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Piggy Bunny Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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Liam is a piglet with “the kind of problem that is called heartbreaking”: he wants to be the Easter Bunny, but instead of floppy ears and a spring in his step, he has triangular lobes and trotters. His family is generally unsympathetic to the cause; his big sister tells him to “deal with it.” Luckily, Grandma knows that with just the right costume, ordered online, a heartbreaking problem can become a fixable one. Some of the humor in the text may tickle adults more than kids (e.g.,“Hello, my name is Liam, and I’ll be your Easter Bunny”), but Tankard (Grumpy Bird, 2007) extends the laughs with his broad-brushstroke digital illustrations. A piglet with a belly button is funny enough, but Dad’s mustache and Grandma’s oversize glasses are the real snort inducers. Picture books about pigs and bunnies are perennial kid favorites, and this one, which contains nice sentiments about believing in yourself, is likely to be enjoyed long after the Easter Bunny’s departure. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann Kelley
“This will be an enjoyably loopy and stealthily reassuring readaloud any time of the year, and it would make a terrifically offbeat Easter entry.” ―BCCB, starred review
“Picture books about pigs and bunnies are perennial kid favorites, and this one, which contains nice sentiments about believing in yourself, is likely to be enjoyed long after the Easter Bunny's departure.” ―Booklist
“A small piglet with a big dream--to be the Easter Bunny--will have readers laughing out loud in this spunky outing about self-esteem.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Liam was born a piglet, but he knew in his heart that he was meant to be the Easter Bunny. …The pigs are drawn in heavy black lines but the body position and other touches like the way arms are held convey the emotions of Liam, family and friends. The colors that make up backgrounds on the pages and varying shades of pink among the pigs add interest.” ―Children's Literature
“Tankard's characteristic bold black lines outline his anthropomorphic pigs, and pastel-colored backgrounds reflect Liam's mood.” ―School Library Journal
“Though the believe-in-yourself theme has been told in many ways, Liam holds his own with his quiet determination. Who can resist a piglet who introduces himself with 'Hello, my name is Liam and I'll be your Easter Bunny'?” ―Kirkus Reviews
Top customer reviews
Liam wants to be the Easter Bunny. He practices being the Easter Bunny. Some people think he has no hope of realizing his dreams. Thankfully his grandparents are a bit more supportive. Using imagination and determination, Liam realizes his goals, if only in his mind.
I enjoyed reading this book. It made me literally laugh out loud and show it to everyone at work. One of my favorite quotes from the book is ""This is the kind of problem" he said "that is called heartbreaking."" Another extra-funny part is when Liam's grandparents say he needs an Easter Bunny suit. He asks his grandma if she can make it. Of course not; they can get one on the Internet!
I am excited to read this aloud to 3-5 year-olds. The illustrations are bright and big, perfect for story time. The theme is sweet: if you dream it, you can do it. Also, you don't notice the bad parts when you believe in yourself. I think the theme is perfect for small children who still have vivid imaginations. There is one part where someone asks "Do we believe in the Easter Bunny?" that could open up questions, but I would be prepared to say they are pigs, so they might not have the Easter Bunny. Also, the author often throws the "he said" or "said grandpa" into the middle of the sentence. This throws off the flow. Thankfully it is very easy to change this while reading it out loud.
Cute, funny story that helps feed the imagination of small children = win!
And for the record, I posted a review of this book when it first came out, but the author's family and/or friends flagged my review for removal.
Not everyone likes everything and a bad review is occasionally going to happen.