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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Marcin Brykczynski
Age Range: 6-8
Pink Piglet decides one morning that he must do something about his boring pink colour. In his quest to do so he meets a big green frog who is definitely not impressed when Pink Piglet suggests he’d like to be green. Stork, with his red beak also tells Pink Piglet that red is not the best colour for him either. Black Raven gives him some wise advice suggesting that he go to the end of the field where he will encounter a strange creature that keeps changing colour – a Chameleon that can become Pink – suddenly, Pink Piglet isn’t so unhappy with his colour anymore.
This picture book from Poland follows a well-known theme covered by several European picture books, of learning to be happy with the way you are. However, what sets this book apart from the others is its completely innovative design and typographical layout. A large percentage of the text is in pink, with a series of different fonts and point sizes. There is also the use of bold text, text upside down or slanting as well as the use of other coloured text.
The almost sketch-like quality of Pink Piglet recalls the richness of E.H. Shepard’s illustrations of ‘Piglet’ from Winnie the Pooh. The illustrations are winsome and covey the character of Pink Piglet, endearing him to the reader. The drawings follow a simplistic line, many looking like drawings done by children or scribbles across a page but they bring out the true character of the animals especially the adorable Pink Piglet.