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Piggy Bunny

Piggy Bunny

Rachel Vail; Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

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A sweet story about a pig who knows he's really a bunny

Most piglets want to be pigs when they grow up. Not Liam. He wants to be a bunny. Even if it takes a lot of practice to learn how to hop...and to eat salad. Even if no one believes that a piggy can be a bunny. With a lot of determination, and a little help from his grandma, Liam is determined to make his dream come true.

For children who put on a cape or a tutu, who dream of being someone or something different, Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail, with illustrations by Jeremy Tankard, offers a reassuring and fun opportunity to believe in themselves.

This picture book is perfect for families looking for LGBTQ-friendly children's books. The sweet story about about identity, acceptance, and coming out to family members speaks to the queer and transgender experience, as well as the experience of any children who know they're different.

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)



Piggy Bunny

Meet Liam! He is a little pig who dreams of becoming The Easter Bunny! Being a bunny is not all fun and games, as Liam learns - it is hard work! But if you believe in yourself, you can do anything! Enjoy this teaser trailer to Rachel Vail and Jeremy Tankard's adorable picture book - available Winter 2012 from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group


Praise for Piggy Bunny

“This will be an enjoyably loopy and stealthily reassuring readaloud any time of the year, and it would make a terrifically offbeat Easter entry.” —BCCB, starred review

“Picture books about pigs and bunnies are perennial kid favorites, and this one, which contains nice sentiments about believing in yourself, is likely to be enjoyed long after the Easter Bunny's departure.” —Booklist

“A small piglet with a big dream--to be the Easter Bunny--will have readers laughing out loud in this spunky outing about self-esteem.” —Publishers Weekly

“Liam was born a piglet, but he knew in his heart that he was meant to be the Easter Bunny. …The pigs are drawn in heavy black lines but the body position and other touches like the way arms are held convey the emotions of Liam, family and friends. The colors that make up backgrounds on the pages and varying shades of pink among the pigs add interest.” —Children's Literature

“Tankard's characteristic bold black lines outline his anthropomorphic pigs, and pastel-colored backgrounds reflect Liam's mood.” —School Library Journal

“Though the believe-in-yourself theme has been told in many ways, Liam holds his own with his quiet determination. Who can resist a piglet who introduces himself with 'Hello, my name is Liam and I'll be your Easter Bunny'?” —Kirkus Reviews

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of PIGGY BUNNY . Another entry in the well-populated genre of animals that experience an existential crisis features a pig who wants to be the Easter Bunny. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Rachel Vail; Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Rachel Vail is the author of numerous novels and picture books, including Gorgeous, Ever After, Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, Righty and Lefty, and Justin Case. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Jeremy Tankard was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and has lived in South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee before making his home in Canada. His books include Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird (both for Scholastic) and Me Hungry! (Candlewick). Praise for his work includes: "He's a talented little oaf" (his mom), and "I love the magic noodly bits!" (some art director for some magazine).

Rachel Vail

Jeremy Tankard

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