Saturday, May 25, 2019

Review - The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig
by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter & Caprice Crane
illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
Date: 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book biography
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

The true story of social media sensation Esther the Wonder Pig and her two dads that inspired the New York Times bestselling memoir for adults is now available in a picture book with adorable illustrations and a message of love.

When Steve and Derek adopted a mini pig named Esther, they had no idea that she would turn out to be not-so-mini after all. When her new family saw just how big and wonderful Esther really was, they fell in love--and their lives changed forever. Esther would soon grow too large for her bed, and their small apartment. She got into everything, including her neighbor's tasty garden. So the whole family moved from a small apartment to a big farm, where Esther and her animal friends could fit happily (and get into a little less mischief). Eventually, that farm would become the Happily Esther After animal sanctuary, home to rescued animals of all kinds.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a cute little... well, biography, I guess. It's about Esther the Wonder Pig. It tells the story of her piglethood and growing up with her two dads. She's a beloved member of the family, even though she won't stop growing! Soon, Steve and Derek are forced to relocate to accommodate their rather large "daughter", and in so doing, they open a farm sanctuary so they can help more animals.

It's a cute story, highlighted by Cori Doerrfeld's adorable illustrations. There's even a little blurb at the back about Steve, Derek, and Esther, and a few photos of the pig herself.

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig would be a great book for animal lovers, or for anyone who enjoys real-life stories about humans trying to make a difference for the animals they love.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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