The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig

with Derek Walter, & Caprice Crane. illus. by Cori Doerrfeld. 40p. Little, Brown. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316554763.
PreS-Gr 1—A human couple gets more than they bargained for when they adopt a piglet named Esther in this charming picture book. When Esther's dads first rescue her, they erroneously believe she is a mini pig and add her to the household of two dogs and two cats. As Esther grows to be six hundred pounds, she gets into trouble, but, despite all the mischief she causes, Esther's dads can't help but love her. Based on their adult memoir, Esther the Wonder Pig, Jenkins and Walter, who are Esther's real-life dads, and Crane bring this sweet family story to life for a younger audience. Doerrfeld's warm illustrations, done in digital paint, are able to capture both the affection between Esther and her dads, and the humor caused by her playful, rambunctious nature. Photos of the real Esther, along with information about the farm sanctuary in which she lives, are included.
VERDICT Young readers are sure to fall in love with Esther just like her dads did.

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