Pig the Elf (Pig the Pug #3)

by Aaron Blabey (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Pig the Pug
No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the world's greediest pug will stay up all night to get his presents! When Pig yips at Santa and finds himself joining in on the flying sleigh ride, things quickly get out of hand in a way that is pure Pig pandemonium. Full color.
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Publishers Weekly

Pig the pug's selfishness and greed remain unchecked in his third book, in which he's anticipating Christmas with an almost maniacal fervor: "He'd written a list,/ and he'd asked for a lot./ But Santa takes orders,/ so why the heck not?" After staying up late on Christmas Eve, Pig is disappointed by the small stack of presents left for him, so he chases Santa up the chimney, chomping down on the elf's rear end before the reindeer help him make a speedy getaway. As in Pig's previous books, there's little comeuppance or attitude reform--it's essentially a book about a fairly bad dog indulging his id. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3--Pig, introduced in Pig the Pug, is back again in all his selfish splendor. Christmas is coming, and the greedy little pug expects Santa to deliver each item on his lengthy list. Unlike Trevor, a well-behaved dachshund, he refuses to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. He's wide awake when the "portly old gent" pays his visit and makes no bones about calling him out for the scanty pile of presents. "'Hey!' shouted Pig, sounding very unkind. Then he nipped poor old Santa's big, rosy behind!" Santa flees to his sleigh with Pig clamped on tight, and as the reindeer team speeds off, he falls away through the sky. He is saved from utter destruction, miraculously, as the text points out, by landing atop a Christmas tree topped by an angel. Though the ending is rather abrupt, the final glimpse of Pig with wings and a halo is hilariously ironic, since readers can be pretty sure he is unrepentant. VERDICT Clever rhymes and engaging illustrations combine to make this a fun way to convey the message that greed is bad. Highly recommended.--Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey has written many well-loved, bestselling books for children. He is the creator of three hugely successful series for children -- the New York Times bestselling The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug, and Thelma the Unicorn. The Bad Guys movie released in 2022. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation with Aaron serving as an executive producer on the project.

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Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
September 26, 2017
Pig the Pug
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV017010 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
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