Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The pig in a wig

The pig in a wig

Alan McDonald
Illustrator:  Paul Hess 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Peachtree Publishers, 1999   ISBN: 1561452998

Peggoty is a pig who lives on a farm in a “humble, tumble-down barn.” She is a kind animal, but she is also rather vain. She thinks that she is “the prettiest, pinkest, most perfect pig in all the world,” and this makes her feel very good about herself. Then, one day, some lambs make rude remarks about Peggoty saying that she is “ugly” and “baaaald.” Poor Peggoty is horrified to realize that not everyone thinks that she is beautiful.

She asks the other animals on the farm what they think, and they all agree with the lambs that Pegotty’s baldness is a dreadful thing. What is Pegotty to do?

This delightful picture book explores the idea that we are all beautiful in our own way. Children will chuckle when they see what Pegotty does to try to beautify herself, and they will celebrate with her when she decides that pigs truly are beautiful, even if they are “bald.”