Unlikely pig owners Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micro piglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow! This funny, inspirational story shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes. In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever. It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, Tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need. Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther the Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek's adventure--from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
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First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their doors and letting us in, too. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak up behind you when you're least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love-with a pig.
Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and co-host of Our Hen House
About the Authors
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor–winning What Do You Do with a Tail like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.
Derek Walter is an animal activist and cofounder of the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario
is the author of several novels for adults, including Stupid and Contagious, Family
Affair, and With a Little Luck,
as well as Confessions of a Hater,
her first YA novel. Her debut novel, Stupid
and Contagious, won an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is a former writer
for the MTV Networks, for feature films, and for television shows including 90210 and Melrose Place. She is the daughter of Tina Louise, star of Gilligan’s Island, and Les Crane, former
television talk show host and Grammy winner. Born in Hollywood, she divides her
time between Los Angeles and New York.