The Christmas Pig By J. K. Rowling
Book/Novel Author: J. K. Rowling
Book/Novel Title: The Christmas Pig
A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.One boy and his toy are about to change everything…Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens — DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. And Jack’s newest toy — the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known…
We aren’t finished with this but I’ve been reading my kiddos a chapter or two each night and they are really interested in it! My daughter (8) tends to enjoy more real life dramas so the beginning pulled her in. My son (4) loooooves Harry Potter and suspense stories. The “Loser” has got him intrigued! Can’t wait to finish it!
This story reminds me of a modern-day Wizard of Oz, written by the great Harry Potter author. Ms. Rowling’s writing prowess is in tiptop shape here as she deftly tells the clever story of young Jack and his very favorite friend, a stuffed pig called Dur Pig, or DP for short. Jack’s life drastically changes in various ways, making him rely more on DP for support. One Christmas Eve, however, DP is lost. Jack’s mother gives him a new Christmas Pig, CP for short, who tells Jack about a secret, mysterious world known as Land of the Lost, where all lost things end up, ruled by the terrible Loser. CP offers to take Jack to this hidden world, and so their adventure begins. Themes of friendship, family, diversity, honesty, hope, and more are spread throughout this entertaining story that will generate excellent discussions during family reading times.
I listened to this book through Audible, which I highly recommend because it has theatrical effects which bring the story to life. However, I did order a hard copy of the book as well, since I enjoyed it so much. The land Rowling created in this tale is truly unforgettable and full of magic. Prior to purchasing the book, I had read a few reviews which hinted that parts of the story weren’t appropriate for children because they concerned divorce. However, in my opinion, the part concerning Jack’s parents’ divorce was very minimal, and it could easily be skipped or reworked in someway by a parent reading the book to his or her child. Even if left in tact, I don’t think it was inappropriate. We live in a world where most children either come from a home of divorce or at least know someone who does. It is futile to try and shelter a child too heavily from that reality. Rowling’s inclusion of divorce definitely did not take away from the wonder of the story. To me, it painted a more vivid picture of why DP was so important to Jack. All in all, once you get to the adventure part of the story, if you don’t fall in love with The Christmas Pig, I’d be very surprised.
Here is a holiday tale meant to be read aloud to a varied crowd, charming and clever, spiced up with bits of scariness, courage and redemption. A seven year old can take the adventure at face value while older children and adults will be amused by JK Rowling’s imaginative wit. Reminiscent of Velveteen Rabbit, Holly and Ivy, and Toy Story, its theme touches on how love enlivens things. Once again the author has built a magical world–one that will haunt you the next time you misplace something and will serve as a guide for things that are gone, disposable, or beloved.
I don’t usually write Amazon reviews, but… I feel strongly about this one!! Read this to my 9 year old, we both LOVED it! Now we are recommending it to all our friends! I hope they make it into a movie at some point to add to our must-watch Christmas movie list!