When Pig wakes up with a squeaking snout, the last thing he expects to find is a new friend. Bug is tiny compared to Pig but they are determined to be friends. Bug bakes a cake but Pig eats it in one bite, they ride a tandem but Pig has to do all the peddling. It seems their friendship is doomed. But a ninja-pirate film at the cinema gives them lots to talk about and soon they find all sorts of things they can enjoy together. Being different doesn’t get in the way of being a good friend.
Alex Latimer’s fourth picture book is another modern delight. His illustrations are fresh and funny and it’s nice to the ninja of his first book popping up briefly here. The tale of an unlikely friendship is nothing new but Pig and Small’s story is endearing and amusing. Latimer is a picture book talent to keep an eye on, breathing new life into timeless territory.