________________ CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 33. . . .April 27, 2012


Piggy Bunny.

Rachel Vail. Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard.
New York, NY: Feiwel and Friends (Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books), 2012.
32 pp., hardcover, $16.99.
ISBN 978-0-312-64988-3.

Subject Headings:
Individuality-Juvenile fiction.
Self-confidence-Juvenile fiction.
Pigs-Juvenile fiction.
Easter Bunny-Juvenile fiction.
Animals-Infancy-Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Vasso Tassiopoulos.

*** /4



Liam felt loved.
But he also felt sad.
Everybody was sure he could
never be the Easter Bunny.
But he wondered a little bit . . .
what if they were right?


Piggy Bunny is a vibrant and amusing tale about a little pig, named Liam, who believes that he is meant to be the Easter Bunny when he grows up. Despite being told that he is fine just the way he is, Liam wants to leave behind his piglet ways to reach his goal of becoming the bunny he was truly meant to be. Throughout the story, he practices the ways of the Easter Bunny, which include hopping, eating salad, and delivering eggs, none of which come naturally to him, especially eating salad. He wants his family to believe in his dream the same way that he does, but his older brother and sister are non-supportive of his goal, and his mother and father love him as a piglet. It is in his grandparents where Liam gains the support to reach his aspired form. His grandparents believe in him and give him a bunny suit which is the final step in his transformation. The suit doesn’t fit him quite right, but what he sees in the mirror when he is wearing it looks right to him.

internal art      Rachel Vail’s narrative is complemented by Jeremy Tankard’s bright and colourful illustrations which were created with ink and digital media. The bright illustrations bring the story to life making the book animated and cartoon-like. The characters are depicted in constant motion which allows the narrative to unfold seamlessly in order to reach its hopping conclusion. The characters emotions are also carefully depicted on each page. A notable depiction of emotion, one which will resonate with readers, is in the scene wherein Liam refers to his situation as “heartbreaking”, which contrasts effectively to his content and peaceful face on the last page of the story where he is in bunny form.

      Piggy Bunny is a story that will appeal to young children who will enjoy its positive message of reaching self-acceptance. The bright images and fun dialogue will hold young readers’ attention from beginning to end. Piggy Bunny will very likely become a story they will want to read many times over.


Vasso Tassiopoulos is a graduate of the Master of Arts program in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia and currently works in an assortment of childcare settings in Toronto, ON.

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