Saturday, 20 July 2013

Review: Twinkle, Twinkle, Squiglet Pig by Joyce Dunbar and Tim Hopgood


Publisher: Egmont
Format: Paperback
Released: July 1st, 2013
Rating: 8/10


Amazon summary:

Once, in a place at the bottom of the ocean that is deeper, darker, further, wetter, colder, lonelier ...than anything you can imagine, lived a piglet squid ...Piglet Squid spends all day smiling his big, dreamy, happy smile ...but his friends in the deep are always so woebegone. One day, Piglet Squid embarks on a quest to find something magical to show them all ...A quirky deep-sea adventure about a plucky little creature, determined to show his friends that there are wondrous things to smile about ...if you look hard enough. Twinkle, Twinkle, Squiglet Pig is inspired by a real animal, normally found more than 320 feet below the surface of the ocean. The unusual pattern of skin pigmentation in the specimen below means that he is always smiling.

Review:

Twinkle, Twinkle Squiglet Pig is yet another enchanting picture book read from Egmont. Beautifully illustrated in dark blues to mirror the bottom of the sea, Twinkle, Twinkle Squiglet Pig is the story of a little fish called Piglet Squid.

Piglet Squid lives right at the bottom of the ocean, far away from anything else. He has eight arms and two tentacles, and is always smiling. None of his fishy friends are the smiley happy type, so he sets out on an adventure determined to prove to them that there are amazing things out there in the big wide world!

Piglet Squid soon finds himself in the company of larger fish, including a swallower fish that swallows him. Thus begins a chain of fish swallowing each other, much like the old lady who swallowed a fly, culminating in Piglet Squid seeing something brighter than be ever thought possible.

This is a lovely picture book, perfect for children learning to read and those curious about what our vast oceans have to offer. It includes words of a more difficult level, like 'lugubrious', which even I have never heard before and swiftly looked up. It means 'looking or sounding sad and dismal', and I'm sure it'll be a good one for children to learn as they read along.

As always, Twinkle, Twinkle Squiglet Pig is fully illustrated (by Tim Hopgood) and features colourful fish of all shapes and sizes. Piglet Squid is particularly cute, with his permanent smile and happy attitude. I believe he's inspired by a real animal, too, one found at the bottom of the sea and who appears to always be smiling thanks to a skin pigmentation. Fascinating!

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