‘Piggity –Wiggity Jiggity Jig was a long sort of name for a short sort of pig.’ This little pig lives in a big family where his dad works as a chef and mum looks after all nine of the pig children. They all live in a ‘muddlesome, cuddlesome, comfortable’ suburban house with plenty of fun to be had. Piggity-Wiggity has bedtimes stories with Dad and is bothered by his long name; everyone else has shorter names like Kim or Toby which they can fit neatly onto paintings they do at playschool. Even the locker is not big enough for Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig to fit onto. This makes Piggity- Wiggity cross and he blames mum and dad for giving him such a long name that is too ‘biggity’. Dad responds to his cross little son and tells him a story about how they named him, so that he didn’t have a ‘second-hand name’, because they loved him so much. They chose a name that had poetry and rhythm and his dad shows the excitement his son’s name generates in telling him so before he lovingly puts his son to bed leaving his son to ponder at his special name. Piggity Wiggity Jiggity Jig, he realises, is a name that he can be proud of and confident of. Indeed, it is ‘a smart sort of name for a cool kind of pig’.
Categories: Acceptance & Inclusion, Being Different & Being Yourself, Gratitude
Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig
This book can help a child be confident with who they are and that having something about you that is different to others, in this case your name, is to be celebrated and be proud of.
Author: Diana Neild Illustrator: Philip Webb Publisher: Scholastic
Things we liked:
The book is written with an energetic rhyme scheme and good words in context for young readers to pick up like 'mutinous' and 'countenance'. Illustrations and text work well together to create a lively read.
Review by: Kate Proops