Pigsty – Mark Teague

Christopher’s Choice: Each week, C gets four or five books out of the library, and picks one as his favourite, and I review it. This is this week’s choice.

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story:  2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 1 point

Honestly, I was a bit surprised he picked this one. When I asked him why he liked it, his reply was simply, “Pigs are funny”. So there you go. Five year old criteria. 😉

This is a simple tale of why you should tidy your room, basically. Wendell doesn’t want to tidy his room, and his mother’s response is basically that if he wants to live in a pigsty that’s his business. This takes a literal turn when two pigs move in. Over time as the room gets grosser and more dirty, more pigs arrive until eventually Wendell can’t stand it any more, and goes to his mother for help. To her credit, she just says that his room is his responsibility. So he enlists the pigs, and they clean it up and the pigs move out.

Yay, kid morality tale. No Bechdel pass – the only woman is his mother. No diversity. And one very obvious “message”. I mean, you know, I’m not averse to my kid digging a story about why you should tidy your room, though it doesn’t seem to have made him more inclined to do so. It is, I guess, a nice relateable dilemma – wanting to live in a clean space but not wanting to make it be that way.

I did like the responsibility thing. We have a lot of that in our household – things he is responsible for. I like that the Mom stood her ground on that. Teaching kids responsibility for themselves is always awesome. So I did give it a point for that.

It was cute. It wasn’t my favourite of the week, but it was okay. And apparently pigs are funny. So there’s that. 😉

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