A Heartwarming, Page-turning Adventure: Read Our Review of The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Field

A Heartwarming, Page-turning Adventure: Read Our Review of The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Field

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 annoying 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…

It might be December, but The Christmas Pig is easily one of my favourite reads of the year. It’s a heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured things and how far he will go to find them. It’s a tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

From Jack and the Christmas Pig’s blossoming friendship to the characters of Poem and Pretense (my personal favourites), there’s so much to love about this novel. On the surface, this story is about Jack’s search for DP, the friendships he makes and the lessons he learns. But on a deeper level, it tackles very real issues of divorce, bullying and learning to accept change through the not-so-naïve eyes of Jack.

The Christmas Pig looks at the concept of separation: more broadly with Jack’s parents, and more personally when it comes to DP. DP is a symbol of consistency in Jack’s life – when he becomes lost, so does Jack. But they both find their way. It’s a story about accepting change and learning to move on – for the better. Ultimately, the past will always hold its sentimentality and nostalgia. While change can be scary, uncomfortable and unwanted, when you learn to embrace it, you can find peace in the unknown: ‘losing is a part of living, but some us live even though we’re lost. That’s what love does.’

The novel features nine black and white spreads, as well as decorative inside art from renowned illustrator Jim Field. The illustrations help capture the journey Jack and the Christmas Pig are on, from the comfort of Jack’s home to the vividly stunning cities in Land of the Lost. This story makes you appreciate what you have, whether that’s your beloved childhood toy or your school lunchbox; everything has value. I’ll be holding onto all of my things extra tight from here on out.

Presented in a gorgeously gifty hardback with full-colour jacket, The Christmas Pig is perfect for young readers aged 9+. It encapsulates the magic of Christmas time, emphasising the importance of being grateful for the things we have and the people we’re surrounded by.

Buy a copy of The Christmas Pig here.

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    Publisher details

    The Christmas Pig
    Author
    J.K. Rowling
    Publisher
    Hachette
    Genre
    Children’s Fiction
    Released
    12 October, 2021
    ISBN
    9781444964912

    Synopsis

    Recommended for ages 8+.

    One boy and his toy are about to change everything... 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.

    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 annoying 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...

    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. A gorgeously gifty hardback, with full-colour jacket and featuring 9 black and white spreads and decorative inside art from renowned illustrator, Jim Field.
    Jim Field
    About the author

    Jim Field

    Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Insideas well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear. Jim is the 5th bestselling illustrator in the UK.

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    J.K. Rowling
    About the author

    J.K. Rowling

    J.K. Rowling is the author of the much-loved series of seven Harry Potter novels, originally published between 1997 and 2007. Along with the three companion books written for charity, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films.Originally written by J.K. Rowling in aid of Comic Relief as a Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them became the inspiration behind a new and original five-film series for Warner Bros., the first of which was released in 2016. The second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was released in November 2018.J.K. Rowling has collaborated with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened in London's West End in 2016 and on Broadway in 2018, and will have further worldwide openings in 2019.J.K. Rowling also writes the Cormoran Strike crime novels, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The fourth in this series was published in autumn 2018. The Strike books have been adapted for television for BBC and HBO television by Bronte Film & Television. J.K. Rowling is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a standalone novel for adults, published in 2012.

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