Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Lisa Mullarkey
Illustrator: Paula Franco
Publisher: Magic Wagon
It’s Fall Cleanup Day at Storm Cliff Stables! Freckles the pig is determined to be a good friend and help with the cleanup. His first attempt just leaves a big, muddy mess. Luckily, Freckles has good friends who help him create colorful paintings to hang up in the barn. Aunt Jane and the other humans find themselves wondering who could have created such talented paintings, because everyone knows pigs can’t paint...right?
Freckles the Pig is a lighthearted story that explores the themes of friendship and trying again if at first you don’t succeed. For those unfamiliar with the Farmyard Friends series, the book may start out a bit confusing as it isn’t immediately obvious which names belong to which animals. Although Freckles the Pig is a chapter book, the text is large and the chapters are short, which makes it easy for young readers to tackle. The amusing storyline, human-like animals, and lively illustrations are sure to delight young readers.