The True Adventures Of Esther The Wonder Pig (Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter & Caprice Crane)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The True Adventures Of Esther The Wonder Pig, written by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter and Caprice Crane, and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, the delightful true story of the porcine social media star.

Esther was rescued by her two dads when she was just a baby, and from the moment she looked at them with THOSE eyes and THAT smile, they knew it was love. Esther’s dads brought her into their small home, already filled with two dogs and two cats but just big enough for the supposed miniature pig as well. But as Esther began to grow, and GROW, her daddies began to wonder if she was really a miniature pig at all! In the meantime, clever and affectionate Esther was spent her time learning, playing, and getting into mischief. Finally, when she reached over 600lbs(!), her dads decided to move the family to the country, where Esther’s family could help even more animals, and Esther would have plenty of room. And while she still got into mischief, her family was happy – because no matter the size or shape, all that you need to make a family is love.

So adorable. Esther is a well-known social media star, and her story translates well to picture book format, making for a fun real-life entry to the “unusual pet” genre. The typical story beats are here – silly, sometimes destructive antics, finding ways to deal with unusual problems, etc – made all the more enjoyable by knowing that the events really occurred. There’s also a nice nod to non-traditional families, wisely kept subtle (as the family in question is largely pets) but still present. Even the fact that Esther has two dads is treated with refreshing normalcy. The illustrations are fantastic, and readers of all ages will fall in love with the bright-eyed characters. The length was great, and JJ adored it, so this one is definitely Baby Bookworm approved!

Pug Meets Pig (Sue Lowell Gallion & Joyce Wan)

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.) 

Hello, everyone! Today’s book is the unbelievably darling Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion and Joyce Wan, an adorable take on a classic story about friendship.

Pug is rather pleased with his life. He has his house, his bowl, his yard and his doghouse, and everything is just the way he likes it. That is, until the day a new pet arrives: a pig! Pig hogs all of Pug’s favorite things, and poor Pug is positively irked. Can these two get past their problems to become pals?

This book is so CUTE. As stories go, it’s pretty familiar (but still timeless): conflicting personalities who learn how to sympathize and become friends. What sets this book apart, however, is the delightful text that is expressive, well-paced, and a joy to read aloud, and the heart-burstingly cute kawaii-style illustrations. Bright colors and bold lines make for a lot of visual interest for baby bookworms, and the length is great. To be honest, we’re stoked we get to keep this one because JJ loved it so much, as did I, and your little reader will too. Baby Bookworm approved!