A recent winner in the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Pigín of Howth is a charming picturebook containing three stand-alone stories about a delightful, fun-loving pig, and his adventures around Howth, a busy fishing village in North Dublin. The character of Pigín was created by 82-year-old Kathleen Watkins after she realised how popular the little pig was with her five grandchildren, all of whom make a guest appearance in the book.
A privileged little fellow, Pigín has a charmed life between having afternoon tea with the lovely Nanakit, evenings with the Howth fairies, swimming with the seals, sports outings with the Badger of Ballsbridge, and even a trip to the Dublin Horse Show.
The real beauty of this book are the illustrations by the talented Margaret Anne Suggs who brings to life this jovial little pig and his magical adventures around Howth and beyond. The combination of simple line drawings, and vibrant colour and large-scale images that fill the pages makes this a beautiful visual experience. The use of blue tones throughout give a real sense of the sea being the life-force in Howth.
Pigín’s charm lies in his upbeat personality, kindness, love of fun, and his impeccable manners. Pigín embraces contemporary culture with his attachment to his mobile phone, but he never forgets to send a hand-written thankyou note which Sally Seagull delivers.
Perfect read for 0-4, 5-7.