Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Feature Characters that are Pigs

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten is a bit special, as it is a collaboration between me and two fabulous guests – my kids, Jennifer (8) and Alexander (6). Jennifer and Alexander are daft about pigs; without doubt, pigs are their favourite animals. So when I asked them for suggestions for what type of character I should base this week’s top ten theme, I suppose I should have guessed what sort of characters would come top of the list!

Without further ado, our top ten books that feature pig characters:

Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear by Mike Inkpen (Alexander’s choice)


This is a regular feature at bedtime; in fact, I have read it so often that I know the words off by heart. Wibbly Pig has a bear so big, he can hardly fit on the page….

Piglet’s Big Movie Storybook (Jennifer’s choice)


This one stands out from Jennifer’s toddler years. I remember her crying at the idea of Piglet going missing, and then shrieking with delight when he and his friends were reunited.

The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig by Emer Stamp (Jennifer’s choice)


We bought Jennifer this book at a school book fayre a couple of years ago. I just remember the raucous laughter coming from her bedroom whilst reading it. It’s very funny, apparently.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (Alexander’s choice)


This book features a pig and a spider. And that makes it excellent. Enough said.

Animal Farm by George Orwell (my choice)


A less light-hearted addition to the list, and definitely a different take on pigs from the Piglet or Babe ilk. I elected not to explain much about this book to my kids. Perhaps when they’re a bit older.

The Sheep-pig by Dick King-Smith (my choice)


I was a Dick King-Smith fan as a child. I loved this book, and I still love the films inspired by it.

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (Jennifer’s choice)


Now admittedly, this one doesn’t have a pig as a central character. But Jennifer was very enthusiastic in declaring that it had pigs in it. My kids see pigs everywhere.

The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa (Alexander’s choice)


A group of animals, pigs included, make a monster out of a mouse in a tale of Chinese whispers. Another bedtime favourite.

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Christmas (Jennifer’s choice)


A seasonal favourite for all of us since I will admit that I love Peppa Pig as much as my children do. It’s just so funny…

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (my choice)


I read this book at school and remember feeling horrified by the boy’s primitive behaviour. “Kill the pig, kill the pig” – please don’t tell my kids…

So can you think of any other pig characters from the world of literature? Please feel free to share in the comments or via social media.

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