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by Suze C (subscribe)
"I'm a writer living in the Perth Hills with my relentlessly fun seeking children.
Published February 25th 2017
Being Good is Overrated
Is there a person on the planet who has not heard of Pig the Pug? The endearing, mischievous and rather self-absorbed little dog who pushes his way forward into every promotional shelf in bookstores throughout the land. Aaron Blabey's creation is adored by children across the world. I can see the appeal, after dog-sitting a pair of pugs, I can tell you these little dogs should be immortalised for their clown-like qualities, but if you think Aaron Blabey is a one trick pony, or you're just all pugged out, let me direct you to what I consider is the author's best kept secret.

Pig the Pug (pic Scholastic)
Pig the Pug (pic Scholastic)

Bring in The Bad Guys
The Bad Guys box set is a series of books about the adventures of four miscreants. A wolf, a shark, a piranha and a snake, unlikely comrades who have the most hilarious escapades in their efforts to be good. The Bad Guys is a junior, short chapter book with a graphic novel feel. This series is gut-achingly funny in a way that will make you snort out loud. The characters are wonderful. Mr Wolf's efforts to rebel against his bad guy persona and rehabilitate his very bad friends in the process, inevitably causes him some problems. His personal crusade to do good deeds has some hilarious consequences across the five books, from the group attempting to rescue kittens, to wait for it, rescuing Zittens (zombie Kittens), with a few battery chickens and evil guinea pigs thrown in along the way for good measure.

Big Bad Box (pic Scholastic)
Big Bad Box (pic Scholastic)

Funny Stories
The stories are very funny and probably aimed more at younger boys in the 6-9 category. There are enough fart jokes to keep every toilet humour aficionado happy and the illustrations are just as funny as the story. Aaron Blabey is practically an Australian institution and for good reason. It's witty and smart, so adults will enjoy it too, which is a good thing because you might be reading it aloud, a lot. My advice here is to invest in the box set of five, because once your kids have got their hands on episode one, it's not going to end there. It was an agonising wait from "to be continued" at the end of the first book, until episode two showed up at the publishers. At least this way, you will save yourself both time and money buying the whole set. These books get read and reread over and over, so they are a great little investment. I don't really have a bad word to say about these little gems other than once you have finished them, you might prefer them over Pig the Pug and as you know, he hates having his nose put out of joint.
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