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Esther the Wonder Pig

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,523 ratings  ·  417 reviews
In the bestselling tradition of Marley and Me, a funny, heartwarming and inspiring true story about how one little pig changed her owners’ lives forever.

When an old friend contacted Steve Jenkins out of the blue and begged him to take in a ‘micro’ piglet, he couldn’t say no. Though he knew his partner wouldn’t be thrilled about him taking in yet another stray, the idea o
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Published June 1st 2016 by Affirm Press (first published May 31st 2016)
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Lisa Wait for the kid-targeted books. This is more memoir by adult for adult, there is 1 gruesome very upsetting death early on that is not animal-slaughte…moreWait for the kid-targeted books. This is more memoir by adult for adult, there is 1 gruesome very upsetting death early on that is not animal-slaughter related so I'm bracing myself for more, plus harsh language throughout. (less)
Helen Definitely! As Ila says, you can follow them on Facebook. There is a 2nd book coming out this year and also a children's book.…moreDefinitely! As Ila says, you can follow them on Facebook. There is a 2nd book coming out this year and also a children's book.(less)

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm usually that person that wants every animal I see.

I've finally found one that there is not enough cuteness in the world for me to want.
She was first.
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But then she started growing...
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And kept growing...
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And the messes. My OCD just couldn't allow me to enjoy reading about the massive pee and poop stories. Along with the huge oil spill..or eating the stove door. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Then the preachy vegan stuff? M
Laurie  |  LOHF
This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.

I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley after seeing it on Yodamom's shelf. Thanks Yodamom!

Esther is a 600+ pound pig who is internet famous. She has more followers than most people. If you google “Esther the pig” you’ll find her everywhere. This is the story of how it all happened.

Steve is a sweet young guy, living with his partner Derek, two dogs and two kitties in a 1,000 sf ap
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this true story about Esther the 'mini pig' adopted by two Canadian guys, Steve and Derek, and how she turned out to be a full sized pig who changed their lives forever. It's an incredible tale of love and resilience that they accepted all the challenges, mess and destruction that Esther threw at them as she grew from a tiny cute piglet into a full sized porker full of charm, intelligence and attitude while living in their small suburban house.

Fortunately both Steve and Derek fell in love
Rule: Never trust someone who tells you it is a Mini Pig.
It was not a bad thing that Esther turned out to be a full size 600 pound pig. She was just about 550 pounds more than expected. She was a handful and they learned the hard way/hilarious many times. Their laughter, tears and frustrations during their growth and learning of how to be adopted pig parents was a beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking thing to watch. Derek and Steve are two amazing men, with huge open hearts, and they give it
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been quite a fan of Esther's so I was excited to read this book. This is a wonderfully uplifting book. I laughed and cried . Being a vegan myself I have been amazed at how Esther , Steve and Derek have been able to change people's minds about eating meat without being preachy or militant. From the start of the story as to how Esther was acquired and through her antics and adventures you will fall in love with Derek and Steve and especially Esther. ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit, x2019-read
Despite the obviously sentimental aspect to this story, I really enjoyed learning how Esther came to live with Steve and Derek, and how they coped with the shock of raising a full-sized commercial pig as a member of their family. I knew pigs were pretty smart before reading this book, but I had not known how affectionate they are. Esther brought copious problems into the lives of the couple, but she also brought tremendous change, and love and happiness.
This book isn’t “literature”, but it’s he
Book Haunt
So one day, an ex-girlfriend of Steve’s calls up and offers him a pot-belly pig. He knows that his partner, Derek will freak out if he brings another animal home without talking about it first, but Steve just can’t resist. Come on, all you animal lovers out there does this sound even a little bit familiar? I know it does to me. My loved ones have just quit fighting it.

Esther is no bigger than a teacup when Steve brings her home and she quickly wins Derek’s heart. What both Derek and Steve don’t
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
My thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

The danger with writing a memoir is that you have the opportunity to show the world what a huge, self-centered immature jerk you are. That's why I will NEVER write memoirs. I may come across as all of the above on occasion, but why confirm it?

