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Big Pig by Malachy Doyle





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Big Pig by Malachy Doyle
Published by Simon and Schuster, 2005

When little pigs get big, they must learn how to do things on their own… but believe it or not, the same is true for adults. The thing is, both need help in doing so.

Big Pig has reached the stage when he has to move from the comfort and safety of John Henry’s cosy home into the little pighouse outside. “For that’s what big big pigs do.” With the move, comes the cold and lonliness that drive him to waddle back to John Henry’s living room.

John Henry does his best to make the move easy for his beloved piglet, even trying out better accommodation but still Big Pig comes home.

In fact John Henry is lucky he did.

This warm, reassuring tale, which is ideal for sharing with your pre-schooler or introducing to older children will provide a great opportunity for discussing the advantages and disadvantages of growing up.

The language has a homely feel and a rise and fall cadence not unlike music. The watercolour illustrations are sympathetic and playful, but it's Doyle's lyrical voice that sings.’ Niamh Sharkey, Irish Times

Malachy Doyle and Niamh Sharkey are two of the authors touring Clare libraries during Children’s Book Festival 2007.

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