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Pig the Pug is a series of children’s picture books by Australian author Aaron Blabey, author of The Bad Guys. This was his first book series, as the others were one-offs before this one.

The series focuses on two dogs that live together. Trevor is a sweet and kind dachshund who always does the right thing, while Pig is a fat, mean and greedy pug. Each book involves Pig doing something bad, against the advice of Trevor, and suffering the consequences of them.

The books currently released include:

  1. Pig the Pug (2014)
  2. Pig the Fibber (2015)
  3. Pig the Winner (2016)
  4. Pig the Elf (2016)
  5. Pig the Star (2017)
  6. Pig the Grubnote  (2018)
  7. Pig the Tourist (2019)
  8. Pig the Blobnote  (2020)
  9. Pig the Monster (2021)
  10. Pig the Rebel (2022)


The Pig the Pug series provides examples of:

  • Amusing Injuries: Pig's comeuppance in each book tends to involve him being on the receiving end of some Slapstick-style physical misfortune as a result of his own actions or tantrums, with the final page often revealing him to be forced to be some sort of Bandage Mummy as a result.
  • Attention Whore: Pig is desperate to be in the spotlight, shoving Trevor away to get the focus. Pig the Star in particular is all about him doing this.
  • Christmas Episode: Pig the Elf takes place during Christmas, and focuses on Pig’s greed.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: Everything Pig does is the wrong way to act, contrasting Trevor, who the audience is meant to be more like.
  • Dog Stereotype: Zigzagged. Pig’s bad behavior is certainly played for jokes, but Trevor is kind and sweet, unlike the stereotype of dachshunds.
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  • Fat Bastard: Pig is a rude, lazy, and gross overweight pug, and never seems to want to learn from his issues. In contrast, Trevor is a slender dachshund that is very sweet and kind.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each book is named in a Pig the X fashion, with X being replaced with a certain word that describes Pig’s behavior in the book.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Everything bad that Pig does in every book will end up going back to bite him by the end of the story.
  • Lazy Bum: Pig the Blob is about Pig’s laziness getting to ridiculous levels.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • Pig the Grub was released as Pig the Stinker in some locations.
    • Pig the Blob was released as Pig the Slob in some locations.
  • Never My Fault: As seen in Pig the Fibber, Pig is willing to never own up to his mistakes and get Trevor in trouble for them instead.
  • The Pig-Pen: Pig the Grub is about Pig’s disgusting habits and the ways he avoids to get clean.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Pig is bad and a troublemaker, while Trevor is sweet and kind. Things always end up going Trevor’s way in the end, while Pig ends up in trouble thanks to his own actions.
  • Sore Loser: As seen in Pig the Winner, Pig absolutely loathes losing, and will throw enough of a major temper tantrum that his opponent will concede defeat just to make him stop.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: In Pig the Winner, as soon as Pug wins (even if it was via his opponent conceding defeat because they were tired of him being a Sore Loser), he will brag and taunt his opponent mercilessly.