Thursday, December 29, 2022

Review: The Pig Who Loved Gluffles by Tony Philips


Genre: Children's 4-8
Published: November 14, 2022
Pages: 42

For fans of Dr. Seuss and The Lorax, two brilliantly illustrated, environmentally-conscious stories for young children from an award-winning, master storyteller.

Pigs's favorite food is gluffles. He adores gluffle toast, gluffle stew, gluffle bread and gluffle treats. But the gluffles have lately become harder and harder to find. When pig stumbles across the very last one, he has to decide whether to eat it or protect it, so there can be gluffles for another day.

When the birds discover something is eating their eggs, they have to figure out what is it and how to stop it. A busybody rabbit offers to help them, but is he really helping? Find out how the birds solve their egg-eating problem.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This book was a double feature, so I got two stories for the price of one (although in my case that was free as it was an advanced review copy). The first story was about a pig who loves gluffles, which based on the illustrations are essentially mushrooms it looks like. This story had some strong Lorax vibes in that the pig was eating the gluffles to extinction, like the truffala trees. He needed to change his ways to prevent that from happening. 

The second story was about birds trying to keep a pig from eating all their eggs. The birds were super incompetent, even with a bunny trying to help them by giving them tips, they just couldn't figure out how to do it until one of their young ones comes along. 

The illustrations in these two stories were awkward. I had a hard time telling the difference between the pig and the bunny in the first story (and didn't actually realize it was a bunny until the second story where the difference between bunny and bird was a bit more pronounced). I wasn't really a fan of the drawings. 

I also don't think I'd really want to read this book to my children more than once if they were still at that age. Overall I give this book 2.7 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

When he is not doodling on donkeys or writing silly poems on bathroom walls, Tony Philips is trying to answer the pressing questions that confound experts the world over, like who left the toilet seat up? He grew up in a suburb in Pennsylvania near a turkey farm. Every so often, frantic turkeys, escaped from the farm, would show up in his back yard, and he and his siblings would try to hide them. Have you ever tried to usher a crazed turkey behind a bush? It’s not easy. He attended art classes at the Baum School of Art and got a degree in Creative Writing from Haverford College. He tried writing for television, but found nobody wanted to hear his stories about freaked out turkeys. Or about how an unhinged turkey once bit his younger brother on the toe. It’s true, really. Tony lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. He can be found online at

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