Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, had their lives turned upside down when they adopted their pig-daughter Esther--the so-called micro pig who turned out to be a full-sized commercial pig growing to a whopping 600 pounds--as they describe in their bestselling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig. The book ends with them moving to a new farm, and starting a new wonderful life where they will live on the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary to care for other animals and just live happily ever after...
Or so they thought. People often think about giving it all up and just moving to a farm. In theory it sure does sound great. But as Derek and Steve quickly realized, the realities of being a farmer--especially when you have never lived on a farm let alone outside of the city--can be frantic, crazy, and even insane. Not only are they adjusting to farm life and dutifully taking care of their pig-daughter Esther (who by the way lives in the master bedroom of their house), but before they knew it their sanctuary grew to as many as 42 animals, including: pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, cows, roosters, a peacock, a duck, a horse, a donkey, and a barn cat named Willma Ferrell.
Written with joy and humor, and filled with delicious Esther-approved recipes dispersed throughout the book, this charming memoir captures an emotional journey of one little family advocating for animals everywhere.
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“Funny, moving, and heartwarming. The greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig. "
Ricky Gervais on Esther the Wonder Pig
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.