Are you familiar with Peppa Pig? If you have a toddler at home, you probably know Peppa Pig well. If you don’t have small children you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. And that’s probably for the best.

If I had to describe the Peppa Pig TV show in one sentence I would say this: It is a simply (poorly) drawn group of animals that interact and live like humans while speaking with a British accent. Generally speaking, I’d say the show is downright stupid. Yet, it can also be terribly amusing. Kids love it.

Unsurprisingly, the show focuses on Peppa Pig and her family. Peppa is a young girl pig. She has a younger brother named George and of course there is a Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. They also interact with Peppa’s grandparents and friends. There’s Danny Dog, Rebecca Rabbit, Zoe Zebra and several others. The episodes are only five minutes long, so I think that’s part of the reason why kids like it so much. The short duration makes it easy to hold a toddler’s attention.

Charlotte, who will turn two in May, absolutely loves the show. It’s definitely her favorite. It is something that will almost always succeed in calming her down. Noah likes it, too, but he likes to mix it up more. He’ll really like one show for a few days and then want to watch another one more. Not Charlotte. She could watch Peppa Pig for days on end.

The kids also have a few Peppa Pig toys. They have the house and schoolhouse, Grandpa’s train, and a lot of the characters. Charlotte plays with them quite often now. She also has a Peppa Pig dress, two pairs of pajamas, and probably more clothes that I can’t think of.

Now as calming as the show may be for Charlotte, it is apparently somewhat controversial. The show has won several awards in England, but some say the show (namely Peppa and George) are bad examples for kids. Critics often point out that George likes to refuse to eat vegetables and asks for chocolate cake. That doesn’t really concern me. I mean, really, what kid wouldn’t prefer cake to veggies. Most adults probably would, too. Peppa can also be a bit of a disrespectful snot at times. She bullies George and her dad sometimes, but I wouldn’t say it is malicious. I’d say it’s typically more humorous the way she does it. Oh, and Peppa’s favorite thing in the world is jumping in muddy puddles. Charlotte has done that and it probably is because of the show. But generally that’s just fun and playful. If she’s dressed nicely or has to go somewhere then it can be inconvenient, but it’s not that unusual for a toddler to get dirty. I’d say that’s normal behavior.

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So, Peppa Pig is one very strange British cartoon. While Peppa may not be the best role model on TV, I do think the show has helped Charlotte improve her vocabulary. I hope the kids continue to like the show at least until next Fall, because we already bought tickets for the Peppa Pig Live show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in October.

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