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Children's Fiction Pigs

Piggy Bunny

by (author) Rachel Vail

illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Feiwel & Friends
Initial publish date
Feb 2012
Recommended Age
4 to 6
Recommended Grade
p to 1
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2012
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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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.

About the authors

Rachel Vail's profile page

JEREMY TANKARD est le créateur de Gros grognon, un livre favori du Los Angeles Times, et de ses compagnons Gros bobo, Gros gâté et Gros dodo. Il vit à Vancouver avec sa femme et ses deux enfants


Jeremy Tankard is the creator of the Los Angeles Times Favorite Book Grumpy Bird and its companions Boo Hoo Bird, Hungry Bird, and Sleepy Bird, and the illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Rachel Vail’s Piggy Bunny and David LaRochelle’s It's a Tiger!. The beloved Bird books are bestsellers in Tankard’s native Canada. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children.

Jeremy Tankard's profile page


  • Winner, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Editorial Reviews

“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

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