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You can do it!
Next in my ‘Naming and Shaming’ series I’ve found yet another problem with the world of Peppa Pig.
Luckily, again, I do not own this so was able to put it back on the pile of rubbish before walking away feeling mad.
This book is called ‘Peppa Pig, Fun At The Fair’. Admittedly it was a basic story about the Pig family at the fair. Daddy and George went on the helter skelter whilst Mummy and Peppa tried some of the stalls.
I felt bad for Mummy in this story because it was hinted very early on that she wouldn’t win anything but when she got to the archery is where the story took a complete nose dive.
For a book that’s supposed to help children learn I was horrified when Mummy and Peppa reached the archery. The archer simply said this:
‘Don’t worry you won’t win, women are useless at this’
I’m sorry. WHAT THE HELL?! you can’t go printing that into childrens books, what message does that send out to not only children but to their parents? I don’t care if she got a bullseye you shouldn’t be putting the stereotypical gender idea in stories for children.
Grr it really irked me and I hope the book is either discontinued or it received a lot of complaints. Leave sexism out of childrens book please Ladybird!!
I have read a lot of childrens books over the years and quite alarmingly I’ve discovered so many things wrong with them. Either story based, grammar or even spelling.
So I’ve decided to give some space on my blog to the books that have sparked a fireball of fury when read to my children. As I’m writing my own, with the aim of publishing I’m astounded at the sheer volume of so many getting published!
Today’s book choice is Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig’s Lost Keys.
This is the book that really got me irritated.
At the top of the mountain Peppa and her family are on some sort of day out. George, Peppa’s little brother, asks to play with Daddy’s car keys but gets told no.
Here’s where it got me:
The page where Daddy says no to George, Daddy has the sheer cheek to be tossing the keys around whilst clearly taunting his son. Tisk tisk.
But guess what happens next? He drops his keys down the drain!I guess he got his upcommance after all.
The story then goes on where a lot of familiar faces try and help get the keys out. But here’s what makes my blood boil. The solution to this is to dig a massive ugly hole in the very beautiful mountain. And that’s where it ended.
What’s that going to teach children? Forget nature, as long as you have your keys then that’s fine?!?! Why couldn’t the Pig family get a lift with one of their friends instead? It really sickened me to read this and luckily I do not own this book but I felt the wrong message was being sent out in this story.
A book I would definitely NOT recommend. I hate Peppa Pig anyway, I think it’s for babies and it does nothing to help children learn about the wider world.
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