Styled in the fashion of an actual eighteenth-century memoir, Pyg: The Memoir of Toby the Learned Pig is an amusing little book. Toby's life goes through all sorts of exciting little adventures, from barely avoiding the slaughterhouse after winning the grand prize at a fair, to becoming part of an all-animal circus and beyond. The tale is quite grounded for a concept that could have easily been taken away with whimsy or sentimentality, though sometimes this leads to the story feeling almost a little too dry and serious for the story of an intelligent pig.
For those who love the stories of Babe and Wilbur or any of the other yarns about smart swine, Pyg is definitely worth a read. The pace is steady enough so that the concept never outstays its welcome, and there are a few nice moments where the author (Russell Potter disguises himself as the 'editor' to increase the illusion that the book is indeed the memoir of the porcine protagonist) manages to touch upon deeper themes without getting preachy. Check it out from your local library today!
Tim @ Central