you're looking for a guaranteed winner of a Halloween read aloud, I nominate this one.