Project Description


Pig and Small

by Alex Latimer

Two friends learn that size doesn’t matter in this hilarious story about finding common ground.

Pig and Bug just want to be friends. But their size difference is proving to be a BIG problem. Pig wants to play games – but Bug is too small. Bug wants to make things for his friend – but Pig is too big! Just as they’ve given up all hope for their friendship, Pig has an idea… But will it work?

Pig and Small is another hilariously quirky tale from Alex Latimer, filled with visual puns and wordplay. Latimer combines his bold visual style with an entertaining and unique message to teach readers about making friends and finding common ground.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-797-7
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/2″ x 9-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-036-5
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/2″ x 9-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.8
GRL: K, Gr 2
Lexile: AD690L
Themes: Friendship, Overcoming Differences
BISAC 1: JUV002200 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pigs
BISAC 2: JUV002140 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship


“A clever but silly story of friendship despite differences…. Readers will chuckle as these two opposites negotiate their unusual friendship. The illustrations add lots of humor; the colors are bright, and the pictures are big, which makes the book a good storytime choice.” ―School Library Journal

“Latimer…whose deadpan visual comedy is always a treat, once again proves he’s adept at conveying life lessons with the lightest of touches. Addressing the vicissitudes of friendship in a conversational and slyly funny voice, he reassures readers that liking someone needn’t be a matter of all or nothing: a little imagination and understanding can go a long way.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Precise digitized pencil drawings with quirky knitted-fabric details humorously express the story’s message of overcoming difference to make a friendship work.” ―Horn Book Guide


Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2015

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2015

Read Aloud Book Award (Winner) ―Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction, 2015

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2015-2016

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Alex Latimer lives in South Africa near the border of a national park. So when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. He has written several picture books for children. You can visit his website here.