This book falls into that trap. I'm not saying that the author IS all of the above, just that he comes across that way in this book.

He seemed to live by the
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
Loved this book! Please check out my review on my blog . (I'm being lazy because I would have to do some reformatting for GR. I hope you'll humor me this one time.) ...more
this was written by someone else, so I'm not sure how much of the actual personality of steve jenkins she captured and how much was just her "humor" ("we went straight to the farm. we did not pass go. we did not collect $200"). it was amusing enough as a light read giving a little more background than you might have picked up on social media.

basically, a guy with no impulse control or respect for his partner's wishes gets a "mini" pig that grows to be 650 pounds and causes them to go vegan, mov
Leisha Ferguson
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esther is such a beautiful soul. Her huge personality, innocent smile and obvious unconditional love are just a few things that make so many people fall for her. Reading about how the "mini" pig came to be adopted by Steve and Derek was incredibly cool, especially when I realized how many things fell into place once they decided to keep her. I was laughing one second, tearing up the next, and it definitely got me thinking about living an "Esther Approved" lifestyle. I will continue to follow Est ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started to follow Esther on Facebook, and dreamed about having my own Esther! I have been quite a fan of Esther's, so I was excited to buy and read this book. And I was not disappointed! I laughed out loud so many times while reading it! This is an important book because due to Esther's popularity and unscrupulous people selling "mini" or "teacup" pigs! NEVER believe someone who tells you it that you are buying a Mini Pig. That is what Esther's dads were told and led to believe that she wouldn ...more
Well, that was cute. Not as much to it as I was hoping, though, but very cute.
Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)
I've followed Esther the Wonder Pig on social media for a while now. It's amazing how quickly my partner Owen and I became invested in her life, and by extension, the lives of Steve and Derek, the men who adopted her.

Reading about their journey raising Esther was an absolute joy. I also think it was an important book because due to Esther's popularity I think a lot of people have started to fantasize about the idea of owning their own pigs. Esther The Wonder Pig doesn't glorify pig ownership. I
Esther the Wonder Pig is more than a social media sensation. She is also a vibrant voice, leading the way in changing how people interact with the world around them. Gone are the horrifying photos of slaughterhouses and statistics, gone are the shaming and accusations - all are replaced by a smiling pig, doing piggy things. Esther and her owners are changing the world through humor, positivity, and simply walking the walk and being an example of all they promote. Esther is a giant personality i ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love Esther the wonder pig. I've been following her facebook page for a long time. It was great to get further back story about how she came into her dads lives. I listened to the audio narrated by her dad Steve. He did a great job telling his story. I want a pig so bad. But as you learn from the book they are a ton of work and get into all kinds of trouble. Was dying laughing at some parts such as when Esther spills oil all over the house and then gets on their bed covered in it. I also got t ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Let me preface this with the fact that I am an animal lover ... all and any! Goats are my new passion as I have a couple of friends that have goats! Anywho, I love animals!

Esther, Esther, Esther ... what a funny, crazy, large personality you have. I have always heard from pig people that pigs are uber intelligent. Seems correct after reading about Esther’s sneaky antics and her manipulation techniques. One adorable piggy.

You are going to have to wade through some messiness, pee
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing this book, I'm still amazed that this couple raised a full size pig in their home. I loved hearing how the sanctuary, Happily Ever Esther, began. Getting to know an animal many think of as food often changes how people view the entire species. I appreciate as well how they use positivity to make an impact. ...more
Rachel V.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Esther for a long time since I just accidentally found her one day on Facebook and fell in love with her beautiful face and the side eye look that she gives. Any Esther fan is going to love this book. If you're not a fan yet you will soon become one after reading it. It tells the story of partners Steve and Derrick taking in what they thought was a micro pig to an already over full house only to discover, after they fell in love with her, that she was a commercial farm pig an ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found myself to be reading a book which ultimately rejects farming, and I became much less interested in it once that became clear. And the writing style was not my cup of tea. It didn't seem written, so much as transcripted gab sessions between the pet owners and their co-writer.

