Moli det bigibigi (Molly the pig) is a colourful picture book by Karen Manbulloo of Binjari Community. It tells a true story of a wild pig who was adopted, reared on Weet-Bix and became part of the community. The story was published in 2017 by Indigenous Literacy Foundation as part of the Binjari Buk project and then later published commercially by Pan Macmillan and so now anyone can buy it.
After the book’s publication, Moli det bigibigi became a local favourite. In 2019, it was selected as one of the recommended books for Australian Reading Hour. It has become probably the best known Kriol book, even talked about by politicians like Tanya Plibersek
We’re not quite Play School presenters… but we gave it a go. pic.twitter.com/QqQyqhJOp5
— Tanya Plibersek (@tanya_plibersek) September 19, 2019
Karen Manbulloo has travelled interstate to share her story of Moli det Bigibigi, even being promoted by NSW Department of Education. On their Facebook page you can hear Karen reading her story with the English translation provided by Dwayne from La Perouse School:
Moli det bigibigi by Karen Manbulloo (Binjari Community). 24 pages, illustrated. Kriol with English subtitles on each page. Published by Pan MacMillan – see website.