What got me to pick this up was to learn about a farm sanctuary. Disappointingly for me, the narrative ended when they moved to the farmhouse; this was only the story of how they came to be there.

As they describe thei
Mary Lou
The pig is entertaining. The guys are likable. The story is hard to believe. The book is okay. It's a quick read that gives fans of Esther's Facebook page her history with Steve and Derek. Some heartbreaking moments and, frankly, some gross moments. I give props to the guys for choosing to soft pedal their message which, in my experience, is a much more effective way to win people over than nagging and berating them.

PS This book isn't really appropriate for kids, even though it's an easy book t
Alicia Maclean
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I already knew much of this story, I found myself both laughing and crying more than I ever have from a book. It's a quick read, and feels like you're reading a long email from a friend. At times the tone was a little too casual, but overall I very much enjoyed this and would recommend to anyone. It definitely parallels the thoughts/actions we all have through major life events, including the second-guessing of ourselves and throwing caution to the wind when you just know, in your gu ...more
Keep Calm Novel On
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely delightful read. A touching love story. Will be enjoyed by all. Thank you Steve, Derek and Esther for sharing.
Stephanie Jane
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I'm probably the only person to have recently discovered Esther through finding out about this book, rather than having already heard of her through her wildly successful social media presence. Esther The Wonder Pig is February's Vegan Book Club (on Goodreads) choice and we're reading the book together as a group all through the month. Please do feel welcome to join us!

I was very entertained by Steve's story of being suckered into adopting Es
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am familiar with Esther. I have seen pictures of her on her Facebook page. Yet, I have not been a follower of her's since the beginning. So, it was a treat to get to see how it all began. I have raised chickens and turkeys; yet I can't imagine raising a full commercial size pig.

I had to laugh when Steve accepted Esther and was thinking of ways to ease Derek into the idea. When I was younger, my mom, sister, and I were at a craft fair. As we left, there in the parking lot was a guy selling bla
Just the (very) light read I needed at the moment. A short, chatty tale of how the author and his partner adopted what they thought would be a mini-pig but which turned out to be a (currently 650 pound) commercial pig, became vegans, and started a sanctuary. It's not especially well-written or deep - their animal rights research seems to have involved watching a few Netflix documentaries, but I suppose that's already more research than the author put in before coming home with a pig! But it seem ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes animals
Like Esther the Wonder Pig’s social media accounts and Esther herself, this book is an absolute delight. It’s funny, sassy, emotional and gently educational, and should be read by everyone.

Steve and Derek were already well-schooled in caring for pets of the traditional variety—they shared their small Canadian home with two dogs and two cats. However, when Steve impulsively takes up a Facebook friend’s offer to rescue a “mini pig,” their lives take a cataclysmic shift. As the tiny piglet grows—a
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A few months or so ago my boyfriend and I had a conversation, I can't even remember what it was about or how we came to the topic of pigs, but I remembered seeing a story about two men who adopted a pig and we somehow landed on the facebook page of Esther the Wonder Pig. It quickly became one of my favourite facebook pages to follow and every day I am looking forward to seeing Esther her adorable pictures show up on my timeline. She is so adorable and has so much personality and it's fun to see ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 - This is a heart warming story about a couple who mistakenly take in a commercial full sized pig thinking it’s a mini-pig. The mom in me kept screaming hell no at the mess and chaos created, but my animal loving escapist side connected with their dream to move to a farm. The story is very short and it’s pretty clear the main authors are not experienced writers. I would have enjoyed more details, but the sequel is next on my reading list so I’m sure I’ll get my fill.
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Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Steve Jenkins is a Canadian realtor. In 2012 he and his partner Derek Walter adopted what they thought was a mini pig, who turned out to be a full-sized commercial sow. Since then, Esther the Wonder Pig has become a social media sensation and the couple has opened Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary.

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